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Atlanta wins in dramatic fashion

Atlanta wins in dramatic fashion

November 17th, 2018 by Gazette Staff in Sports Prep

LONGVIEW, Texas—Andrew Samples tossed four touchdown passes, including two in the fourth quarter, and Atlanta rallied for a 28-20 win over New London West Rusk in a Region II-3A Division I bi-district football playoff Friday night at Spring Hill's Panther Stadium.

West Rusk (8-3) led 7-0 after one quarter and 20-7 at halftime, but Atlanta (6-5) scored 20 unanswered points to complete the dramatic comeback.

The Rabbits recovered a botched kickoff return with 9:04 remaining to set up the final touchdown.

L.J. Harper put West Rusk on the board at the 5:38 mark of the first quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run that followed a 65-yard interception return by Darius Richardson.

Harper later connected with Trevor Henson on a 5-yard touchdown pass and then hit Jaylon Chilton for 15 yards to give the Raiders a 20-0 lead midway through the second quarter.

Samples hooked up with Ferron Hall on a 65-yard scoring toss with 5:12 to play, and the Rabbits trailed 20-7 at halftime.

Late in the third, Samples hit Jawan King on a 6-yard scoring toss to make it 20-14, and he later found King for 17 yards with 9:48 remaining to give the Rabbits a 21-20 lead. His 6-yard TD pass to Kade Wood with 3:59 to play put things away for the Rabbits.

Atlanta will face Kemp in next week's area round. Kemp defeated Lone Oak, 42-14, in its bi-district playoff.


Newton 69, Paul Pewitt 0

CARTHAGE, Texas—Darwin Barlow scored three times in the opening quarter and four times in the game, leading No. 1 ranked Newton to a 69-0 win over Paul Pewitt in a Region III-3A, Division II bi-district contest at Bulldog Stadium.

Newton moves to 10-0 on the year and will face Grand Saline, which blanked Blue Ridge, 23-0, in the next round. Paul Pewitt ends its season at 8-3.

Newton scored 33 points in each of the first two quarters and added a late field goal.

Barlow scored on runs 42, 40 and 18 yards in the opening frame, and the Eagles added a 13-yard run by Val Fowler and a 7-yard run by Nate Williams to build a commanding 33-0 advantage.

Nate Williams brought a punt back 80 yards for Newton to open the second quarter, and the Eagles added a 19-yard pass from Josh Foster to Dominique Seastrunk, a 1-yard run by Fowler, a 60-yard run by Barlow and a 55-yard scoring jaunt by Deantoy Dotson to make it a 66-0 game at halftime.

After a scoreless third, Caleb Colon booted a 27-yard field goal late in the fourth to end the scoring.


Paul Pewitt    0    0    0    0 — 0

Newton    33    33    0    3 — 69

First Quarter

NEW-Darwin Barlow 42 run (Caleb Colon kick), 11:38.

NEW-Barlow 4 run (Colon kick), 7:38.

NEW-Val Flowers 19 run (Colon kick), 4:15.

NEW-Barlow 18 run (kick failed), 3:21.

NEW-Josh Foster 7 run (Colon kick), 1:32.

Second Quarter

NEW-Foster 80 punt return (Colon kick), 9:18.

NEW-Dominique Seastrunk 19 pass from Foster (kick failed), 6:19.

NEW-Flowers 1 run (kick failed), 5:02.

NEW-Barlow 59 run (Colon kick), 2:33.

NEW-Foster 54 run (Colon kick), 0:38.

Fourth Quarter

NEW-Colon 19 FG, 11:50.


    Paul Pewitt    Newton

First Downs    8    18

Yards Rushing    46-96    29-454

Yards Passing    30    25

Passes A-C-I    3-1-0    6-2-1

Fumbles-Lost    6-4    2-0

Penalties    2-10    2-10

Punts-Avg.    6-33.0    0-0.0

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