The Newton High School football team failed to finish on enough opportunities, falling to Campus 29-20 Friday night in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League play at Fischer Field.
Sam Wise rushed for 150 yards on 21 carries to lead Campus, 2-0. Cameron Harvey added 129 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown.
Newton was led by Colton Davis, who hit 15 of 30 passes for 175 yards with two touchdowns and rushed 17 times for 150 yards and a touchdown. Davis’ 325 yards of total offense was one of his best as a Railer.
“The defense played pretty well, I thought,” Newton coach Chris Jaax said. “We give up an opening kickoff for a touchdown. We turn the ball over and they scored on that. I didn’t think (not scoring before the half) hurt us, but then we give up a turnover on second down and they score. That definitely affected us. We have to protect the ball better. They are a great team.”
Campus opened the game with a 91-yard Harvey kickoff return for a touchdown. Evan Kruse hit Quinton Hicks for a two-point conversion pass.
After trading stops, Campus drove for a touchdown, scoring on a 13-yard pass from Kruse to Tyler Kahmann.
Newton made a long drive late in the second quarter that ended on a 32-yard pass from Davis to Josh Edson.
Newton got the ball back on a Jerik Ochoa interception and drove the ball to the Campus two before time expired.
Newton turned the ball over on the second play of the second half on a Harvey interception. Three plays later, Harvey ran the ball 24 yards for the score.
Newton gave up the ball on downs near midfield. Newton was hit with a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct after the play.
After trading stops, Newton was intercepted at its own 45, but a Campus 35-yard field goal attempt was wide right.
After Newton was stopped on downs at its own 29, Campus put the game away with a 28-yard run for Mateo Martinez with 3:55 to play. Newton replied with a two-yard Davis run, set up by a 52-yard run on the previous play. Campus recovered the on-side kick.
Newton got the ball back one last time, scoring on a 40-yard pass from Davis to Peyton Maxwell as time expired. the PAT kick was blocked.
Newton is 1-1 and hosts Derby at 7 p.m. Friday. The Panthers are 2-0 and ranked first in the state on most polls. Derby beat Salina Central 63-0, leading 55-0 at the half and playing the second half with a running clock.
“There’s no reason why we can’t pull off an upset,” Jaax said. “It’s an exciting game. We’ll get better.”
1q. C Harvey 91-yd. kickoff return (Hicks pass from Kruse) 11:44
1q. C Kahmann 13-yd. pass from Kruse (Kondo kick) 3:45
2q. N Edson 32-yd. pass from Davis (Hernandez kick) 1:49
3q. C Harvey 32-yd. run (Kondo kick) 9:38
4q. C Martinez 28-yd. run (Kondo kick) 3:55
4q. N Davis 2-yd. run (Hernandez kick) 2:42
4q. N Roberson 40-yd. pass from Davis (kick failed) :00
RUSHING — Campus: Harvey 7-129, Wise 21-150, Kruse 6-(-6), Martinez 2-33. Newton: Davis 17-150, Jones 15-42, Pressley 1-3, Roberson 3-2.
PASSING — Campus: Kruse 7-20-1, 69 yards. Newton: Davis 15-30-3, 150 yards.
RECEIVING — Campus: Kahmann 4-49, Hicks 1-0, Harvey 1-11, Wise 1-7. Newton: Cusick 1-7, Roberson 4-30, Jones 2-10, Hernandez 4-33, Edson 3-56, Maxwell 1-39.
Missed field goals — Cam.: Kondo 35 (WR).