COVINGTON - The Newton Rams football team has got to find a way to put last week behind them and play a fundamentally sound game against McIntosh if they home to end their five-game losing streak when the Rams take on the Chiefs today at 7 p.m. at Homer Sharp Stadium.
The Rams were unable to overcome fumbles and interceptions in last week's loss to Alcovy.
"The only thing you can do is stress ball security and make sure that the fundamental things are done right," Newton head coach Nick Collins said. "We've done some things this week that to help us overcome those missed assignments."
While McIntosh is young and under a new coach, their fourth head coach in as many years, the Chiefs were able to move the ball in their home opener.
McIntosh sophomore quarterback Cam Porter threw for 249 yards and three touchdowns while they rushed for 107 yards with Daiynann Epps leading the way with 66 yards.
"We're ready for their passing game. McIntosh is a sound football team but I think we're sound on defense," Collins said. "We rely too much on our defense right now. It's going to be that way until we come around offensively."
Collins is not too worried about his defense. Last week the Rams' defense kept Alcovy out of the end zone even with the Tigers being in the red zone five times including once inside the 10-yard line.
While the defense can do a good job stopping whatever comes before them, Newton's offensive line must find a way to fight through their inexperience and give quarterback Tyree Williams the chance to look downfield.
"When you look up front, no one on the offensive line had started in a varsity game. They're very inexperienced and what we're doing on the offensive line, scheme-wise, is in-depth. Until we get some experience at it it's going to be slow coming. We have to me more creative in finding ways of moving the football until the basis of our offense is grasped," Collins said.
The key to giving Newton the win is going to depend controlling the ball and gaining first downs. They also have to either find a way to get some big plays or at least keep that threat alive.
"Ball control. That's the bottom line. We've got to control the football. We went out last Friday and the first three or four times we were three and out. We can't do that," Collins said. "We have to control the football. We have got to get some big plays. We have got to put people on their heels."
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