Effingham Daily News
The number that jumps out in the Newton-Robinson result is 23 points, which the Maroons beat the Eagles by in a 35-12 loss Friday night.
For coach Jason Fulton, the number that downed the Eagles was five -- as in the five turnovers Newton committed during Friday night's game, putting the Eagles' backs against the wall time and time again after three interceptions and two fumbles.
"We had five turnovers, and they capitalized on that," Fulton said. "I think the score is going to show is going to say we got beat pretty bad. I thought we played pretty good.
"They're just a good football team."
The Maroons got the first 14 points of the game on two Jason Richart touchdowns, with Newton scoring in the second quarter on a 14-yard touchdown run by Mitch Bierman to cut the deficit to 14-6.
But Robinson got another touchdown from Richart and scored on a Joe Smith 45-yard interception return to end the half up 28-6. With the turnovers mounting, the Eagles found themselves in a big hole in the second half.
Things improved for Newton in the second half, as Richart scored on a 48-yard touchdown for Robinson late in the third quarter. Newton found the scoreboard with 59 seconds left, when Brock Mammoser hit Kyle Muska for a 12-yard touchdown pass.
"I know Richhart had a lot of yards, but it was one of our better defensive efforts," Fulton said.
Richart did carry the ball 22 times for 200 yards and four touchdowns, carrying the offense, but it helped his cause that the five Newton turnovers kept the Eagles' defense on the field.
Mammoser was 19-for-33 for 171 yards and a touchdown, but threw three interceptions including the Smith touchdown. Muksa had seven catches for 79 yards a score, but also lost a fumble. Zack Lewis lost the other Newton fumble on the night.
Allen Taylor carried the ball 12 times for 49 yards and Mitch Bierman had eight carries for 46 yards and a score.
Blake Probst led the defense with seven tackles, while Bierman added five and Tanner Shull had three of his own.
The loss drops Newton to 2-4 and 2-2 in the LIC Egyptian Division.
For the Eagles to end their playoff drought, they will have to win out, starting with a visit from undefeated division-leading Olney Friday night.
"It's just going to take belief and great effort, preparation and execution," Fulton said. "Olney's very good, very fast, a lot of speed, really good defense."
The game begins at 7 p.m. Friday night at Newton High School.
Newton 0 6 0 6 12
Robinson 6 22 7 0 35
Rushing — Taylor 12-49-0; Bierman 8-46-1; Huston 3-8-0
Passing — Mammoser 19-33-171 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT
Receving — Muska 7-79-1; Angel 5-52-0; Shull 2-11-0