For three of the four quarters, the Newton High School football team was the more dominant side in the season opening clash against Maize Friday at Fischer Field.
The Railers struggled to get stops on defense and struggled to move the ball on offense, leading to a 22-19 loss to the Eagles.
Outside of the third quarter, Newton outrushed and outpassed the Eagles and held a slight advantage on defense.
“I felt like we made some plays and made some mistakes,” Newton coach Chris Jaax said. “We couldn’t get them to turn the ball over. Some of the mistakes hurt us. We had a lot of penalties and things like that. We had some missed execution. We had some confusion over the play. All of those things will take care of themselves as we work on them. We have to grow. Offensively, we made some plays.”
Newton quarterback Colton Davis hit 21 of 31 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown. Mapes also rushed for a touchdown. Hunter Mapes had 10 catches for 103 yards. Isaiah Presley had 20 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown.
For Maize, Caleb Grill hit 13 passes of 25 passes for 161 yards and three touchdowns. Dalyn Johnson was held to 45 yards rushing on 20 carries. Caden Cox had 47 yards in two carries. Grill made several throws for long plays while wrapped up.
“Our defense did a great job,” Jaax said.
Newton was flagged 11 times for 85 yards in penalties. Maize had seven penalties for 75 yards.
Newton made a defensive stop to open the game, which set up a 68-yard drive that ended on a one-yard Colton Davis run. The drive was aided by a pair of Maize penalties.
A pair of Newton penalties shortened a Maize drive, resulting in a 17-yard pass from Grill to Deriq Doty. The extra-point kick was blocked.
Newton capped a long drive in the second quarter with a 12-yard Pressley run. Newton missed the extra-point kick Maize came back with an penalty plagued drive for both sides, scoring on a 10-yard pass from Grill to Preven Christon. Maize hit the extra-point kick to the the game.
Newton made a drive back inside Maize territory near the end of the half, but a Hail Mary pass was intercepted at the Maize four with five seconds left.
Newton finished the first half with a 204-113 advantage in total offense.
Newton opened with a drive that lost 23 yards. After a short punt, Maize got the ball to the Railer 23, where Ethan Kingery hit a 32-yard field goal.
Another three-and-out for the Railer offense resulted in an 80-yard Maize scoring drive that ended with a six-yard pass from Grill to Cameron Grimes. Grill was able to make two throws for long gains while wrapped up and Johnson went 35 yards on an inside screen. Again the PAT kick was blocked.
Newton got back in the game with a long drive that ended on a 13-yard pass from Davis to Boone Roberson. The PAT kick was blocked.
Newton stopped Maize on downs at the Railer 24 with 8:43. Newton got to the Maize 19, where a pass was broken up in the end zone by Jalen Johnson with 3:55 to play.
Newton got the ball back at the Maize 43 with 18 seconds to play. Newton completed a pass for a loss. A Maize player grabbed the ball after the play and held it long enough to prevent Newton from stopping the clock with a spike.
Newton goes to Hutchinson at 7 p.m. Friday. The Salt Hawks are coming off a 22-21 win over Olathe East Thursday on the road.
1q. N C.Davis 1-yd. run (Gutierrez kick) 5:12
1q. M Doty 17-yd. pass from Grill (kick failed) 3:20
2q. N Pressley 12-yd. run (kick failed) 7:33
2q. M Chrston 10-yd. pass from Grill (Kingery kick) 2:52
3q. M Kingery 32-yd. field goal 9:01
3q. M Grimes 6-yd. pass from Grill (kick failed) 3:08
4q. N Roberson 13-yd. pass from C.Davis (kick failed) 10:52
Time of poss.;20:37;27:23
RUSHING — Maize: Cox 2-47, D.Johnson 20-45, Grill 3-12. Newton: Presley 20-72, Mapes 2-40, C.Davis 11-12, Jones 2-12, Roberson 1-3.
PASSING — Maize: Grill 13-25-0, 161 yards. Newton: C.Davis 21-31-1, 177 yards.
RECEIVING — Maize: D.Johnson 2-54, Doty 3-38, Payne 2-29, Grimes 3-26, Christon 3-14. Newton: Mapes 10-103, Roberson 8-46, Dietz 1-17, Pfannenstiel 2-11.
Missed field goals — none.