Newman stays solid, makes big plays to down East Jefferson, 28-6, on Thursday

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METAIRIE – A team accustomed to winning showed why, while a young team trying to learn how to win showed why at Joe Yenni Stadium Thursday night.

Senior quarterback Martin Butcher connected with junior wide receiver Jarmone Sutherland on three touchdown passes and Butcher ran for a fourth score to pace Newman to a 28-6 win over East Jefferson in Metairie in a game seen live at and heard live on WGSO 990 AM.

The win was the 15th straight regular season win for the Greenies (3-0) while the Warriors remained winless (0-3).

Butcher, who broke Payton Manning’s single season passing records at Newman a year ago, finished 10-of-17 for 243 yards and four total touchdowns on the game.

“We felt we could make some plays in the passing game and we were able to do so,” Butcher said. “Our offensive line did a good job of protecting and Jarmone and our receivers were able to get open, providing some good windows to throw to.”

Sutherland caught six passes for 152 yards and three touchdowns, scoring from 53, 50 and 12 yards out, respectively.

“We were able to get deep and just missed a couple of those early and then we were able to connect,” Sutherland said. Martin was able to make the throws and we were able to get over the top and score.”

East Jefferson forced a pair of early turnovers as Alton Holloway intercepted Butcher on the first series of the game and Ahmad Harris recovered a fumble on a strip of T.J. Bush, but the Warriors missed field goals of 34 and 23 yards.

Warriors head coach Frank Allelo lamented missed opportunities.

“The two missed field goals hurt,” Allelo said. “We had a chance to jump on top and missed the opportunity. You cannot do that against a good team. “If they give points moving from the 20 to the 20, we would be good. We have young players. There are some good things. We just have to overcome ourselves. We are our worst enemy right now. We are playing good teams. At least we are going to know what we have to improve. When you play good teams, you get exposed for your weak points. We’ve still got a chance to have a good season. We are young and inexperienced, and we have to keep them motivated.”

Newman got on the board first when Butcher scored on a one-yard run to make it 7-0 with 3:54 to play in the first quarter. The run was set up with a strike to wideout Murray Calhoun on a post route where Calhoun was tackled just short of the goal line. The score capped an eight play, 80-yard drive, taking 3:14 off the clock.

The Greenies expanded the lead to 14-0 in the second quarter when connected with Sutherland on a 50-yard touchdown strike with 7:18 to play in the half.

The same combination struck again on the next Newman possession, this time on a 53-yard score to put Newman up 21-0 by halftime.

For all intents and purposes, Newman put the game away late in the third quarter. Allelo elected to gamble on fourth-and-one from his own 13-yard line and came up short. Two plays later, Butcher hit Sutherland on a 12-yard touchdown pass and it was 28-0 heading to the fourth quarter.

East Jefferson averted a shutout by driving 76 yards in 10 plays with Leroy Friloux scoring a three-yard run with eight seconds remaining in the third quarter. The try for a two-point conversion failed.

The Newman defense bent but did not break and sacked East Jefferson quarterback Cornelius Beasley five times.

“I think first thing you have to be critical of yourself,” said Newman head coach Nelson Stewart. “It’s good to get a win against a 5A opponent. We needed to get challenged. I like that we threw the ball downfield well. We got a young offensive line, first year guys still learning. We had a couple missed assignments, but I think the kids competed. They kept their composure. I did like the way our defense flew to the ball. They had one nice drive there, but I think we played physical until the end. We’re gonna keep going every week, playing good opponents, and we gotta get better. 3-0, we’ll take it, but to be great you have to hold yourself to a high standard.”

Newman returns to action next Friday night at home against Berwick while East Jefferson will host Landry-Walker a week from Saturday at 11 a.m.

Newman 7 14 7 0 — 28
East Jeff 0 0 7 0 — 6

1st Qtr.
NEW—Martin Butcher, 1 yard run (Will Hardie kick) 7-0 @ 3:54-1st

2nd Qtr.
NEW—Jarmone Sutherland, 50-yard pass from Martin Butcher (Will Hardie kick) 14-0 @ 7:18-2nd
NEW—Jarmone Sutherland, 53-yard pass from Martin Butcher (Will Hardie kick) 21-0 @ 4:40-2nd

3rd Qtr.
NEW—Jarmone Sutherland, 12-yard pass from Martin Butcher (Will Hardie kick) 28-0 @ 4:40-3rd
EJ—Leroy Friloux, 3-yard run (run failed) 28-6 @ :08-3rd

Final Statistics
First Downs
NEW 11
EJ 13

EJ 0

EJ 2

NEW 5 for 57 yards
EJ 7 for 98 yards

Rushing Yards
NEW 79
EJ 123

Passing Yards
NEW 243
EJ 133

Total Yards
NEW 322
EJ 256

Individual Rushing
T.J. Bush 10 carries for 56 yards
Joseph Peasent 5 carries for 18 yards
Martin Butcher 6 carries for 5 yards, 1 TD

Leroy Friloux 18 carries for 77 yds., 1 TD
Cornelius Beasley 26 carries for 48 yards
Jeffery Royal 1 carry for 2 yards
Jermaine Gillaud 2 carries, -4 yards

Individual Passing
Martin Butcher 10-of-17 for 243 yards and 3 TD’s, 1 INT

Cornelius Beasley 9-of-18 for 133 yards

Individual Receiving
Jarmone Sutherland 6 catches for 152 yards and 3 TD’s
Murray Calhoun 3 catches for 81 yards
William Picou 1 catch for 10 yards

Kyren Bush 4 for 62 yards
Keijon Williams 3 for 60 yards
Jeffery Royal 1 for 7 yards
Leroy Friloux 1 for 4 yards

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Jordan Liuzza

Jordan Liuzza

WGMB-TV Producer

Born at East Jefferson Hospital, Jordan Liuzza is a Louisiana native who grew up in Metairie, before moving to Destrehan after Hurricane Katrina. Jordan graduated Destrehan High School, class of 2012, and thereafter graduated from LSU, class of 2017, with a B.A. in Communications. Growing up in Metairie, Jordan played park ball at Johnny Bright Playground. At Destrehan High School,…

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