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COVINGTON — Kemani Pittman helped get the job done on offense and Robbie Wallace did it on defense as the Rams won their first game of the season, besting Alcovy 14-7 in a Region 2-AAAAAA matchup on Friday at Homer Sharp Stadium.
Pittman had a touchdown pass for the Rams (1-4, 1-0) and threw for 191 yards, going 7-for-13 with five of his completions going for 20 or more yards. He also had a rushing score on a 5-yard run.
On defense, Wallace was all over the field with two interceptions and an 11-yard sack on Alcovy quarterback Clayton Anderson to put the Tigers (2-4, 1-1) in a third-and-long situation.
“It was hard-fought. We’re proud of them,” Newton head coach Cortez Allen said. “(The win) feels great and this was part of the goal; to come out and win the first region game to put us in a position to win one of those four playoff spots.”
Newton’s defense held the Alcovy Tigers to just four first downs in the game. They also kept the offense off the field, forcing Alcovy to go three and out in seven of its 11 possessions. The other four plays resulted in a touchdown, an interception on its third play and two drives of eight or more plays that did not produce any points.
“As I’ve said all week, they’re a good football team,” Alcovy head coach Kirk Hoffman said. “We had to be disciplined but we weren’t very disciplined at times and it cost us on both sides. We have to find some consistency. There’s no doubt about it.”
Alcovy’s offense was held to 71 yards. It ran the ball 29 times for a net gain of 21 yards while completing five passes for 50 yards. The Rams, on the other hand, ran for 108 yards on 46 carries for a total of 299 yards.
Newton scored its first touchdown midway through the second period with Pittman capping a 12-play, 67-yard drive with a five-yard run. Besides using his legs on the drive, Pittman also used his arm in the drive, completing a 27-yard pass to Aaron Pierce and turning a third-and-15 play into first-and-goal on the 10.
Despite being outplayed, running 18 plays to Newton’s 37, the Tigers were only down by seven points at halftime.
“I thought, in the second half, if we did some things right we could get back in it, we did. We held them, got the ball where we needed,” Hoffman said.
After taking advantage of a short punt, the Tigers tied the game with 23 seconds left in the third quarter on a 25-yard pass from Marcus Williams to Antwan Glover.
However, the Rams responded with a 69-yard touchdown pass from Pittman to David Comer 15 seconds into the fourth period.
“I knew it was going to come down to one or two plays,” Hoffman said.
Alcovy had several chances to turn things around as Dante Washington and Ryan Adams recovered two of Newton’s six fumbles, while Williams had an interception.
Alcovy has a bye next week while Newton travels to Adams Stadium in DeKalb to play Druid Hills.