ANDOVER — With the defense worn down and the offense stalled until it was too late, the Newton High School football team was little match for the Andover Trojans Friday in Andover.
Newton made some plays on defense early, but couldn’t sustain the effort in the long run in a 42-14 Andover win.
Andover improves to 3-3 overall, 1-1 in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division II play. Newton drops to 2-4, 1-2 in league play.
“Offensively, we didn’t move the ball at the beginning at all, and that hurt us,” Newton coach Chris Jaax said. “We didn’t execute. Then we got behind and things snowballed real fast. It’s frustrating. It’s execution things, things we can solve.”
Andover was led by quarterback Eli Fahnstock, who rushed for 112 yards on 22 carries with four touchdowns. Fahnstock also hit seven of 14 passes with two interceptions for 89 yards. Peyton Henry rushed for 145 yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns.
For Newton, Colton Davis hit 11 of 28 passes for 136 yards. Davis also rushed for a touchdowns. Isaiah Presley rushed for 68 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown.
After an early defensive struggle, Andover was able to drive after a fumble to score on a two-yard Fahnstock run. Andover had another short drive that ended on a missed field goal attempt.
Another fumble set up a three-yard Fahnstock run in the second quarter. A long punt return for Andover set up another short field drive that ended in a 16-yard touchdown run for Henry late in the second quarter.
Newton made a drive late that stalled on the Andover 38 with 58 seconds left in the half. A Cailen Valdez interception stopped the Trojan drive.
Andover held a 218-70 advantage in total offense in the first half. Newton was held to five first downs, three in the Railers’ final drive of the half.
Henry put the game away with a 65-yard run on the first play from scrimmage in the second half.
Newton finally finished a drive, going 73 yards in 10 plays, scoring on a one-yard Davis run. The extra-point kick hit the upright and bounced out.
Andover came right back with a long drive of its own, ending on a 23-yard Fahnstock run. A Railer fumble set up a two-yard Fahnstock run with 1:17 left in the third quarter.
Newton made a 95-yard drive against the Andover twos, scoring on a one-yard Presley run. Davis ran in the two-point conversion.
“I’ll give it to Andover,” Jaax said. “They played great. We just couldn’t throw the ball early. We couldn’t consistently run the ball.”
Newton hosts Arkansas City at 7 p.m. Friday for senior night. Ark City is 1-4 after a 44-14 loss to Goddard.
“They’ve played some teams good this season,” Jaax said. “We have to be ready to go. They have a good quarterback and a good running back. It’s going to be a tough game. We just have to worry about this week coming up. We’ll worry about other things later.”
1q. A Fahnstock 2-yd. run (Kemp kick) 3:17
2q. A Fahnstock 3-yd. run (Kemp kick) 9:20
2q. A Henry 16-yd. run (Kemp kick) 3:52
3q. A Henry 65-yd. run (Kemp kick) 11:45
3q. N Davis 1-yd. run (kick failed) 8:35
3q. A Fahnstock 23-yd. run (Kemp kick) 5:50
3q. A Fahnstock 2-yd. run (Kemp kick) 1:17
4q. N Presley 1-yd. run (Davis run) 2:18
RUSHING — Newton: Davis 18-10, Presley 16-68, Jones 2-6, H.Mapes 1-1, Roberson 2-(-2), Edson 2-(-2). Andover: Fahnstock 22-112, Henry 17-145, Gummeringer 9-21, McCaffery 2-11, Nicklaus 1-(-3), Miller 4-(-1).
PASSING — Newton: Davis 11-28-0, 136 yards. Andover: Fahnstock 7-14-2, 89 yards; Nicklaus 0-1-0, 0 yards.
RECEIVING — Newton: Dietz 3-40, Valdez 1-20, Roberson 3-57, Hampton 3-11, Presley 1-6. Andover: Smith 4-47, Hartman 1-11, Henry 2-31 .
Missed field goals — And.: Kemp 28 (WL).