Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

August 24, 2013

Newton offense shines on Media Night

Effingham Daily News

---- — NEWTON — With many of the Newton faithful getting their first look at their Eagles Friday night, the offense didn't disappoint.

Newton High School held its annual Media Night Friday, capping off the affair with a 40-minute scrimmage between the offensive and defensive players.

The Eagles accounted for six touchdowns in the 40 minutes, which didn't surprise coach Jason Fulton.

"I thought the offense looked good, we're a little behind on defense right now, but we'll get that sorted out this week," he said.

Allen Taylor got the scrimmage off to a fast start, taking the second offensive play 60+ yards for a touchdown.

The next drive was more methodical, with quarterback Brock Mammoser hitting fellow sophomore for a touchdown pass in the red zone.

Muska would later scored another touchdown, breaking a tackle on a hitch route for a touchdown catch from backup quarterback Jacob Lidy.

Mammoser hooked up for two more touchdown passes on the night, with the first coming on a deep fade to Austin Angel over the defense, and Angel had an easy path toward the end zone.

The final touchdown of the scrimmage came on a swing pass where Mammoser drew in the defense, flicked a pass in the flat to Kaleb Wittgan, and Wittgan beat one man for the score.

"I thought Brock threw the ball really well for us, which is a plus," Fulton said.

Zack Lewis had the only other score of the night, taking a simple handoff 60+ plus yards of his own thanks to some good downfield blocking and sharp cutting.

Along with Lucas Huston and Tanner Shull, Fulton sees the Eagles' running back corps as a strength.

"We don't have a lot of players, but we're actually kind of deep at running back," he said. "We're going to use all those kids back there.

The volleyball, tennis, cross country and freshman football teams were also introduced to the Newton fans Friday night as a way to get their fans excited as well.

The lights were on for the end of the scrimmage, but the lights will shine for real for the first time Sept. 13, when Newton has its home opener against Flora.

The Eagles open the season Friday at Bethalto in the first game of a hopefully playoff-bound season for Fulton's boys.

"Don't turn the ball over, play consistent," he said. "We've never been there, but we've got to play our game and do our job. That in itself will hopefully take of things, but they're a very good team."