Newman defense smothers Lusher for 52-0 shutout

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Newman wasn’t looking ahead to next week’s matchup, although given the way they played, they probably could have.

Murray Calhoun scored three total touchdowns, TJ Bush added two more and the Newman Greenies easily handled the Lusher Lions 52-0 at Lusher’s home field.

The Greenies (5-0) owe a great deal of their success to the effort of their defense, who held Lusher to just 65 yards of total offense, including negative 36 yards of rushing offense. The defense was also opportunistic in forcing 7 turnovers, including 5 interceptions in the first half.

Newman had a few issues completing the ball early on due to a steady rainfall and a wet ball. It didn’t stop them from inserting their second stringers in the second half after getting a commanding 42-0 halftime lead.

“We had a few issues with the wet ball but our defense kept putting us in position to run the ball well,” said coach Nelson Stewart. “I think we were really focused all week which helped us take care of things. It was huge to get our younger guys to play the whole second half which I think helps them get some meaningful experience.”

Lusher (1-4) had to make do without several starters, including running back Miles Stewart who injured his ankle the day before the game. The Lions weren’t able to muster much of anything on the evening as they finished with as many penalty yards as offensive yards.

“We just have to persevere after this,” said head coach JJ Smith. “If one guy goes down the next guy has to step up. Tonight’s something we’ll just have to build off of. We’ve got St. Charles Catholic and De La Salle coming up so it doesn’t get any better so we just have to move ahead.”

Calhoun wasted no time in getting the Greenies on the board as he returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown to get Newman going. It didn’t take long for Newman to get back to the end zone as quarterback Martin Butcher found Calhoun from 23 yards out 5 minutes later to add another score.

Calhoun added a 40 yard scoring catch courtesy of Butcher in the second quarter before the TJ Bush administration took over. Bush found his way into the end zone 3 times in the second quarter on runs of 5, 15 and 9 yards respectively as Newman marched into halftime with a commanding 42-0 lead.

Will Hardie knocked in a 45-yard field goal in the 3rd quarter while backup quarterback Beau Adams found Back up running back John Charbonnet for a 27-yard touchdown to give Newman the 52-0 lead which they never gave up.

As for that next week matchup for Newman? It’ll be at home against the undefeated Country Day Cajuns in a battle for district as the record breaking Butcher takes on the highly touted Cajuns quarterback Justin Ibieta.

“It’s just like any other game,” said Calhoun. “We’re going to look at film, prepare, and we’ll be ready.”

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