Newton Continues Dominating Run in 50-7 Win Over Buffalo in Area Round
LUFKIN -- Riding a big-play offense and a dominating defense, Newton didn't miss a beat as they reeled off the first 28 points of the game and coasted to a 50-7 win over Buffalo in Class 3A area playoff action at Abe Martin Stadium on Friday night.
In rolling to its 12th straight win to start the season, J.D. Spikes ran for 159 yards and three touchdowns and Darwin Barlow had 128 yards and two touchdowns as Newton advanced to the third round of the playoffs for the fifth straight season.
Meanwhile Buffalo had a three-game winning streak snapped and ended the season with an 8-4 record.
While the Newton offense piled up 372 rushing yards, the defense was even more impressive.
Despite Buffalo running 61 offensive plays and holding a 33:50-14:10 advantage in time of possession, the Bison were held to 114 total yards.
Colton Green threw for 83 yards and a touchdown on 10-of-15 passing but was constantly pressured throughout the night.
It was all Newton in the early going as the Eagles rattled off the first 28 points of a game that was never in doubt.
The Eagles set the tone for the night from the opening kickoff as J.D. Spikes returned it near midfield. Three plays later, Darwin Barlow sprinted around the right edge and into the end zone from 28 yards out for a 7-0 lead in the opening minute of the game.
Newton's defense forced a three and out, and the offense went back to work on the first play of the following drive with Spikes going untouched for a 52-yard touchdown run that upped the margin to 13-0 after a failed two-point try.
On the final play of the first quarter, Spikes scored his second touchdown of the night, this one from 31 yards out, to make the score 20-0.
That lead went to 28-0 early in the second quarter when Darwin Barlow took a handoff and was hit at the line before bouncing off the tackle and running 20 yards for a touchdown. Brock Barbay then hit Spikes for a two-point conversion.
Buffalo finished the half on a strong note, driving 83 yards on 15 plays in a drive that took 7:40 off the clock. The drive culminated on a fourth-down play with Colton Green hitting Dirk Kilgore, who made a nice diving grab in the end zone, to narrow the margin to 28-7.
In that drive, Buffalo gained 83 of its 102 first-half yards. Green finished the half by connecting on 6-of-10 passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. Kilgore had two of those catches for 44 yards and a score.
Meanwhile Newton gained 258 yards of total offense despite possessing the ball for only 18 plays and 4:34 on the clock.
J.D.Spikes led the way with 124 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries. Darwin Barlow ran for 75 yards and a pair of scores on four carries.
After Newton's defense came up with a stop on the opening drive of the second half, the Eagles' ground game went back to work.
Marching 84 yards on eight plays, all on the ground, Brock Barbay capped off the drive with a seven-yard touchdown. Barbay also took in the two-point conversion, putting the Eagles on top 36-7 with 4:40 left in the third quarter.
After Newton forced a pair of turnovers, Spikes found the end zone for the third time, this one from seven yards out, to up the margin to 43-7 with 11:14 left in the game.
That lead grew to 50-7 when Tamauzia Brown found the end zone on a 38-yard carry with 9:29 remaining.
Newton improved to 12-0 on the season with the win.