NEWTON, NJ—The Newton High School football team had a big win for their season opener against High Point 35-6, playing at home on Friday. The season had been halted temporarily at the beginning of October on the news of a positive coronavirus test.

The Braves took the field as if they had never missed a beat, scoring one touchdown in the first quarter, two in the second and two more in the third.

Aaron Fantasia was first to put points on the board with a 63-yard punt return. Sophomore Robert McCullough added an extra point with a field goal kick.

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High Point scored their first and only touchdown of the game but were held to six with a blocked kick. Newton responded with another kick-off return.  This time Ryan Pappas took it downfield for 88-yard run.  McCullough added another point.

Dylan Bailey snagged a 20 yard pass from Jack Young for another Braves touchdaow.  scored Fantasia made the run for the added 2 points.

At halftime, the Braves led 22-6, but they did not stop there. They would add another two touchdowns to the total.

Braydon Nolan made the fourth touchdown of the night for the Braves after an eight-yard run, followed by a kick from McCullough. The final touchdown was scored by Peyton Nolan on a three-yard run.

Offensively, Young had a total of 174 passing yards.  Peyton Nolan ran for 65-yards. Young connected with Fantasia for 118 yards.

Defensively, Braydon Nolan had one sack for the Braves, as well as 10 tackles. Peyton Nolan had seven tackles.

On Newton’s special teams, McCullough made his three attempted extra point field goals, while Fantasia made his one attempted two-point run.

The Newton High School Football team is now 1-0 as they look ahead to next Friday, October 23 where they will take on Lenape Valley away with a 7 p.m. kick-off.  

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