By Mark Schnabel
The Newton High School football team put one in the win column for first-year head coach Chris Jaax on the road last week 45-21 at Salina Central and the Railers will be looking to build on that momentum by hosting Andover at 7 p.m. Friday at Fischer Field for homecoming.
The win puts the Railers at 1-4 for the season. With three games left in the season, Newton is tied for 12th with Goddard Eisenhower in the Class 5A West District Standings. Eisenhower holds the primary head-to-head tie-breaker, while Newton holds the secondary point-differential tie-breaker.
Andover enters the game 4-1, coming off a 19-14 win over Campus last week. Andover trailed 14-10 at the half, but scored in the third quarter on a nine-yard pass from Chase Oberg to Ben Smith to take the lead. Andover added a safety in the fourth quarter to help seal the win.
The sole loss for Andover came against Goddard 50-14 in the third week of the season. The Trojans opened with a 48-20 win over Salina Central and a 21-18 win over Kapaun-Mt. Carmel. After the Goddard loss, Andover downed crosstown rival Andover Central 23-6.
Oberg leads the AV-CTL II in passing, hitting 111 of 181 passes for 1,107 yards with seven touchdowns and six interceptions. Oberg also has 106 yards rushing on 27 carries with a touchdown. Robert Bundy has 108 carries for 525 yards and seven touchdowns.
For the Railers, Kade Remsberg leads the AV-CTL II in rushing with 81 carries for 628 yards and five touchdowns. Landon Moore is third in rushing with 79 carries for 540 yards and six touchdowns. Moore has hit 36 of 82 passes for 482 yards with five touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Nathan Ahrens is second in the AV-CTL II in receiving with 17 catches for 319 yards and four touchdowns.
Coach Jaax could not be reached for comment.