LAWRENCEVILLE – The Lawrenceville Indians had no trouble running the ball at will Staurday, as they gained 470 yards on the ground in a 48-26 win over the Newton Eagles.
For Newton, scheme and playcalling generally weren’t the issue; it was an issue with tackling.
Lawrenceville routinely shrugged off first and second contact as the Indians averaged an even 10 yards per carry against the Eagle defense.
“Defensively, we did not play well. We’re not tackling,” said Newton coach Jason Fulton. “This has been a big issue for us in all four games we’ve played. A lot of times, we had first contact behind the line of scrimmage and didn’t finish people off.”
The loss drops Newton to 1-3 overall and 1-1 in the Little Illini Conference’s Egyptian Division.
Newton stopped the Indians in routine fashion on their first drive, but gave the ball right back on a punt. From there, Lawrenceville’s offense went right to work.
The Indians scored three times on the first quarter in a span of six minutes on a 22-yard rushing score by Dalton Vories, a 37-yard run by Vories and a 14-yard touchdown run by quarterback Zach Shoulders. Just like that, at the end of the first, it was 20-0 Lawrenceville.
The Indians would score again with nine minutes to score when on a third-and-long, Shoulders hit Dalton Sholders for a 74-yard touchdown pass to push the score to 28-0 at the half.
Newton would come out with a renewed effort in the second, but it would prove to be too little, too late.
“I was pretty calm and just said ‘Seniors, how did you expect this season to go? Is this what you thought it was going to be, games like this?’” Fulton said. “It’s up to them on how they’re going to play.”