Kendall Bussey racked up 149 yards of total offense and scored three touchdowns in a 47-14 Newman victory over visiting McMain on Friday night.
Bussey had 78 total yards and two rushing touchdowns before halftime, and quarterback Jay Tyler was 14-of-24 for 204 passing yards and 77 rushing yards before being ejected late in the fourth quarter for inducing back-to-back unsportsmanlike conduct penalties after a verbal back-and-forth with a few McMain defenders.
“We have an up-tempo offense, and we just try to catch people off guard,” Bussey said. “When you’re in a spread offense, teams load up the box sometimes, so I just wanted to take whatever they gave me and just run hard on every play.”
Another player who stood out for the No. 2 team in The New Orleans Advocate’s small schools Super 10 was wide receiver Tyler Addison. The junior caught a touchdown pass, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble for a touchdown.
“We felt like (Addison) has the strength and the speed to come off the edge,” Newman coach Nelson Stewart said. “When you are at a small school, you have to take advantage of all the athletic guys you have. He made a couple great plays tonight, and we just need him to carry that throughout the season.”
McMain forced Tyler into two fumbles in the second quarter but was unable to convert its opportunities into points.
“That’s just the sign of a mature team,” Stewart said. “When you can rally past your mistakes and don’t allow those emotional swings to affect the way you play. That’s something we try to always focus on with our guys.”
The only Mustangs score of the first half came on a 37-yard touchdown pass from Darnell Williams to James Howard. After a failed 2-point conversion attempt, the score was 27-6.
Howard was the major standout for the Mustangs, turning seven offensive touches on the night into 111 yards and two touchdowns.
Newman began the second quarter with an interception in the end zone by defensive back Elliot Sperling to end a potential McMain scoring drive, then proceeded to go on a 12-play, 80-yard touchdown drive that was capped by an 8-yard touchdown pass from Tyler to Addison. That gave Newman 27-0 lead.
The Greenies offense came out firing, scoring on their first three possessions of the game, including 31- and 17-yard touchdown runs by Bussey and a 38-yard touchdown catch by receiver Wyatt Mumfrey. Newman led 20-0 after the first quarter.