Newman may have graduated prolific quarterback Miles Lapeyre off last season's team.
But as the Greenies have shown through the first four games this season, the show must go on.
Junior quarterback Martin Butcher is making sure of that.
The junior has completed 65 of 82 passes for 799 yards and eight touchdowns to get the Greenies off to a 4-0 start.
Their biggest win so far was Friday's 37-27 road victory over Berwick, which was ranked No. 9 in the LSWA Class 3A poll at the time.
Butcher completed 20 of 34 passes for 312 yards and two touchdowns in that game.
Most of those passes went to junior Murray Calhoun, who had one of the biggest receiving days in school history.
Calhoun reeled in 11 passes for 231 yards and a pair of touchdowns. That 's more yards than even former Newman great Odell Beckham Jr. ever caught in a game.
"It was the first time we've had a receiver go over 200 yards in at least the last 15 or 20 years," Newman coach Nelson Stewart said. "It was a special night. He played outstanding."
Running back James Poche leads the area in touchdowns with 12.
Stewart knew this team had a chance to be good, despite losing Lapeyre, who's now at Tulane.
"We felt good with 18 starters back and we had a great summer," Stewart said. "We liked the way we finished. Obviously Miles Lapeyre was irreplaceable. But we liked Martin, and we had a quiet confidence. We knew we were going to be tested early, but we aren't surprised. There's still room for growth, but this has been a product of experience and hard work."
Newman, ranked No. 5 in The New Orleans Advocate Small School Super 10, hosts No. 9 Lusher at 7 p.m. Thursday.
St. Martin's inducts Hall of Fame members
St. Martin's Episcopal School inducted two individuals and one team into the school's Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday.
The inductees were Charles Sheen (Class of '60), Catherine Betz ('98) and the 1971 girls swimming team.
Steen was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and track and field, earning al-district honors in football and basketball. He was all-state in track in the high and low hurdles. His only loss as a senior came against future Olympian Billy Hardin.
Betz was also a three-sport star, competing in volleyball, basketball and track and field. She went on to become the school’s all-time leading scorer in basketball with 1,466 points, a record she held for years. In track, she won back-to-back state championships in the javelin.
The 1971 swim team won a state title and set two state records. Members of that team, coached by Rev. Joseph Beckman were: Allyson Askew, Debbie Crawford, Diane Deane, Dale Evans, Carol Horn, Carle Humphreys, Kay Kemp, Penny Miles, Jan Rydstrom, Wendy Schultz, Jocelyn Stedman and Janet Welch.
Record night for Chalmette
Chalmette rewrote its school record book with its 67-0 victory over Grace King on Friday.
It was the most points in school history for the Owls.
The 67 points surpassed the 61 points scored 21 seasons ago in a 61-16 victory against St. Bernard in 1996.
Chalmette hosts John Ehret on Friday in a key District 8-5A game.
Quarterback Jason Roper accounted for four touchdowns in the win.
Salmen to retire 2 jerseys
Salmen will retire two jerseys during its football game against Franklinton on Oct. 5.
Former football player Mike Sutton will have his jersey retired.
The other jersey that will be retired is that of former Spartans baseball standout Brian Babin.