The good news for the Newton High School football team is they don’t have to face a defending state finalist this week.
The Railers only have to face a state semifinalist in a matchup against the Maize Eagles at 7 p.m. Friday at K.T. Woodman Stadium in Maize.
Maize fell in the state semifinals to Wichita Northwest 80-42 last year.
The Railers are 0-2 after 41-34 loss to defending Class 4A runner-up Andover Central and a 43-31 loss to Class 6A defending champ Derby. It was one of Newton’s closest games against Derby in years.
Maize is 2-0, stopping Andover 20-6 and Campus 41-14.
The Eagles are led by quarterback Avery Johnson, who has hit 25 of 44 passes for 308 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also has 26 rushing yards with two touchdowns. Running back Josh Sanders has 37 carries for 276 yards rushing. Justin Stephens has five catches for 79 yards and a touchdown. Cole Segraves has hit two of two field goal attempts.
Newton is led by Ben Schmidt, who hit 29 of 60 passes for 523 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. Kenyon Forest has 33 carries for 202 yards and two touchdowns. Forest also has four catches for 69 yards and a score. Peyton Maxwell has 16 catches for 312 yards and three touchdowns. Xzavion Martin has four catches for 69 yards with a touchdown.
Nick Antonowich leads the defense with 12 total tackles. Dehann Nelson has nine total tackles.
AROUND THE AV-CTL I
Maize South (2-0) @ Hutchinson (2-0)
Maize South downed Great Bend 56-0 and won its first AV-CTL I game, stopping Salina South 62-6 last week. Hutchinson has a 21-13 win over Valley Center and a 21-20 win over Garden City.
Campus (1-1) @ Salina South (0-2)
Campus opened with a 37-32 win over Salina Central, but fell to Maize 41-14 last week. South fell to 0-2, falling to Maize South 62-6 last week.
Derby (1-1) @ Bishop Carroll (2-0)
Derby is coming off a 43-31 win over Newton, while Bishop Carroll opened with a 29-28 win over Junction City, followed by a 31-28 win over Kapaun-Mt. Carmel.
Lem Wash leads Derby with 226 yards passing and a touchdown and 240 yards rushing with four touchdowns. Dylan Edwards has 275 yards rushing with three touchdowns. Edwards also leads the team in receiving with 116 yards and a score.