By Brian Howard
Chris Blanton scored three touchdowns as the Newton High School football team blanked Morrow, 28-0, Saturday night in a Region 2-AAAAA game at Twelve Oaks Stadium.
Blanton ran for scores of 85, 24 and 20 as the Rams racked up 262 total yards (252 on the ground).
Newton (4-5 overall, 3-3 region) kept its playoff hopes alive with the win and must beat Tri-Cities Friday to advance to possible earn a berth in this year's tournament. Morrow (1-8, 1-5) tried to put together its second straight win, but couldn't stop Blanton.
The Mustangs, on senior night, had 104 total yards in the first half and finished with 213, helped by 78 yards of rushing on 13 carries by Claude Williams.
The Rams got the ball to begin the game and went 70 yards in seven plays with Blanton scoring on a 24-yard run, giving Newton a 7-0 lead with 8 minutes, 45 seconds left in the opening quarter.
The Mustangs, who committed three turnovers, coughed the ball up at the Newton 17 right before the end of the first quarter.
The Rams capitalized by going 83 yards on five plays as Blanton scored on a 20-yard run, giving Newton a 14-0 lead.
The score remained 14-0 until the fourth quarter, as Blanton went down the left sideline for an 85-yard score, pushing the lead to 21-0 with 10:45 remaining.
Lucky Hardeman gave the Rams a 28-0 lead after he recovered a fumble by Mustangs quarterback Lawrence Glover in the end zone.
Morrow finishes the season Saturday at DeKalb Memorial Stadium against Redan.
In other games around the area, Forest Park lost its fourth straight game, falling to Cedar Grove, 26-3 in a Region 5W-AAAA game.
Forest Park concludes the season Saturday at Twelve Oaks Stadium against Washington.
In another 5W-AAAA game, Mt. Zion entered the night with a chance at making the playoffs, but the Bulldogs fell to Washington, 14-12.
Mt. Zion finishes the season Friday night against North Atlanta.