Including Friday night’s 43-0 loss to Laney, Butler has been shut out in six of the past seven meetings between the two schools.
The Bulldogs had negative yards of offense and failed to cross midfield Friday.
However, Newton, who is in his first season as the Bulldogs’ head coach, is looking ahead – not back at the days of the long losing streak.
“I’m excited about it. I got tons of young talent,” Newton said. “We’re going to come back and continue to work. We’re going to pick ourselves up.”
DEPTH ADVANTAGE: As Statesboro and Lakeside opened their seasons, the heat wasn’t a factor. The humidity was.
“It was just dramatic for both teams,” Statesboro coach Steve Pennington said after the Blue Devils’ 26-7 win. “It was like a wet blanket out here.”
Sweat-drenched players struggled to find the footing as a light dew settled on the field in the second half. The Blue Devils, who had 108 players listed on their roster and dressed 91, had an obvious advantage with the depth of their backfield. Four ball carriers tallied at least 48 yards each.
“It was a factor. They’re so big and physical up front, and we’re playing a lot of our linemen both ways,” Lakeside coach Jarrett Troxler said. “Effort wasn’t the issue. We got worn down. Defense wasn’t the issue. We’ve got to score more points.”
BIG-PLAY DEFENSE: After his team’s 21-18 comeback win over Hephzibah, Josey coach John Noah was quick to credit his team’s defense.
The Eagles’ offense recorded 11 rushing plays for zero or negative yardage. Another negative-yardage play came with a 25-yard loss on a bad snap over the punter’s head. Also, one pass play went for minus-3 yards.
Of the 32 offensive plays, only five went for more than 10 yards.
The defense, on the other hand, shut down Hephzibah for three quarters and was responsible for two touchdowns after a pair of fumble recoveries.