Panthers maul Cougars

By ROBBIE ROBERTSON,

The Newton County Cougars had no answers for the Quitman running game on Friday night.

Quitman ran for 512 yards as sophomore running back Brandon Hicks scored five touchdowns in a 47-7 win over Newton County on Friday night.

With the loss, Newton County falls to 1-7 on the season and will travel to Northeast Lauderdale on Friday night in another division contest.

The stats were worse than the final score as Quitman had 521 yards of total offense while Newton County had just 115 yards on offense. Quitman had 14 first downs while Newton County had six first downs.

“Our downfall continues to be poor tackling and failure to execute assignments on offense,” Newton County coach Gene Mitchell said. “We can’t sustain any rhythm on either side of the ball.”

Quitman scored early and often as they posted 19 points in the first quarter and 14 points in the second quarter.

Newton County scored its only touchdown in the first quarter on a Donavon McCoy touchdown run.

Quitman added two more scores in the second half with one in the third and another in the fourth.

Hicks had a huge night for the Panthers as he rushed for 151 yards on 10 carries. Sophomore Jed Lewis also had a good night as he rushed for 133 yards on nine carries. Tydrekius Carpenter had 93 yards on six carries while Lamarious James had 70 yards on two carries, including a 65-yard touchdown run.

For the Cougars, McCoy was 5-of-9 passing for 99 yards while Carlois Walker had 57 yards rushing on 13 carries.

On defense, Ethan Gentry led the Cougars with 10 tackles and an interception. Damon Mapp had eight stops while Skylar Porter had seven tackles. Makindal Evans had six tackles while Miquel Evans added five stops. Gentry was also credited with a sack while Carlonte Walker and Makindal Evans each had pass breakups.