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Playoff home field on the line for Newton

COVINGTON -- The Luella-Newton game has always been an important game, and tonight's 7:30 game at Homer Sharp Stadium isn't any different.

Even though Luella (2-7 overall, 2-3 Region 2-AAAAAA) is out of playoff contention, a win by the Rams (3-5, 3-1) puts Newton at home for the first round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs.

"They (Newton players) understand that we have a playoff seat but we're trying to keep them focused on the fact that we want this home playoff game and that we want to finish the season on a high note," Newton head coach Cortez Allen said.

Even though the Rams have won the last three games in the series, including last season's 36-30 win that went into four overtime periods, the game could be different this season as the Lions have failed to live up to expectations.In previous seasons, the Lions could be counted on to fight for the entire game. Even though Luella is averaging 19 points while giving up 23 on average, the Lions have not been able to find a way to win the close ones. But one thing is for sure, Allen is not planning on dropping his guard to give the Lions a chance to sneak up and win the game.

"They haven't shown that and we're going to make sure we're not the team they show that against," Allen said. "It's surprising, where they are this year. Especially with the way they've been building over the last few years.

"This has been a big game for us, last year it was decided in four overtime periods. It was probably one of the most exciting games I've coached in my career."