High school football: Kingfisher's Grant Newton excels as full-time quarterback

Playing exclusively on offense has helped Newton develop into a legitimate threat for the Class 3A state finalist.
by Scott Wright Published: December 3, 2012

While Newton was the running half of the quarterback duo with Bryce Hyatt last year, he has sharpened his passing skills, too. He completed his first eight passes in the semifinal win over Seminole last week.

He finished 12-of-15 for 113 yards and rushed for nearly 200 yards, including the game-clinching 73-yarder.

As a whole, the Yellowjackets hope experience pays off this week, facing a team playing for its first state title since 1979.

Many of the current Kingfisher players were at least on the team, if not seeing significant snaps, during Kingfisher's last state finals trip in 2010, a loss to Heritage Hall.

They came into this year's playoffs knowing the kind of effort it takes to get to the big game, and that has paid off, especially when they had to travel one of the toughest roads to the state finals, with Tuttle, Stigler and Seminole in the way.

“That experience helped a lot,” said Landon Nault, who was the starting running back as a freshman in 2010. “Getting there and falling short gave us the motivation to get there again, and we know how to do it, so we're gonna go get the job done.”

by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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