Saturday, October 31, 2009
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STOCKBRIDGE - Newton fought to within two points of Union Grove in the fourth quarter, but the Wolverines thwarted every attempt by the Rams' offense to change what became a 21-19 loss on the road.
The loss sets up a crucial matchup with Luella (4-5, 3-3) next Friday, a game that holds the fate of Newton's playoff hopes. The Lions were 35-12 winners over Douglass to pull into a tie for fourth place in the region with the Rams.
Running back Akeem Hunt led Newton (5-4, 3-3) with 147 yards rushing on 21 carries with two touchdowns.
His last touchdown was set up when Union Grove (8-1, 5-1) was forced to punt and gave the Rams excellent possession on the Wolverines 38. Four plays later, Hunt plunged up the middle for a 2-yard score to make it 21-19 with 6:28 left in the game.
But when Newton took its next possession with only 3:10 remaining in the game, it was forced to throw the ball, something it had little success with Friday night. Newton went four-and-out. Union Grove took possession and ran out the clock, putting the Rams' playoffs aspirations in question.