With homecoming festivities planned for the game, the atmosphere at Newton High School will be festive, but head coach Jason Fulton said his players will have fun with it and won’t be distracted.
“The atmosphere’s great,” he said. “The kids are all really involved.”
On the field, Fulton stressed the need for the Eagles’ running game to get going.
“We’re still really trying to run the football,” he said. “We’ve had some good spurts, but no consistency.”
The Eagles will rely on Marcus Pillman, Allen Taylor and Brandon Tolliver-Goode to move the ball on the ground and try to open some passing lanes for quarterback Dylan Johnson and wide receiver Dylan Davidson.
The Eagles can’t just rely on strong defensive play to earn a victory against Robinson, a team that features a potent rushing attack.
“We got a nice win last week, but it was all on defense,” Fulton said. “Our offense needs to get going.”
With a win, Newton would improve to 3-1 in the Little Illini (Egyptian) Conference. The Eagles are currently in a three-way tie for second place with Robinson and Lawrenceville. East Richland (4-1 overall, 3-0 conference) is leading the conference standings.
Cumberland (3-2) at Red Hill (1-4)
After a disappointing 34-0 loss to Casey-Westfield last week, the Pirates will look to rebound against Red Hill tonight.
Cumberland’s stout defense will need to play the way they’ve played all season against a Saluki offense that has only scored 38 points all season.
Meanwhile, the offense, led by quarterback Monte Wolke and running backs Nathan Day, Jonathan Duniphan and Holden Elwood, will need to take advantage of a struggling Red Hill defense that has allowed 111 points through five games.
The Pirates are currently tied for second with Oblong in the Little Illini (Eastern) Conference with a 2-1 conference record.
Casey-Westfield tops the conference with a perfect 3-0 record (5-0 overall).