Newton Laps Rogers For Trip To Class 3A D-II Semifinals
SHENANDOAH -- Newton broke Rogers' scoring and points against averages to run away with Friday's Class 3A Division II, Region III championship playoff game, 32-7.
Rogers held its first 13 opponents to an average of 15.2 points per night and was usually good for about 28 points on the offensive side of things. It defeated Corrigan-Camden and Crockett in its postseason run.
Newton (11-3) had 13 points at the end of the first quarter, hung on for a 13-7 lead at the break and tacked on 19 more points in the second half behind an offensive effort that more than doubled Rogers' total output of 172 yards.
Running back Calum Foster scored on runs of 53 and 18 yards for Newton and finished the game with 188 yards on the ground.
Roney Elam completed 3 of 5 passes for 41 yards and a touchdown. He also scored on a 1-yard carry.
Foster opened scoring midway through the first quarter with his 18-yard run for a 6-0 lead after a missed PAT kick. Jaron Hanks gave Newton a 13-0 lead on a 28-yard run with a converted kick after the touchdown with 1:51 to play in the first period.
Brody Malovets capped Rogers' only scoring drive on a 2-yard run with 8:58 remaining in the half.
Elam and Foster scored in the third quarter to up the Newton lead, 26-7.
Antwaine Hunter caught a 21-yard pass from Elam about two minutes into the fourth quarter for the final score.
Rogers finished its season with an 11-3 record.
Newton will play Blanco next week in the state semifinals. The game will be Newton's second trip to the fifth round in three seasons.