FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Generals make playoffs despite only winning two games

By ROBBIE ROBERTSON,

Despite losing 46-14 in week three of the season to rival Sylva Bay, Newton County Academy coach Rob Roberts was anxious to get another shot at the Saints.

The Saints used that week three win to propel them to an 8-2 year and a district championship. The Saints are the No. 3 seed  while NCA is the No .14 seed with a 2-8 record.

But none of that matters to Roberts.

“It’s Sylva Bay,” Roberts said. “They don’t like us and we don’t like them. When you get beat as bad as they beat us last time, you should be ready to play. I would rather go play them as I would anybody else. It’s close to home and we should have a big crowd. If we don’t kill ourselves with turnovers and penalties, I like our chances.”

The Generals have won two out of three games and gave Class AAA Wayne all they wanted on Friday night in a 20-7 loss. In the first meeting against Sylva Bay, the Saints had two defensive touchdowns and a special team’s touchdown to widen the gap.

“We had the ball and got that bad call on assisting the runner that would have tied the game up,” Roberts said. “That really hurt us. They hit a couple of jump balls on us but I think we are better in the secondary. We should be ready to play. It shouldn’t be too hard to get the kids fired up for this game.”

Newton at Lake

A playoff spot will be on the line this week when Newton makes the short trip to Lake.

The Tigers are 1-7 on the season while Lake is 5-5 but both teams are 0-3 in Division 4-2A play with the winner going to the playoffs as the division’s No. 4 seed.

Newton is coming off perhaps its best game of the season when they lost 34-27 to Union, who will end up as the No. 2 seed in 4-2A.

“Newton played a lot harder than what Union thought,” Lake coach Tate Hanna said. “They are playing with more confidence. Anytime you play them, they are going to throw it up. We have to be ready for that and stay on your guy. We are going to have to spy the quarterback and stay in our pass rush lanes. Their defense has gotten a lot better as far as scheme is concerned. They aren’t running up field and playing a lot better. We had better come prepared. We need to have a great week of practice.”

Northeast Jones at Newton County

Newton County will end the season with a Senior Night date with Northeast Jones.

Northeast is 0-9 on the season and has been outscored 135-316 on the season.

“They got beat by Mendenhall 52-35 last week and that’s the most points they have scored all year long,” Newton County coach Bobby Bass said. “They moved a new kid to quarterback who throws it pretty good and looks like the kid from West. They look a lot like us but a little more athletic in the skill positions. They are very beatable, it just depends on what we do.”

Enterprise at Union

The Yellowjackets will host the Bulldogs for Senior Night.

The Bulldogs come in struggling at 1-9 with their lone win coming over Clarkdale (45-0).

Veteran coach Brad Breland said is concerned after his team had a dog fight against one-win Newton last week.

“It may just be me, but they scare me,” Breland said. “Just like Newton scared me last week. With us being young and not very disciplined on defense, they scare me a lot. They run that wing-t stuff and you have to be very disciplined and play assignment football. It just scares me a lot after the way we played against Newton last week.”

Enterprise has been outscored 165-376 on the season.