Trailing 14-8 at halftime, the Newton High freshmen were in postion to win a second game in their home opener Friday.
They almost pulled it off despite giving up 14 more points in the third quarter to visiting Des Moines North.
North held on for a 28-22 win over the Cardinals. Newton fell behind 28-8 before scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
“Turnovers and execution were killers for us tonight,” Newton freshman head coach Trent Powers said. “We had the ball on inside their 30 yard line six times and only scored three times.”
Dakota Adams had two of the touchdowns for the Cardinals and the 2-point conversion run in the second period. Adams finished with 139 yards on 19 carries and caught two passes for 25 yards.
Parker Aalbers scored the other TD in the fourth quarter. Josh Meyer kicked two extra points.
Aalbers had 32 yards on seven carries. Cade Cupples, who was 2-of-8 passing the ball rushed for 69 yards on 13 carries, Gavin Urias had 59 yards on 12 carries.
Owen Sanger led the defensive charge for Newton with four tackles. Adams had three and Meyer had two tackles.
“We will spend the next week trying to clean up our mistakes and hopefully will find a way to get back in the win column,” Powers said.
Newton (1-2) hosts Burlington at 4:45 p.m. Friday at H.A. Lynn Stadium.
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