Newton's football team outscored Andover 37-7 in the second half Friday to win 49-40. Newton coach Brent Glann needed it.
His young team, with just seven returning starters from 2009, was in danger of heading into its game against Hutchinson with an 0-2 record.
"It was incredible, because this team of ours is so young and so inexperienced that they finally got some belief in them," Glann said. "They know that now we can play. Maybe they can play varsity football, because coming into the season not too many had played varsity football."
Newton sophomore quarterback Coleman Kingsley led the comeback attack for the Railers. Glann didn't want to deviate from his original game plan and Kingsley was able to nickel and dime the team back into the game, picking up small chunks of yards on his way to a 238-yard rushing performance.
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"We were just talking about how cool it would be if we came back and won," Kingsley said. "Then we came out and played obviously a lot better than we did in the first half."
Senior fullback Josh Floerke added 126 rushing yards in a game that Glann wants to carry over into Friday's game against Hutchinson, the state's third-ranked team.
"This gives us a good chance to see how we stack up against what I think is obviously the best team in the state," Glann said. "They hung 42 points in one half on a pretty good Derby team last week. I can't imagine going into this one if we hadn't played the second half that we did the other night. It's going to be tough as it is. If you take away any semblance of confidence, then we'd be in really big trouble."
Kingsley respects what Hutchinson is able to do. He also senses that his team will not come out of the locker room Friday night fearing the Salthawks. Thanks to the team's second half against Andover, the Railroaders will play with a sureness in their abilities.
"It was a good boost for our whole team," Kingsley said. "Just to come back like that gave us more confidence. We've always known that can (play with the other teams in the AV-CTL). But that game just let everyone on the team see that we're able to play like that."