For once this season, it was the Newton Railer football team getting the breaks.
For once this season, it was the Newton Railer football team getting the breaks.The Railers got turnovers and short-field drives instead of being on the other end of them, posting a 51-0 win over Valley Center Friday in Class 5A district play in Valley Center.The Railers improve to 2-6, 1-1 in district play. Valley Center falls to 0-8, 0-2 in district play. The shutout was the Railers’ first since 2008.“We used to play three or four games a year, and everybody thought we were great,” Newton coach Brent Glann said. “We played the really, really good teams, and people would think we’re bad. The truth is somewhere in between. I’m glad we don’t have three or four games like this any more. We will certainly take this one. We needed a win, and we needed a dominating performance. We started off a little slow, but we got going and did pretty much what we wanted.”Sophomore Coleman Kingsley rushed for two touchdowns and passed for three. Cristian Valdez rushed for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass.“Our defense shut them down,” Kingsley said. “Our offensive line played great. They opened up some big holes. The defense got some big stops.”Kingsley caused some confusion in the second half with a number change, winding up with Ben Koerner’s No. 10. Koerner is out for the rest of the season with a liver laceration.“I don’t know what happened, but my jersey just ripped,” Kingsley said. “They told me I had to change it.”Kicker Braxton Stahl hit seven of seven extra-point kicks. He hit at least two kickoffs for touchbacks, the first of the season for the Railers. He hit another kickoff to the one-yard line on the fly. He just missed a 33-yard field goal attempt.“Braxton came out of nowhere,” Glann said. “He was a soccer player last year and didn’t even tell us he could kick. We needed a JV kicker about halfway through the year, and he’s been on varsity every since, because he could kick. I’m happy for Braxton. I think it kind of shocked him that he went in for a field goal.”The game didn’t really start the way Newton wanted. The Railers were stopped on downs at their own 39. The Hornets moved the ball to the Railer 4, where the Newton defense held.Newton lost the ball on downs a second time near midfield, but again the defense held. The third Railer drive was a charm as Newton got the ball at the Hornet 48, needing just two plays to score on a 41-yard Kingsley run.“We knew we were still in control, and it was a matter of us more than them,” Glann said. “We knew we would settle down. Last yeart, we tied with them at seven after the first quarter, and we scored 50 points at the half.”Newton then sacked the Hornet quarterback in the endzone for a safety. On the ensuing possession, Newton scored on a 19-yard pass from Kinsgley to Cristian Valdez.Newton added two more scores in the quarter, a one-yard run for Kingsley and a 15-yard pass from Kingsley to Blake Slife with 55.3 seconds left in the half, set up by a Valley Center turnover.Braxton Stahl kicked a touchback, the first of the season, in the first half and another to the one.The Hornets went to a power running game to start the second half, going from their own 23 to the Railer 2 in 14 plays, taking 6:38 off the clock. A bad snap gave the Railers the ball on its own 3.Newton used seven plays to go 97 yards, aided by a 60-yard Kingsley run, scoring on a four-yard Josh Floerke run. The next Valley Center possession lasted one play as a fumble on the VC four set up a touchdown pass from Kingsley to Miles Johns.Newton opened the fourth quarter with an eight-yard touchdown run for Derrick Garnica.The Railer reserves finished out the game. Stahl missed a 33-yard field goal attempt just short with 2:58 remaining.“This was a big win for us,” Glann said. “We got a lot of kids in the game. We got all of our seniors in the game. They did well. We haven’t had a chance to (put in the reserves with a lead) this year. That said, I’m happy with our new schedule. We’re playing the teams we want to play.”Newton ends the regular season at 7 p.m. Friday at Fischer Field against McPherson.“This helps us. It will give us some confidence,” Kingsley said. “We know we can play.”“This keeps us alive,” Glann said. “McPherson is one of the top three teams in the state. This is kind of their year to do something big. Offensively, they are an offensive machine. They average about 500 yards a game and 50 points a game. They’ve had a lot of big leads. Their younger players have had a lot of playing time. Their skill people are as good as anybody we’ll see. Their linemen are good and their defense is good.”Newton 0 30 14 7 —51Val.Ctr. 0 0 0 0 —0Scoring2q. N Kingsley 41-yd. run (Stahl kick) 9:292q. N safety: quarterback sacked in end zone 7:492q. N Valdez 19-yd. pass from Kingsley (Stahl kick) 5:182q. N Kinsgley 1-yd. run (Stahl kick) 1:202q. N Slife 15-yd. pass from Kingsley (Stahl kick) :55.33q. N Floerke 4-yd. run (Stahl kick) 2:363q. N Johns 4-yd. pass from Kingsley (Stahl kick) 2:204q. N Garnica 8-yd. run (Stahl kick) 11:55