Newman handles Northlake Christian, advances to second round of playoffs

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NEW ORLEANS – Another game, another dominant performance from Martin Butcher, Jarmone Sutherland and Murray Calhoun for the Newman Greenies and this one had them advancing to the next round of the Division III playoffs with a 40-7 victory over Northlake Christian at Lupin Field.

Butcher was as dominant as he always is in completing 17 of his 22 pass attempts for 269 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Calhoun continued to add to his school career receptions record with 7 catches for 101 yards and 2 touchdowns. Sutherland was his usual self as 3 of his 4 catches went for touchdowns while picking up 115 yards.

“All three of them are so selfless,” said Newman head coach Nelson Stewart. “They never call for the ball. I think Martin did a great job at extending plays and pushing the ball down the field vertically. He’s a guy that has forty-five touchdowns for us in eleven games which is just an unbelievable number.”

“Murray and Jarmone are both over a thousand yards receiving. I don’t know if we’ll ever see numbers like this again. We just love coaching them and it’s great to get another week with them and now we’re on to the quarter finals and I’m just really proud of all of them.”

To their credit, the Greenie (10-1 defense did everything it needed to as well in holding the Wolverines (2-9) to just 78 yards of total offense while recovering a fumble and getting two interceptions from Eli Abramson, one of which he took back 24 yards for a touchdown.

Northlake’s one score came in the 3rd quarter after Michael Swan found Titus Dillon from 24 yards out to get them on the board. The Northshore school fielded just 4 seniors this year which had head coach Anthony Agresta feeling hopeful for the future.

“We’re a very young football team that has a long way to go,” he said. “But I think that second half drive showed that we were able to learn from our mistakes in the first half. We paid a lot of dues this year but I think pay off for us in the future.”

Newman got it started on their first possession when going for it on 4th and 2 as Butcher found Calhoun from 31 yards with a beautiful fade to get the Greenies on the board for the first time.

On their next possession Butcher moved Newman 82 yards in 8 plays, culminating with a 40-yard touchdown pass to Sutherland to extend the lead to 14.

After Abramson’s pick-six, Sutherland went to work by first picking up a 57-yard touchdown reception that brought the ball to the 9 before capping it off with a 9-yard touchdown catch.

It only took 5 plays for the Greenies to get on the board again this time with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Butcher to Calhoun.

After Northlake fumbled the ball on their own 12 on a botched fake punt once again Murray found Sutherland for a 9-yard touchdown to finish up the scoring and the starters got the rest of the night off from there to get them some rest before next week.

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