The Newton High School football team is in the toughest part of its schedule, facing the third of three Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I contenders in a row.
After facing 2-1 Campus (a 29-20 loss) and 3-0 Derby (a 55-7 loss), Newton travels to 3-0 Maize at 7 p.m. Friday at K.T. Woodman Stadium in Maize.
The Eagles have yet to allow a point, stopping Valley Center 49-0, Hutchinson 49-0 and Campus 21-0. Maize is tied for first atop the AV-CTL I standings with Derby.
“They have a very aggressive defense,” Newton coach Chris Jaax said. “They make plays. They do a good job with their scheme. They do a good job of getting to the football.”
Maize is led by quarterback Caleb Grill, who has hit 39 of 67 passes for 549 yards and eight touchdowns with no interceptions. Caden Cox has 48 carries for 235 yards and four touchdowns. Preven Christon has 10 catches for 194 yards and two touchdowns. Jordan Helm has 11 catches for 168 yards and a touchdown.
“They like to run the ball,” Jaax said. “They have a good quarterback and a good receiver (Christon). They primarily like to run the ball, but they can throw downfield when they want to. They have been running the same offense for about 10 years now and are very good at it.”
Newton’s Colton Davis has hit 34 of 67 passes for 388 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions. Davis also has 43 carries for 305 yrads and three touchdowns. Josh Edson has six catches for 147 yards and a touchdown.
Zachary Garcia has 13 total tackles to lead the defense.
Jaax is hoping the team will come out sharp and put last week’s game behind them.
“You don’t know how they will react until they come out Friday,” Jaax said. “We need to execute and eliminate mistakes. Every time you make a mistake against a team like Derby, they are able to take advantage. Watching that film, there are some things we could point out to the kids. There are some things we did well last week. Our defense forced them to make a 13-play drive at the start of the game. Derby isn’t used to doing things like that. Still we were disappointed giving up 42 points in the first half.”
Jaax reports three players still out this week — running back Jamieson Jones, receiver Boone Roberson and lineman Jakob McFarlane.