Rams get 23-3 win over Langston Hughes, pieces fall in place for playoff hopes

COVINGTON -- Newton's Javonte Williams got closer to reaching the milestone of 1,000 yards rushing for the season with a 46-yard touchdown run in the Rams' 23-7 win over Langston Hughes on Friday.

Williams also had a seven-yard touchdown run with cornerback Nick Hardeman scoring Newton's (5-4 overall, 2-4 in Region 2-AAAAA) other touchdown a three-yard fumble recovery.

The other score came when Tyree Brown forced a safety on punt.

"I'm very proud of our offense. Javonte read the ball plays really well and B.J. Reid did as well," said Newton head coach Cortez Allen.

"We did an excellent job of holding onto the ball. For the second week in a row we haven't committed a turnover. I'm excited and proud about that."

With the yardage gained by Williams, he will need another 100-yard game against Luella (4-5, 1-5) on Friday to reach the 1,000-yard mark.

"The figures aren't in from (Friday's) game," said Allen. "So he may be need a little bit over or a little bit under 100 yards."

One aspect of Newton's game that was a pleasant surprise for Allen was the defense holding the Panthers (2-7, 0-6) to a field goal.

"Defensively, we did a real good job. I'm not really sure what it was. I really thought their offense was going to be a little bit more high-powered than it was. We were able to contain them. They got a few runs on us because it was really wet out there and the guys were sliding. But for the most part we held them under control," Allen said.

In order for Newton to make it to the Class AAAAA playoffs, it must do its part by beating Luella on Friday. The Rams are also going to need help from Newnan and Westlake. A win by Newton plus a loss by Newnan's opponent (East Coweta) and a Westlake win over Langston Hughes puts the Rams in the playoffs.

M.L. King beat East Coweta on Friday 20-7 while Westlake had a 33-15 win over Luella to keep Newton's chances alive.

"I'm a little nervous just because just because three of the last four years this game against Luella either put one of us in or took one of out of the playoffs. I want us to go out and play with a purpose," Allen said. "It's hard to depend on other teams to seal our fate."