Newman’s offensive starters scored six touchdowns on their only nine plays during the first half of the Greenies’ 71-8 blowout of Cohen on Friday night at Lupin Field.
Newman only needed 198 yards and two first downs to go into the locker room up 50-0, never starting in their territory. The defense came up with four interceptions in the first half. The Greenies also took advantage of the difficulties Cohen had snapping the ball when the ball went over quarterback Randall Fields’ head, and he fell on it in the end zone for a safety late in the first quarter.
Stewart said having his offense on the field for such a short amount of time with the playoffs two weeks away was a “tough situation,” but said ultimately, he’s about execution.
“It’s quality over quantity here,” Stewart said. “If you’re going to get nine snaps, you’d better make them good ones. If you’re a well-oiled machine, there’s going to be a disparity and you’re going to get a jump on them. It’s a lot of mixed emotions, but overall, it’s hard not to be happy about it.”
Running back Kendall Bussey came into the game with 950 yards. He only carried the ball three times, but his 69 rushing yards were enough to break the 1,000-yard plateau for the season. He had half the starters’ touchdowns, scoring on runs of 16 and 25 yards while adding another with a 17-yard reception.
Sophomore quarterback Miles Lapeyre was 5-of-5 for 112 yards and four touchdowns, continuing to show himself as an efficient replacement for all-state quarterback Jay Tyler. Tyler, who hurt his had several weeks ago and was forced to move to receiver, caught Lepeyre’s longest touchdown of the night (43 yards). He also opened scoring when he took the Hornets’ first punt of the night back for a touchdown.
Stewart touted Lapeyre’s poise, but said Tyler will soon be taking back the helm with the playoffs looming after next week’s regular season closer at South Plaquemine.
“I think he’s close,” Stewart said. “You’re going to see him quarterback again. We haven’t rushed it. Our plan was, if we can get wins through Week 10, Week 11 with Miles, get a full recovery (from Tyler), he’d have the opportunity to come back.”
Also catching touchdowns for the Greenies were Davis Charbonnet and Elbert Thomas. In relief of Bussey, freshman running back Isaac Andry scored twice on six carries and rushed for 33 yards.
Newman finished with 264 yards, and the defense held Cohen to five first downs on 169 yards, 77 of them coming on Fields’ 77-yard touchdown to Kenneth Murdock. After completing six of his first seven passes, Fields finished 8-of-21 for 105 yards, a touchdown and five interceptions.
“I really liked the turnovers our defense forced,” Stewart said.
“I think that the young guys in the second half really played hard. Essentially, the entire second half and most of the second quarter, that was all reserves.”
“For them to get out there, score points doing it the right way and stop their offense a little bit, it says a lot about the state of our program.”