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Newton ends Waskom's season, 45-6

By Nathan Hague
Dec. 8, 2017 at 10:59 p.m.

Waskom's Bryan Holland is wrapped up by the Newton defense during Friday night's playoff game in Lufkin.

LUFKIN — Waskom's football season came to an end on Friday when the Wildcats went head-to-head with the Newton Eagles in a rematch of the 2014 state championship game.

The Wildcats dropped a 45-6 decision in a Class 3A Division II Region III state quarterfinal contest — ending the year with a 9-5 record.

Newton, meanwhile, remains perfect on the year at 13-0 and advances to the state semifinals next week to face either Lexington or Boling.

Newton outgained Waskom 434-175 in total yards and 17-8 in first downs.

Waskom was held to 81 passing yards and 94 rushing yards. Ty Carter went 2-for-5 for 81 yards and one touchdown. Jacob Reeves was on the receiving end of Carter's touchdown as he finished the night with one reception for 42 yards. Reeves also led the ground attack with 49 yards.

Darwin Barlow led the Eagles in rushing with 206 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. Josh Foster went 7-of-13 passing for 115 yards and three touchdowns. He connected with Tamauzia Brown four times for 62 yards and one touchdown. Noah Williams had one catch for 30 yards and one touchdown.

The Eagles scored on the first play from scrimmage when Barlow took it to the house from 69 yards out to give Newton a 6-0 lead with 11:49 left in the first quarter.

Newton struck again on its next drive, this time through the air. Foster escaped the sack and found Williams who made the catch and got his feet in bounds in the end zone to put the exclamation mark on the game's second touchdown. Foster found Barlow for the two-point conversion to make it 14-0 with 8:55 left in the first quarter.

After a couple penalties, Foster went deep and found Brown for a 29-yard touchdown to give the Eagles a comfortable 21-0 lead with 4:51 remaining in the opening quarter.

Brown received a punt and returned it 43 yards to the Waskom one-yard line. That set up a one-yard quarterback sneak from Foster to put his team up 28-0.

Brown then hauled in his second touchdown pass from Foster on third-and-17. That gave the Eagles a 35-0 lead with 7:53 left in the first half.

Wildcats got on the scoreboard when Carter found Reeves for a 39-yard touchdown pass to make it 35-6 with 4:10 left until halftime. Both teams were held scoreless for the remainder of the first half as they entered halftime with Newton leading 35-6.

The third quarter was scoreless and Newton to its lead in the fourth when Barlow scored on a 67-yard run with 8:17 left in regulation. Caleb Colon tacked on a 25-yard field goal to put the nail in the coffin and seal up the 45-6 win.

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