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Second half big for Newton in their win

JOHNS CREEK -- For the second time in as many games Newton's football team been forced to comeback from behind to avoid a loss and remain unbeaten. Trailing 21-9 at the half against Northview, the Rams scored 27 unanswered points to get the 36-21 win on Friday.

"We don't know why they came out flat. Based on the last two weeks of practice things have been good. One thing that we say about our kids is that when there's a significant change in how we do things we kind of expect the unexpected. It's a good feeling that those kids can come back and pull together and continue to fight," Newton head coach Cortez Allen said. "The last two ball games we've had to comeback from behind. We scored and everybody was patient so that was good."

In the first half, the Rams (3-0) defense gave up several first-down passes on third and long situations. They also gave up a punt return for a touchdown just before the first half ended to give Northview (1-3) the 12-point halftime lead.

"It was kind of that eerie feeling like they didn't know where to go. We gave them a pretty intense talking to at halftime. Coming out of the second half we had a renewed spirit and dominated the game," Allen said.

Newton showed their dominance early in the third half when Rams quarterback Gmatreian Brown connected with Deshawn McKenzie for a 60-plus yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter.

The Rams defense also stepped their game in the second half. After giving up several long passes to keep drives going, they started going after the Titans quarterback. A play by Tyrique Brown on a third and eight play not only helped seal the game, it also sparked the offense as well.

"They threw a little wide receiver screen when Tyrique gave a big hit on one of their running backs," Allen said. "That gave us a lot of momentum and got the guys pumped. We started to pound the football and as we started to pound the football they couldn't stop it. Javonte Williams and BJ Reid just pounded the ball on the ground."

Having another big game on special teams was punter Zach Sullivan who pinned the Titans deep in their territory with two punts inside the 5-yard line.

Starting the season 3-0, the Rams are ready to start Region 2-AAAAA against Newnan (1-2) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.