The Newton Eagles Varsity Football team defeated the Georgetown - Ridge Farm Buffaloes with a final score of 36-16 in the season home opener for the Eagles and beginning the path to playoffs. The atmosphere at Chizevsky Field was electric as the 2017 Eagles stormed the field through the tunnel of band members and cheerleaders. Many of these players upperclassmen who are ready to step up into the starting roles left vacant at the end of the last season.

With much cooler weather the Eagles and the Buffaloes both traveled the field in the first quarter, but both remained scoreless. A little over a minute into the second quarter, the Eagles are able to put points on the board when Peyton Doughty scored on a five yard rushing touchdown followed by a Ben Carr extra point. With 8:02 left in the first half, the Eagles scored again as Peyton Doughty scored on a 28 yard touchdown and Ben Carr kicked an extra point. At 4:32 in the second, Connor Bierman pass the ball to 89 Jaden Kul for a 10 yard touchdown and Ben Carr made his third extra point of the season. With a minute left until halftime, Georgetown scores on the Eagles as Austin Hitchman scored a one yard rushing touchdown and Stevie Dailey completes the two point conversion bringing the halftime score to 21-8.

The first score of the third quarter came when Bryce Hance tackled Kamden Knight in the end zone for a safety scoring two more for the Eagles. At 4:14 in the third quarter Dawson Phillips scored a seven yard rushing touchdown. At 3:17 in the third quarter, Keenen Stingley scored on a 15 yard rushing touchdown which was followed by a two point conversion. The Eagles had the final score with a three yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter with 0:17 seconds. Ben Carr then kicked an extra point.

The fourth quarter was scoreless.

Coach Jason Fulton spoke about the game, “It was nice to get the first win against Georgetown. I thought the kids played hard and fought through some adversity on the field. This game was a good test on what we need to work on and to make some improvements. I was very pleased with the offense and special teams and thought the defense really put up a nice battle, we just have to get better in a couple areas on defense. Georgetown was a much improved team from last year and should be a handful in their conference.”

Friday, the Eagles will travel to Casey where two years ago, they upset the Casey Warriors and began what has now the start of a third year of being undefeated in the regular season. Coach Fulton states, “Casey will be another tough test for us. Casey is down a little from their glory days but they play hard and seem to be explosive. Casey is not very deep and this might be one of their weaknesses for the season. I have full confidence in our players that they are going to prepare themselves to be better this week and to start the LIC off in the right way.”

Game Statistics

Georgetown - Ridge Farm 0 8 8 0

Newton 0 21 15 0

Total Yards

Georgetown - Ridge Farm 222

Newton 328

2Q Newton Peyton Doughty 5 Yard Rushing TD

2Q Newton Ben Carr Extra Point Made

2Q Newton Peyton Doughty 28 Yard Rushing TD

2Q Newton Ben Carr Extra Point Made

2Q Newton Connor Bierman Pass to 89 Jaden Kuhl 10 Yard TD

2Q Newton Ben Carr Extra Point Made

2Q Georgetown - Ridge Farm Austin Hitchman 1 Yard Rushing TD

2Q Georgetown - Ridge Farm Stevie Dailey 3 Yard Rushing 2 pt Conversion

3Q Newton Team Safety

3Q Newton Dawson Phillips 7 Yard Rushing TD

3Q Georgetown - Ridge Farm Keenen Stingley 15 Yard Rushing TD

3Q Georgetown - Ridge Farm Austin Hitchman 3 Yard Rushing TD

3Q Newton Peyton Doughty 3 Yard Rushing TD

3Q Newton Ben Carr Extra Point Made

Rushing

Colton Goode 1 for -1 Yards

Connor Brown 5 for 23 Yards

Peyton Doughty 19 for 119 Yards 3 TD

Dawson Phillips 5 for 47 Yards 1 TD

Connor Bierman 5 for 15 Yards

Adam Bridges 3 for 41 Yards

Rhett Kocher 1 for -7 Yards

Receiving

Trenton Duncan 4 for 36 Yards

Connor Brown 1 for 23 Yards

Bryce Hance 1 for 5 Yards

Jaden Kuhl 1 for 10 Yards

Passing

Colton Goode 2 for 20 Yards

Connor Bierman 10 for 71 Yards

Defensive Tackles

Trenton Duncan 4

Skyler Benefield 1

Jaxon Barthelme 1

Dawson Phillips 3

Bryce Hance 3

Isaiah Bromeling 1

Connor Bierman 2

Adam Bridges 11

Walker Goodwin 1

Teddy Frichtl 1

Wyatt Emmerich 1

Austin Bush 1

Rhett Kocher 1

Jaden Kuhl 1

Field Goals

Ben Carr 4 for 4

Sacks

Bryce Hance 1

Interceptions

Skyler Benefield 1 for 16 Yards