The Newton High School football team didn’t back down from the top-ranked team in the state, but the Railers were unable to move the ball much or stop Derby in a 55-7 loss to the Panthers Friday in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play.
The Class 6A defending runner-up improves to 3-0, 2-0 in league play and has outscored opponents 167-13 so far this season.
Newton falls to 2-1, 0-2 in league play.
“We were the first team to score on their first-team defense, so that was good,” Newton coach Chris Jaax said. “Our defense made some plays, but gave up a couple of big plays on third and long and one on fourth and long. They have to get better. It’s a process. We just have to get better. We just couldn’t get them off the field and we couldn’t get first downs.”
Derby was led by Grant Adler, who hit eight of 15 passes for 144 yards and three touchdowns. Adler added 80 yards rushing. Tre Washington had eight carries for 114 yards and three touchdowns. Kevion Edwards had 15 carries for 86 yards and a touchdown.
Derby finished with 336 yards rushing and 480 yards total offense.
For Newton, Colton Davis hit seven of 13 passes for 111 yards. Josh Edson had three catches for 102 yards and threw a 41-yard pass off a lateral pass from Davis.
Newton was held to 17 yards rushing.
Derby scored on its first five possessions — three Adler passes and two Washington runs.
Newton’s only first down in the first quarter came by penalty.
Newton finally strung some plays together on its fifth possession, scoring on a two-yard Isaiah Presley run. A long Davis pass to Edson and an Edson pass to Erick Hernandez set up the scoring drive.
It was the first score Derby has given up in the first half this season and just the second overall.
A long kickoff return, followed by a 15-yard Newton penalty gave Derby a five-yard, 30-yard drive that ended on a one-yard Edwards touchdown run.
Derby held a 372-104 advantage in total offense in the first half.
Newton went three-and-out on its first series of the second half. Derby replied with a two-play, 40-yard drive that ended on a 32-yard Washington run. The score kicked off the running clock. Derby followed with a four-play touchdown series that ended with a 26-yard run for backup quarterback Reid Liston. The two-point conversion attempt was stopped short.
Newton finally stopped Derby on the Panthers’ ninth possession of the game.
Newton got into Derby territory late in the game, but was sacked on a fourth-down play.
Newton travels to Maize at 7 p.m. Friday. The Eagles are 3-0 after a 21-0 win over Campus. The Eagles have yet to allow a score.
“Maize has been playing great all season,” Jaax said. “We just need to play better next week than we did this week. We’re playing better than we did in the first week of the season, at the same time, there are a lot of things we need to improve on. It’s a process.”
1q. D Simms 12-yd. pass from Adler (Syring kick) 9:52
1q. D Walker 34-yd. pass from Adler (Syring kick) 4:15
1q. D Washington 13-yd. run (Syring kick) 1:05
2q. D Squires 12-yd. pass from Adler (Syring kick) 9:24
2q. D Washington 9-yd. run (Syring kick) 6:48
2q. N Presley 2-yd. run (Hernandez kick) 3:05
2q. D Edwards 1-yd. run (Syring kick) 1:14
3q. D Washington 32-yd. run (Syring kick) 10:08
3q. D Liston 26-yd. run (run failed) 4:30
RUSHING — Derby: Adler 7-80, Washington 8-114, Edwards 15-86, Liston 6-54, Pelka 1-2. Newton: Davis 12-13, Jones 7-0, Presley 4-6, Forest 2-(-2).
PASSING — Derby: Adler 8-15-0, 144 yards; Liston 0-1-0, 0 yards; Pelka 0-1-0, 0 yards. Newton: Davis 7-13-0, 111 yards; Edson 1-1-0, 41 yards.
RECEIVING — Derby: Simms 3-53. Walker 2-41, Larson 1-23, Squires 2-23. Newton: Hernandez 1-41, Edson 3-102, Maxwell 4-9.
Missed field goals — none.