NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Braves Football team beat Kittatinny, their biggest rival, 27-9, in their season home opener on Friday, September 9, despite the rain storm that passed through during the game.

Chase Cramer, the junior running back for Newton, ran for 175 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, Luke Young, the junior quarterback for Newton, threw two touchdown passes.

The win gave the Braves a 1-0 start to the season. Newton is now in the North Jersey Super Football Conference American Red Division, a new conference and division created this year, along with Kitatinnny.

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This was also the new head coach Matt Parzero's first victory with Newton, after spending the last seven seasons with North Warren.

Parzero said the fact that the Braves came back to take the lead showed a lot of great character. “It showed me a lot about them,” Parzero said. “I'm still getting to know them after four months and you don't know if they are going to pack it in or not after being down, but they stepped up.”

Cramer, who had touchdown runs of 72 yards and 29 yards in the game against Kittatinny said, “We came out here, did our thing and got the job done. We played like Newton Braves today.”

Young, who was 3-6 passing for 55 yards said that “We circle this game every year on our schedule and we're happy we finally got this win.”

Cramer scored a total of 12 points for Newton in addition to Will Larsen’s and Nico Sebastiano’s six points in touchdowns.

Larsen ran 24 yards to get a touchdown for the Braves and Sebastiano ran 52 yards for a touchdown. Cramer had a total of 216 yards rushed for the Braves.

The Braves look forward to taking their winning streak with them throughout the whole season as they take on Lenape Valley away on Friday, September 16 at 7 p.m.

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