GODDARD — Eighth turnovers and a pair of missed field goals were enough to give the Newton High School football team a 31-29 win over Goddard Eisenhower.
Jacob Abel missed a 21-yard attempt just wide with 25 seconds remaining, allowing the Railers to preserve the win. Kolyn Sauceda recovered a fumble and returned it 12 yards for a Railer touchdown with 8:18 to play to put Newton ahead for the final time.
The game was the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division II opener for both teams.
“Our defense made plays,” Newton coach Chris Jaax said. “The offense made plays, but not enough of them. We have some things to work on there. The defense came up big. I’m really proud of them.”
Newton’s Colton Davis hit 10 of 15 passes for 50 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Davis added 64 yards rushing with a touchdown. Isaiah Presley had 12 carries for 88 yards and a score. Hunter Mapes caught two touchdown passes.
“The turnovers were big,” Davis said. “That’s a really good team. They are going to be really good. The first win. It feels good right now, but we have to move on to the second game. The second win is going to be even better.”
Newton snaps a six-game losing streak dating back to last season.
“I think it’s important for the kids,” Jaax said. “They have been working hard and they deserve a good result. Tomorrow, we’ll flush this and start working on Valley Center.”
For Eisenhower, Ty Trudo hit six of seven passes for 75 yards and had 150 yards rushing with two touchdowns. Parker Wenzel and Justis Moore each rushed for 96 yards and a score. Moore had three carries, while Wenzel had 11.
Eisenhower held a 502-243 advantage in total offense.
“The defense found a way to get turnovers and make plays,” Jaax said. “We score the winning touchdown on a fumble.”
After a 55-yard kickoff return, Eisenhower fumbled the ball twice to open the game, but the first was blown dead with the ball still in the air.
Newton failed to move the ball on its first offensive series, but scored on the second series, an 18-yard pass from Davis to Mapes. The PAT kick was shanked.
Eisenhower came right back with a long, quick drive, scoring on a four-yard Trudo run. Jacob Abel hit the point after.
Newton regained the lead late in the half on a 48-yard run by Davis out a swinging gate-type formation.
“We call it expand. We’re not actually supposed to run a play,” Davis said. “But if the numbers are there, I’m supposed to go under center and take that to the house.”
“It’s a little bit of a gimmick,” Jaax said. “People have seen it on film now.”
A Warren Dietz interception deep in Eisenhower territory set up a seven-yard touchdown run for Presley late in the second quarter. It took Eisenhower just five plays to reply, scoring on a seven-yard Trudo run.
With 1:07 left in the first half and Newton on its own 38 on a fourth-and-four, Eisenhower called a time out, followed by three straight Newton time outs. The Railers then got flagged for a false start on a punt play. Newton finally got the punt off.
A sack prevented Eisenhower from doing anything in the final 58 seconds of the half.
Newton turned the ball over three plays into the second half, but got the ball back when Eisenhower fumbled the ball into the end zone.
A long Presley run Newton got the ball into the red zone. After penalties each way, Davis hit Mapes for a 16-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion run failed.
Eisenhower overcame a long penalty, scoring on a 40-yard screen pass from Trudo to Parker Wentzel on fourth down. The same combination hooked up for the two-point conversion to get the Tigers within three.
After an Eisenhower drive ended on a fumble, the Tigers got the ball back and scored on a 73-yard Moore run with 48 seconds left in the third quarter. Abel hit the PAT kick.
After Sauceda’s go-ahead score, Newton missed the two-point conversion pass when it was knocked away by a defender. Each team had possessions in the remaining time. Eisenhower’s final possession was extended by a long pass on fourth down from backup quarterback Collin Mackey to Tanner King when Trudp had to come out a play for losing his helmet. The drive was further extended on a horse collar tackle by the Railers.
After the missed field goal, Davis was able to take a knee and run out the clock.
Eisenhower falls to 0-3. Newton improves to 1-2 and hosts Valley Center at 7 p.m. Friday. Valley Center is 3-0 after a 35-7 win over Arkansas City.
“Valley Center is a very balanced team,” Jaax said. “They play hard. They do things very well.”
1q. N H.Mapes 18-yd. pass from Davis (kick failed) 9:17
1q. GE Trudo 4-yd. run (Abel kick) 5:46
1q. N Davis 48-yd. run (Guiterrez kick) 1:21
2q. N Presley 7-yd. run (kick failed) 4:09
2q. GE Trudo 7-yd. run (Abel kick) 2:21
3q. N H.Mapes 16-yd. pass from Davis (run failed) 6:59
3q. GE Wentzel 40-yd. pass from Trudo (Wentzel pass from Trudo) 4:42
3q. GE Moore 73-yd. run (Abel kick) :48
4q. N Sauceda 12-yd. fumble return (pass failed) 8:18
Time of poss.;20:13;27:47
RUSHING — Newton: Presley 12-88, Davis 9-64, H.Mapes 1-10, Roberson 1-0, Valdez 2-(-13), Jones 15-44. Goddard Eisenhower: Trudo 23-150, Wenzel 11-96, Moore 3-96, MacKinnon 7-61.
PASSING — Newton: Davis 10-15-2, 50 yards. Goddard Eisenhower: Trudo 6-7-1, 75 yards; Mackey 1-2-0, 21 yards.
RECEIVING — Newton: Valdez 2-30, Mapes 1-19, Pfannenstiel 5-6, n/a 2-(-5). Goddard Eisenhower: Wenzel 1-44, King 5-40, Mackey 1-12.
Missed field goals — GE: Abel 45 (WL), 21 (WR).