COVINGTON -- Coming off its first win of the season, Newton's football team is ready to make it 2-0 in Region 2-AAAAAA play as it travels to Adams Stadium to take on Druid Hills at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The Rams (1-4) feel confident that they can win their second region game. Giving the Rams a boost in their ability to go undefeated in region play is their size. Even though the Red Devils (2-3, 0-2) have speed, Newton head coach Cortez Allen does not think Druid Hills has anyone that can physically match up to his line.
"We feel this is a game we should win and be fairly dominant in the ball game," Allen said. "I don't see anyone on their offensive line that can match with anyone on our defensive line. Looking at their linebackers and secondary, our running backs should be able to hit some creases and do some things. I just don't see them as a team overall giving us much problems. They have a couple of good athletes. Other than that, they look kind of young and undersized."
Although the Red Devils have the ability to throw with quarterback Kyle Simmons passing for 309 yards in four games going 21-for-47 with five touchdowns and four interceptions, Allen does not feel that they do it enough or for long enough yardage to make them two-dimensional.
While their main threat is running the ball, the Red Devils are not that proficient at that either, only averaging 131 yards a game behind sophomore Hassan Enis (53 yards a game) and senior Jaquan Johnson (49 yards a game).
"They do some wildcat stuff with two or three different running backs and they have two kids they swap in at quarterback," Allen said. "We just have to be mindful with our blitzing because we don't want to be caught in a trick play and not be prepared."
Because Driud Hills does not have size on defense, it must rely on keeping the opposing offense off-balance by mixing things up. Newton's offense should be fine as long as it can keep from being distracted and run the ball behind Darius Dean and James Hardeman while allowing Kemani Pittman time to throw.
"Defensively, they do some unorthodox things," Allen said. "The linebacker will be in a tight formation and will walk over the center's head out of a 4-3. There are some natural bubbles in their defense. We're going to try to take advantage of some of those things."