Newton’s Atrice Hobbs gets away from Druid Hills’ Jordan Page during Friday’s game at Homer Sharp Stadium. (Staff photo: Erin Evans)
COVINGTON — Newton quarterback Romario Johnson had four touchdown passes and ran for another as the Rams improved their Region 2-AAAAAA record to 2-0 with their 32-21 win over Druid Hills on Friday at Homer Sharp Stadium.
Even though he had the touchdown passes while throwing for 217 yards on 10 completions and ran another 131 more, Rams head coach Terrance Banks felt he could have played a little better. One aspect the sophomore quarterback could show improvement was his decision-making ability as Johnson completed half his passes and had two interceptions.
“One I’ll give him because the ball was tipped off somebody’s hand. But the first one, the guy was open but he waited too long and gave him time to recover,” Banks said. “The interceptions have to be fixed.”
The Newton (3-3, 2-0) defense held the Red Devils (2-4, 0-3) to 60 yards on the ground sacking quarterback Michael Scott three times. Linebacker Tony Collins had an interception while the Rams defense forced four fumbles recovering it twice. One thing Newton could not do was control the penalties getting flagged 21 times, including six personal fouls, for 188 yards. Druid Hills was able to do something they have not done in any other region game, put points on the board.
“I’m upset, Druid Hills were outscored 96-0 the last two games and they come out here and score 21 points and we gave them a lot of confidence,” Banks said. “It’s a win but I don’t feel great.”
Newton jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter scoring touchdown on a 30-yard pass to Davonte Jones and a 69-yard pass to Taylor Hawkins. They tried to go for a two-point conversion both times but were unable to covert.
Druid Hills scored their first points in region play on a one-yard dive by quarterback Michael Scott inside of a minute left to play in the first half. Newton helped the Red Devils by giving them a short field after failing to get a first down on a fourth and three play from their 25-yard line.
Newton came back in the second half scoring twice in the third quarter and once in the fourth to go up 32-7. Their first score of the second half came on a 13-yard pass to Jones and a 28-yard run by Johnson. Their final score came on a 23-yard pass to DeAndre Huff.
Both of Druid Hills scores came on one-yard runs with carries by Scott and Equavius Huff.
Newton’s next game will be Friday at Rockdale.