Newton Rams defenders bring down Stephenson wide receiver Lontario Collier during Friday's game. In this play a flag was thrown for an illegal shift and the play was brought back. No gain for Stephenson. Newton's defense worked, however, Jaguar running back Mike Davis proved too much to stop in a 34-6 defeat of the hometown Rams.
COVINGTON -- Southeastern Conference football fans living in Covington got to see a bit of the league's future Friday. University of Florida commitment Mike Davis led a dominating ground attack for visiting Stephenson as Class AAAAA's No. 5 team cruised to a 34-6 Region 2-AAAAA victory over Newton at Sharp Stadium.
Davis led the Jaguars (5-0, 3-0) with 198 yards on the ground and scored a pair of touchdowns while Florida Atlantic commitment Pernell Whitehead added 139 all-purpose yards. The Newton offense helped out, turning the ball over five times as the Rams (2-3, 0-3) fell three games behind the region leader.
Davis wasted no time getting Stephenson the first lead of the game, taking the first play from scrimmage and rumbling 63 yards for the game's first score.
Trailing 6-0, Newton threatened to put points on the board early in the second quarter. A 17-yard duck-and-dash up the middle from Javonte Williams got the Rams inside Stephenson's 20.
However, a delay of game penalty, incomplete pass, negative run and short pick up brought a fourth-and-13 and as Newton lined up for a field goal to cut the lead in half, Zach Sullivan's 37-yard attempt was blocked.
Midway through the second quarter, Kyle Fleetwood took some more wind out of the Rams' sail as he stepped in front of a Gmatriean Brown pass at midfield and returned the pick 50 yards to give the Jaguars a 13-0 cushion.
Stephenson's defense forced another turnover as Brown was sacked and fumbled inside Newton's 40-yard line with four minutes remaining in the half. The Jaguars proved opportunistic again when junior quarterback Justin Holman hit tight end Josh Parris for a 24-yard touchdown, which made it 20-0.
Davis and Whitehead dashed any hopes of a Newton comeback early in the fourth quarter with a two play, 47-yard drive coming on the heels of a Jaguars interception, which increased the lead to 27-0. Newton finally got on the board with a 13-play, 69-yard drive that culminated with Brown, who threw for 141 yards, finding Aaron Pierce for a three-yard touchdown toss.
Stephenson will try to keep its unbeaten record intact when it plays Langston Hughes next weekend. Newton, which dropped its third consecutive game, takes on M.L. King.