Lapeyre completed 26 of 33 passes for 446 yards and three touchdowns to lead Newman to a 31-30 victory over St. James. The 5-foot-11, 155-pound sophomore also rushed seven times for 18 yards and a touchdown. The 446 passing yards were the second most in school history.
For the season, Lapeyre has completed 57 of 77 passes (an amazing 74 percent) for 913 yards and 11 touchdowns.
“He is doing really well,” Newman coach Nelson Stewart said. “He has great arm strength and is a really nice pocket passer. He is just a student of the game. He has shown some maturity and has just gotten better every week. He has embraced our system.”
Tillery, a 5-6 freshman, put up superb numbers against some of the Hawks’ toughest district opponents. In a five-game win over Newman, Tillery had 30 assists, 11 digs, 2 aces, 8 kills and 4 block assists. In a five-game win over Sacred Heart, she had 27 assists, 14 digs, 3 aces, 7 kills and 2 block assists. Said McGehee coach Val Whitfield: “Maddy’s poised demeanor as a setter helped us overcome adversity (a two-game deficit in both matches). Maddy is an up-and-coming leader on the court who loves to inspire her teammates. She leads through her hard work, her aggressive and consistent play.”