The Newton High School football team gave up a three-touchdown lead in the second half, but came back when needed to claim a 42-34 win over Arkansas City Friday on senior night at Fischer Field.
Colton Davis scored on a 36-yard run with 4:17 to play to give Newton the lead.
“The biggest thing was Ark City came out and fought their way back in,” Newton coach Chris Jaax said. “It was some small execution errors. The next thing you know, it was tied. It was weird. I’ll give it to the kids. They found a way to win it. You learn a lot about yourselves in a game like this.”
Newton was led on offense by Isaiah Presley with 176 yards rushing on 22 carries with three three touchdowns. Colton Davis added 123 yards rushing on 23 carries with a touchdown. Davis also passed for 56 yards on eight of 13 attempts. Boone Roberson had two carries for 81 yards, but both were scores.
It was Presley’s second 100-yard effort this season.
“We were just good on getting the blocks,” Presley said. “Everybody was out there blocking and I able to get through them. This means a lot. We didn’t play well against Andover last week. They were a beatable team. We wanted to play well this week. We’ll try our best to beat Goddard. They are the best team in the state right now. We’re looking forward to the playoffs.”
Roberson scored on a jet sweep and sort of an inside draw.
“We had a lot of energy at halftime, and that helps,” Roberson said. “I just saw a hole and took the opportunity I had. This was important. It gives us a lot of momentum going against one of the best teams in the state next week. I think we’ll come out with great energy next week.”
For Arkansas City, quarterback Cevin Clark hit 19 of 37 passes for 293 yards with two touchdowns. Clark also rushed for a score. Jordan Wilson had 82 yards on 20 carries with two touchdowns. Andrew Brautman had eight catches for 140 yards and a touchdown. Nate Spencer added 68 yards on seven catches with a score.
Ark City opened the game with a six-play drive, scoring on a one-yard Wilson run. Newton replied in two plays, a 60-yard Presley run and a six-yard Presley run. The PAT snap was mishandled for Newton and the run fell short.
After a Railer defensive stop, Newton scored on a four-yard Presley run. The drive was aided by a major penalty on Ark City. Newton missed the two-point conversion attempt.
Ark City came back with another drive, scoring on a five-yard pass from Clark to Nate Spencer. Clark hit his second PAT kick to put the Bulldogs up by two.
Newton mounted a drive of its own that ended on downs at the Ark City 5. On the Railers’ following drive, Boone Roberson scampered in on a 21-yard run. Again the two-point conversion was stopped short. Newton got the ball back and scored on a 63-yard drive capped by a four-yard Presley run with 26 seconds left in the half. Newton finally converted an extra point when Davis hit a pass to Warren Dietz.
Ark City went from its own 29 to the Railer 26, where a 42-yard field goal attempt by Clark fell short.
Two plays into the second half, Roberson ran for a 60-yard touchdown. Davis hit Roberson for the two-point conversion. Ark City came back with a 55-yard drive to score on a 16-yard pass from Clark to Andrew Brautman. Dietz blocked the extra-point kick.
Ark City mounted a 91-yard drive, aided by 30 yards in Newton penalties, scoring on a one-yard Wilson run. Another penalty-enabled drive for 88 yards led to a one-yard Clark run with 6:11 in regulation. Clark hit the PAT kick to tie the game.
After Davis’ go-ahead score, Hunter Mapes ran in the two-point conversion.
Newton stopped Ark City on downs at the Newton 49 with 1:58 to play. The Railers picked up a first down and was able to run out the clock.
“The defense tightened down as the game went on,” Jaax said. “They made some adjustments. In the second half, we didn’t play bad defense. They were hitting long passes and getting penalties. That (final stop) was big. We made some adjustments and found a way to get a stop.”
Ark City falls to 1-6, 0-3 in AV-CTL I.
Newton is 3-4, 2-2 in AV-CTL play. Newton plays top-seeded Goddard, which rolled past Valley Center 57-7 to improve to 7-0 and clinch the league title.
“Goddard is a great team,” Jaax said. “It’s just a matter of us executing against them. The kids are excited and I’m excited. If we execute, I think we can do well in the playoffs.”
1q. AC J.Wilson 1-yd. run (Clark kick) 8:40
1q. N Presley 6-yd. run (run failed) 8:18
1q. N Presley 4-yd. run (run failed) 3:09
1q. AC Spencer 5-yd. pass from Clark (Clark kick) :16
2q. N Roberson 21-yd. run (run failed) 3:25
2q. N Presley 4-yd. run (Dietz pass from C.Davis) :26
3q. N Roberson 60-yd. run (Roberson pass from C.Davis) 11:19
3q. AC Brautman 16-yd. pass from Clark (kick failed) 7:09
4q. AC J.Wilson 1-yd. run (Clark kick) 11:52
4q. AC Clark 2-yd. run (Clark kick) 6:11
4q. N Davis 36-yd. run (H.Mapes run) 4:17
RUSHING — Arkansas City: Clark 13-37, Robinson 2-(-4), J.Wilson 20-82, team 1-(-6). Newton: C.Davis 23-123, Presley 22-176, Mapes 3-25, Roberson 2-81.
PASSING — Arkansas City: Clark 19-37-0, 293 yards. Newton: C.Davis 8-13-0, 56 yards.
RECEIVING — Arkansas City: Robinson 2-34, Brautman 8-140, Spencer 7-68, Moulton 1-8, Stewart 1-34. Newton: H.Mapes 4-29, Roberson 1-9, Pfannenstiel 2-20, unknown 1-(-2).
Missed field goals — AC: Clark 42 (short).