Kendall Bussey to announce commitment Friday _lowres

Advocate staff photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Newman running back, Kendall Bussey will announce his college commitment at the school Friday. Bussey had committed to Nebraksa but after coach Bo Pelini was fired, he re-opened his recruitment.

Drew Drouilhet likes to cause trouble.

So much trouble, in fact, that the Newman defensive lineman made high school football pretty tough Friday afternoon for visiting Thomas Jefferson.

Drouilhet collected two sacks, an interception and plenty to be excited about during a scrimmage at Michael Lupin Field. Teammates Elliot Sperling and Wyatt Mumfrey added interceptions on back-to-back plays, part of Newman’s defensive push.

“We’re shooting high, so that means focusing on the little things,” Sperling said. “Wrap up when you tackle, swarm to the ball and get every little thing right.”

Newman already enjoys stellar offensive play, with running back Kendall Bussey embracing contact, and receivers Tyler Addison and Elbert Thomas bonding with all-state quarterback Jabiari Tyler.

Now, add a defense, with Drouilhet, Sperling and others, and Newman could be poised for a stellar season in District 8-2A. Last season, Newman fell 28-26 to Opelousas Catholic in the first round of the Division III playoffs last season.

The defensive goal this season, Drouilhet said, is “everyone flying to the ball. Just keeping up the intensity. Forcing as many turnovers as possible.”

On Friday, Drouilhet started it off, chasing quarterback Tyler Lavergne up the middle, to the right sideline. Later, he finally slowed down, recognizing a screen pass.

“So I just kind of waited there,” he said of his interception. “Honestly, I got kind of lucky. I’m not going to say I was trying to do that, but that was cool.”

That’s just what Newman coach Nelson Stewart wanted to see.

“We have high expectations for ourselves, so we’re really going to go to work on some things,” Stewart said. “It was a good test for us, but we’re going to have to play (even) better.”

That means even more trouble from Drouilhet.