Football season ends too soon

By BRENT MAZE,

It’s too early for this football season to be over for Newton County. For the first time since I’ve been here, our football season ended with the first week of the playoffs.

In the past three years, we’ve seen Union make a run to the third round of the playoffs. Newton County Academy has been a mainstay in the playoffs, including winning a championship in 2014.

Lake has had a lot of success as well making a deep playoff run two years ago.

For a while on Friday night, Newton and Mother Nature had me believing that the No. 4 seeded Tigers would have pulled off a huge upset of No. 1 seeded Winona in the first round of the playoffs.

Everything seemed to be going Newton’s way in the first half. The speedy Tigers were running up and down the field. They turned the game into a track meet.

Then, the rains came and slowed down that football field. No longer was it a track surface. It was marred with mud and became a slopfest as the heavy rains made footing and ball-handling treacherous.

It just wasn’t meant to be this year, as Newton fell to Winona 29-28.

Lake, also sporting an 8-2 record, showed a lot of promise heading into the playoffs. However, the Hornets got a bad draw despite finishing in a three-way tie for first place.

They fell to the defending Class 2A state champions in Calhoun City.

This was a devastating blow to a district I thought was one of the toughest in Class 2A and possibly in any division.

But it just shows you that only the best of the best make it to the playoffs. Two of the district teams, Scott Central and Philadelphia are still alive and will be likely challenging Calhoun City for the Class 2A crown.

We’re rooting for them to make it a long way, but for now, our attention turns away from football and is now on basketball and soccer.

We like to congratulate all of our teams on a good season, and we’d like to wish all of the football and basketball teams good luck.