COVINGTON -- Newton's defense found a way to slow down Lowndes from its first game but its offense is still scoreless as the Vikings won 31-0 at Martin Stadium on Friday.
"We're really pleased with the effort our kids gave," Newton head coach Cortez Allen said. "That's a positive and that's what we're building on. We knew going into this game that going into this stretch it was going to be tough."
In its first week against Region 2-AAAAAA Luella, Lowndes (2-0) had 473 yards of total offense while scoring seven touchdowns. The Rams (0-2) defense severely slowed down the Vikings to 268 yards of total offense and only four touchdowns. Newton's defense held an offense that gained 405 yards on the ground to 181 yards on 43 carries while forcing and recovering two fumbles. Picking up the loose ball for the Rams were David Comer and Nick White. Tackling the ball carrier behind the line of scrimmage were Joe Rockett and Robbie Wallace.
The Vikings were 8 of 15 in their passing game for 87 yards as they were 5-for-12 on third-down conversions and 2-for-5 on fourth-down conversions.
Newton's offense unfortunately was unable to get out of its own way gaining on 71 yards of total offense, with only nine coming in the second half. The Rams were 2 of 10 on third-down conversions.
The Rams actually had 42 positive yards on the ground but they lost 21 yards for a net gain of 21. Leading the Rams in their running game was James Hardeman who had 14 yards on six carries with five yards coming in one play while going 4-for-12 for 50 yards. Newton also hurt itself with two fumbles and one interception.
"We had a fumble as we were going down the field pretty well. We got inside their 20 off a turnover and ended up turning the ball back over on downs. We're still trying to overcome some injuries," Allen said. "Our offensive line has some major injuries. All three of our interior lineman are out. We're working with the doctors and physical therapist to get them back healthy."
First downs were also difficult to come by as Newton had seven, two coming from rushing and the passing game and three from Lowndes penalties.
Penalties again hurt Newton as it was penalized 10 times for 52 yards. Of the 19 first downs by the Vikings, three were because of Newton penalties.
The Rams have more than a week to fix their problems before heading back south to play Valdosta on Sept. 21.
"One of our concerns is to get our offensive line to gel. We've had some many injuries and so many new kids going in and out that it's been tough on them up front. This week we can work on ourselves and not worry about preparing for someone else," Allen said.
"I like this show called 'Wheeler Dealers.' We found that classic car that all we're doing is fine tuning. We just have to clean them up and get them back on the road. We have a lot of confidence in our kids and we believe in what they're doing."