COVINGTON — Twelve-of 13 players contributed offensively as the Rams finished the first half of Region 2-AAAAAA play with a 77-40 win over Druid Hills on Tuesday.
“That was good for us. It was good to give our reserves some extended time which they’ve worked hard for. Every player but one scored,” Newton boys head coach Rick Rasmussen said. “I’m not sure we’ve ever had every guy score.”
While the Rams (13-4, 4-2) did not have problems scoring, taking a 21-5 first quarter lead, Druid Hills (2-11, 0-4) had a hard time getting past Newton’s defense. The Red Devils were held to 13 points in the first half while Newton doubled their second-quarter scoring taking a 42-13 halftime advantage.
“We got off to a good start. We had some great defensive plays early on. We got in the passing lanes and deflected some and out ran them a little bit,” Rasmussen said.
“I was worried about us and how we played, this was the first time we played them. The only place they can go is up. I thought it was a good win.”
Also keeping the Red Devils down was the five charges taken by the Newton defense.
Leading the Rams in charges were Brandon Lybrand and Tarik Rogers taking two charges each.
“They did a great job doing that. It was great getting them more playing time. We’re not a great shot blocking team,” Rasmussen said.
After building their lead to 57-23 to start the final quarter, Newton’s reserve players closed out the game. Even though they gained valuable experience, they had five turnovers in the fourth quarter after giving the ball to Druid Hills seven times through three quarters of play.
“Our reserves had five turnovers in the fourth quarter and our starters did not have any in the first quarter,” Rasmussen said. “Our reserves have to realize that they have to take care of the ball if they want to play more.
“I thought our freshman, Josh Tukes, played well and so did Tra Peak. That was good for them to get some playing time.”
Pacing the Rams offensively were Jalen Glover with 12 points and Darvin Jones with 10.
Newton finished the first have of region play in third place with two losses coming against current No. 1 Luella and No. 2 Lovejoy. The Rams have a chance to make their move to the No. 2 spot when they play Lovejoy at home on Friday.