The Newton High School football team gave the defending Class 5A state champion Hutchinson Salt Hawks all they could handle. Hutchinson needed to pull away late for a 48-29 win Friday in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League play at Fischer Field. Newton pulled within six with 6:41 left in regulation. Hutchinson, 3-1 overall and 3-0 in AV-CTL I play, scored twice in the remaining time. “We were very disappointed with the loss,” Newton coach Brent Glann said. “We came in with the mindset that we were going to beat them. We played to win the game. We are disappointed, but I am so proud of the team for the way they prepared all week long. That’s the entire team. The scout team that doesn’t get to play much, but they gave it everything they could. The starters got after it with everything they could. The credit goes to Hutch. They scored when it was on the line. They are a really good team.” Newton took a couple risks that didn’t pay off, including a fake punt and a couple of fourth-down conversion attempts that went short. “You have to take some chances if you want to win the game, “ Glann said. “They didn’t work out for us. I will take the blame for those, but we were trying to win the game. I was told at the end, if we hadn’t called a time out, they would have taken a knee and run out the clock, but at that point we were still trying to knock the ball loose. We were going down swinging, and I’m proud of the guys for that.” Newton went with its power game, leading to three touchdowns and 98 yards rushing from Derrick Garnica. Coleman Kingsley rushed for 82 yards and a score. Kingsley passed for 124 yards “We put it on our offensive line to knock them off the ball,” Glann said. “We put it on Derrick to run it in there hard like he did. Trying to get it on the perimeter against this team, they are so strong and so fast, we probably would not have been able to do that. It worked out. Our offensive line did a super job, and Derrick did a super job running it.” Hutchinson was without starting quarterback Trevor Turner because of injury. Backup Turner Wintz, a sophomore, passed for 115 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns. Jamison Likes rushed for 78 yards and two touchdowns. Wil Smith rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown. Hutchinson lost three fumbles and an interception. “We were getting stops, we were making tackles,” Glann said. “The guys bought into the fact that we are going to play defense. The score doesn’t reflect it, but the guys played hard. They did their job. We forced a couple (turnovers) and they gave us a couple of turnovers. We didn’t turn the ball over at all tonight.” Newton went three-and-out on its first possession of the game, but Hutchinson had a bad snap on its third play from scrimmage, picked up by Newton’s Cory Martens on the Salt Hawk 29. The turnover set up a two-yard touchdown run for Garnica. The PAT kick was wide right. Hutchinson came right back on a drive aided by a 15-yard Railer penalty on second-and-long, followed by a long Likes run. Likes scored on a 17-yard run. Newton came right back with a long drive of its own that stalled out on the Salt Hawk 19, where a Braxton Stahl 35-yard field goal attempt was long enough but wide right. Hutchinson took the ball 81 yards the other way, scoring on a two-yard Darryon Cushinberry run. Newton came back with a drive of its own that ended with a two-yard Garnica run. The two-point conversion run was stopped short. A long pass from Wentz to Likes gave Hutchinson a quick drive ended on a nine-yard Smith 10-yard run. One fourth-and-one at the Newton 35, the Railers attempted a fake punt run that went just short. Hutchinson punished the Railers with an 11-yard Likes touchdown run. Hutchinson got the ball back with 1:39 remaining, getting to the Railer one, where the Salt Hawks fumbled the ball back. Hutchinson lost a fumble on its first play of the second half, setting up a 30-yard Stahl field goal. The Railer defense then forced its first punt of the game. Hutchinson got back out by three scores when Wentz hit Emilio Tafolla for a 25-yard touchdown pass with 4:07 remaining in the third quarter. Newton answered in four plays on a 25-yard Garnica run. Stahl hit the PAT kick. Newton’s Garrett McEachern intercepted a pass and returned it to the Hutchinson 41 with 1:23 remaining in the third quarter, but the Railers couldn’t convert. Hutchinson couldn’t take advantage of Newton not being able to take advantage. Martens and Raymond Gallegos sacked Wintz on fourth-and-long with 9:15 to play and the ball on the Newton 37. Newton scored on a 29-yard Coleman Kingsley run with 6:41 in regulation. Hutchinson got the ball back on the Salt Hawk 14. Wintz scored on a 62-yard run with 4:39 to play. Wintz was stopped short on the two-point conversion attempt. Newton went four-and-out on its following possession, giving Hutchinson the ball on the Railer 17. Wintz scored on a two-yard run with 1:27 remaining. Newton has its first meeting against Goddard Eisenhower at 7 p.m. Friday at Goddard District Stadium. Eisenhower is in it’s first season of play in football. Eisenhower is 1-3 after a 49-0 loss to Arkansas City. “If we continue to improve, we’re going to win a lot of games,” Glann said. “I know nothing about Eisenhower until I look at the film tomorrow. I coached at a new school in Colorado. It’s a lot of fun. Their having all the good times and bad times with a new school. They are trying to build a new tradition and they will go all out.”
Hutch. 7 21 7 13 —48 Newton 6 6 10 7 —29 Scoring 1q. N Garnica 2-yd. (kick failed) 7:47 1q. H Likes 17-yd. run (Lemons kick) 2q. H Cushinberry 2-yd. run (Lemons kick) 11:35 2q. N Garnica 2-yd. run (run failed) 7:22 2q. H Smith 10-yd. run (Lemons kick) 4:46 2q. H Likes 11-yd. run (Lemons kick) 2:32 3q. N Stahl 29-yd. field goal 9:31 3q. H Tafolla 25-yd. pass from Wintz (Lemons kick) 4:07 3q. N Garnica 24-yd. run (Stahl kick) 2:42 4q. N C.Kingsley 29-yd. run (Stahl kick) 6:41 4q. H Wintz 62-yd. run (run failed) 4:39 4q. H Wintz 2-yd. run (Lemons kick) 1:27 Team stats Hut. New. First downs 29 17 Rushing-yards 54-378 55-201 Passing yards 115 124 Comp-att-int 6-10-1 7-16-0 Fumbles-lost 4-3 0-0 Individual stats RUSHING — Hutchinson: Wintz 15-126, Smith 21-122, Likes 5-78, Higgins 1-23, Brower 7-19, Cushinberry 4-15, Dawson 1-(-5). Newton: Garnica 28-93, C.Kingsley 21-82, J.Kingsley 5-14, Wright 1-7. PASSING — Hutchinson: Wintz 6-10-1, 115 yards. Newton: C.Kingsley 7-16-0, 124 yards. RECEIVING — Hutchinson: Gains-Grissom 2-60, Brower 2-30, Tafolla 1-25, Likes 1-0. Newton: Martens 2-52, J.Kingsley 2-44, Garnica 1-18, Moore 1-3. Missed field goals — New.: Stahl 35 (WR).