Newton blows early lead in 26-10 loss to M.L. King

COVINGTON -- Newton jumped on the Lions early but turnovers quickly ended any hopes of an upset as the GACA Class AAAAA No. 3 ranked Lions came from behind to win the game 26-10 on Friday at Hallford Stadium.

The Rams (3-4 overall, 0-4 in Region 2-AAAAA) took advantage of a couple of M.L. King (7-0, 4-0) mistakes to go up 10-0.

The first score, a safety, came when the ball sailed out the of the back of the end zone on a punt attempt. The second score, a touchdown, was a result of Antonio Williams ripping the ball out of the hands of the running back and scampering 30 yards for the score. Following the two-point conversion, the Rams led 10-0.

The Lions were able to get on the scoreboard inside of the final minute of the first half.

"They ended up scoring on two long passes with 53 seconds left in the half," Newton head coach Cortez Allen said. "So we were up 10-7 at the half."

The Rams put themselves in excellent position to add to their total if it weren't for fumbles.

"We came out and basically held the ball for the entire third quarter just running the ball up and down the field. We ended up fumbling the ball and they got it," Allen said. "Going into the fourth quarter it was still 10-7. Early in the fourth quarter they punted and we got the ball on the four. We fumbled and they picked it up and went in for a touchdown. We blocked the extra point so at that point it was 13-10."

M.L. King took advantage of another long pass midway through the fourth quarter to go up 19-10 before finding the end zone one more time before the end of the game.

"The (game) was much closer than the score indicated. We played pretty hard all game. It was the best game our kids have played all year. It was a complete game for us," Allen said. "We did a great job on offense and an excellent job on defense. Our special teams were on point. We had a return average of over 35 yards. We couldn't ask anything more from the kids."