SALINA — The Newton High School football team didn’t have many highlights in the first half against Salina Central in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play at Salina District Stadium, but found a few in the second half before falling 47-14.
Newton trailed 34-0 at the half. Quarterback Ben Schmidt went down with an injury, but senior wide receiver Josh Edson came in behind center and led the Railers to a pair of touchdowns.
“They played well and we couldn’t stop them,” Newton coach Chris Jaax said. “We couldn’t get any consistency on our offense. I was proud of the kids in the second half. We won the second half by a point. That’s what we talked about at halftime. We wanted to make the second half a new situation. We played a lot better. I’m just disappointed we didn’t play better in the first half.”
Edson finished with 12 carries for 72 yards and two touchdowns. Edson hit two of four passes with an interception for 10 yards. He caught three passes for 40 yards. Kenyon Forest had 17 carries for 67 yards. Schmidt hit 12 of 20 passes for 100 yards.
“I’m proud of the way the offensive guys adapted,” Jaax said. “We haven’t run that stuff for a while. That’s their competitive spirit. It was apparent we weren’t going to quit.”
For Central, 4-2 overall and 4-1 in league play, Jackson Kavanaugh hit 13 of 17 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. He added 17 carries for 98 yards rushing. Cooper Chard had 18 carries for 175 yards and a touchdown. Logan Heigel had five catches for 182 yards and two scores.
Central scored on its first five possessions — three Chard rushes and a pair of passes from Jackson Kavanaugh to Heigle. Two of the drives were shortened because of Newton lost fumbles. The last scoring drive was 92 yards. Central missed the PAT kick on the final score of the first half. Newton’s Kolyn Sauceda picked off a pass as the first half expired for the Railers’ sole defensive stop of the half.
Newton opened the second half with a 13-play, 71-yard drive that ended on a five-yard Edson run. Central replied with a 66-yard, six-play drive that ended on a 33-yard Chard run.
Newton scored late in the third quarter on a 20-yard Edson run.
Central scored one more time on a three-yard pass from Jackson Cavanaugh to Quinton Stewart.
Newton forced its first punt with five minutes left in regulation, but the snap went over the punter’s head and the Railers got the ball back at the 25.
Newton turned the ball back over on an interception. Newton forced another punt with 47 seconds to play.
Newton falls to 2-4, 2-3 in league play. Newton hosts Goddard Eisenhower at 7 p.m. Friday. The Tiger were 4-1 going into Friday’s game against Maize South.
“Every team we play is good,” Jaax said. “It’s about us. It’s not about them. We just need to come out with a little more momentum and a little more intensity.”
1q. SC Chard 3-yd, run (True kick) 6:43
1q. SC Chard 17-yd. run (True kick) 4:50
2q. SC Heigle 68-yd. pass from J.Kavanaugh (True kick) 11:11
2q. SC Heigle 35-yd. pass from J.Kavanaugh (True kick) 7:44
2q. SC Chard 7-yd. (kick failed) 2:11
3q. N Edson 5-yd. run (Valdivia kick) 5:14
3q. SC Chard 33-yd. run (True kick) 2:32
3q. N Edson 20-yd. run (Valdivia kick) :17
4q. SC Stewart 3-yd. pass from J.Kavanaugh (kick failed) 10:33
RUSHING — Newton: B.Schmidt 1-0, Forest 16-66, Maxwell 1-0, Edson 12-72, Boston 3-4. Salina Central: Chard 18-175, J.Kavanaugh 17-98, P.Kavanaugh 3-0, McMillan 3-10, Heigle 1-(-4), True 1-(-39).
PASSING — Newton: B.Schmidt 13-20-0, 100 yards; Edson 2-4-1, 10 yards. Salina Central: J.Kavanaugh 13-17-1, 249 yards; P.Kavanaugh 0-2-0, 0 yards.
RECEIVING — Newton: Maxwell 6-33, Wondra 1-13, Cusick 1-(-1), Ruth 1-9, Edson 3-40, Forest 2-13, J.Schmidt 1-3. Salina Central: Heigle 5-182, Stewart 6-49, Jackson 1-11, Chard 1-7.
Missed field goals — none.