The East Newton High School Patriots will be on the road this Friday as they face the Mt. Vernon Mountaineers. Kickoff is at 7.


The Patriots are coming off the heels of a 38-6 defeat last Friday at the hands of the Seneca Indians, a game marred by turnovers and big plays.


The Patriots had a trio of fumbles and an interception, while Seneca had a fumble and an interception as well.  


“Anytime we had some momentum going, we shot ourselves in the foot,” East Newton head coach Seth Johnson said after last week’s game.


The Patriots made their lone score on a 12-yard pass from quarterback Chance Liveoak to Tyler Winsauer just two minutes into the first quarter.


The Indians capitalized on turnovers and big plays for several of their scores. An interception in the first quarter set up an Indian touchdown as quarterback Derek Burr threw a 24-yard pass to Ethan Dorland for the TD. East Newton then fumbled the ball on their next possession, setting up a 37-yard drive for another Seneca touchdown, this one early in the second quarter.


In the second half, the Indians broke out their aerial game, with Burr connecting with junior wide receiver Quentin Cotton for a 93-yard TD, then with sophomore wide receiver Zach Dunnam for 87 yards and the touchdown.


“I’ve told the team we can bend but we can’t break,” Johnson said after the game last Friday. “We improved from last week, we did a much better job flipping the field, but tonight we broke too many times.”