The Newton High School football team has struggled to make stops on defense for the second straight week, leading to a 35-32 win for Salina South Friday in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play on homecoming at Fischer Field.


The Newton High School football team has struggled to make stops on defense for the second straight week, leading to a 35-32 win for Salina South Friday in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play on homecoming at Fischer Field.

The Railer defense made just two stops, both on South turnovers.

“It was an all-around great high school football game,” Newton coach Brent Glann said. “We were unable to get them stopped when we needed to. They converted on a lot of third-and-long situations. They have a very good offensive football team. We turned it over a couple of times and they were able to score quickly afterwards. Our guys gave it all they had for 48 minutes, and that’s all you can ask of them.”

South was led by quarterback Christian Linenberger, who rushed 236 yards for two touchdowns and passed for 39 yards and a touchdown. Cody Busby rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns.

“We could have loaded up in the box today, but historically, they have been a very good passing team,” Glann said. “They did hit one pass for a score. Plus, if you do that and they find a seam, there’s going to be no one there to stop them.”

For Newton, Coleman Kingsley passed for 208 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for 156 yards and a touchdown. Seth Hill has 54 yards rushing and 111 yards receving with two touchdown receptions.

“Coleman was the big story for us tonight,” Glann said. “He’s been battling the flu all day, but he was a warrior today. He played like a champion.”

Newton took the lead in the third quarter when Newton moved the ball 64 yards in 10 plays, scoring on a nine-yard Kingsley run. South came back with an eight-play drive, scoring on a 13-yard pass from Linenberger to Aaron Mar. The see-saw tipped Newton’s way three plays later when Kingsley dumped a short pass to Hill. After a couple of blocks, Hill sprung downfield for a 59-yard touchdown play.

A long South kickoff return was negated because of a penalty. The Cougars broke several big plays on third downs, setting up a 24-yard Busby touchdown run.

Newton got to the South 10, but a fumble, followed by a late-hit penalty, gave the Cougars the ball on the South 25 with 7:20 remaining. Linenberger scored on the next play. Newton came back with a long drive that ended on a nine-yard pass from Kingsley to Cory Martens. Kingsley hit a pass to Austin Vermillion for the two-point conversion.

An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against South put the Cougars at fourth and seven at the South 45. Newton was called for an offsides. South got the first down by a half a football’s length with 2:09 remaining in regulation. South had on fourth down and 20 at its own 40 with 1:08 remaining. Newton partially blocked the punt, but Newton was still called for a personal foul roughing the kicker. South ran the clock out two plays later.

“That was a tough call,” Glann said.

Newton caught a break early when South fumbled on its first possession. Newton faked a punt at its own 35, failing to pick up a first down. On the following play, Linnenberger ran for a touchdown.

Newton came back with a quick score on a 39-yard pass from Kingsley to Seth Hill.

South regained the lead with an 80-yard, 16-play drive, ending on a five-yard Busby run. A Newton drive ended on a turnover, but a Jacob Wright interception with 1:06 remaining in the first half set up a 35-yard Braxton Stahl field goal with 1.8 seconds remaining.

“Braxton missed a couple of field goals early in the season, but he’s been working hard on it,” Glann said. “He hit a big one for us tonight.”

South improves to 2-2, 2-0 in AV-CTL I play. Newton falls to 1-3, 0-3 in division play. Newton plays Friday at 1-3 Campus, which fell to Derby 41-6.

“They are another tough, physical football team,” Glann said. “There are no easy wins in this league. We were the easy win last year, but we aren’t anymore. We’ve had two close losses to Maize and now South. We haven’t met our potential yet. We’re not out here for moral victories. We want to win football games.”