We told our guys this is one they’ll tell their children about and then their grandchildren one day, but it’s time to get ready for our next game against a South Plaquemines team that is very good.” Nelson Stewart, Newman coach
NEW ORLEANS — Newman football coach Nelson Stewart told his players they needed to put what happened Friday at Pan American Stadium behind them in order to prepare for a Week 6 game with South Plaquemines.
Stewart knew that was a tall order for a Newman team that prevailed 72-68 in a District 10-2A shootout with Carver.
“It was unbelievable,” Stewart said. “I’ve never been part of a game like that before, and doubt I’ll ever be again. It was just electric.
“We told our guys this is one they’ll tell their children about and then their grandchildren one day, but it’s time to get ready for our next game against a South Plaquemines team that is very good.”
Newman (3-1, 2-0), ranked eighth in the latest Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 2A poll, led No. 9 Carver (3-1, 0-1) 33-30 after a wild first half. The game lasted approximately 3:30.
Sophomore quarterback Jabiari Tyler led the way for Newman and set several school records in the process. The son of former LSU quarterback Herb Tyler completed 32 of 41 passes for 457 yards and six touchdowns.
Stewart said the yardage total set a school record, and Tyler tied his own school record with six TD passes. Tyler also ran for 135 yards on 15 carries, scoring three more TDs.
Gilly Andry led all Newman receivers with 10 catches for 174 yards. But another receiver, Russell Gardner, caught what proved to be the game-winning pass from Tyler with less than four minutes left.
The efforts of Tyler and Greenies helped offset the efforts of a Carver team led by receiver Raheem Falkins, an Alabama commitment, and quarterback Joey Louis.
Nelson said a sack by linebacker Elliot Sperling also helped Newman wrap up the victory.
Guin gets record
Haughton rallied from a 14-0 deficit to notch a 51-28 win over Fair Park on Friday, a win that gave HHS coach Rodney Guin his school-record 103rd win.
Northwestern State commitment James Almond helped lead Haughton by completing 12 of 14 passes for 242 yards and three TDs. Jarrod Craft returned a kickoff 99 yards for HHS.
Bastrop High quarterback Jaetarius “J-Man” Davis pulled off a double play of his own in the Rams’ 37-23 win over Rayville.
Davis passed for 215 yards and three TDs for eighth-ranked Bastrop of Class 4A. He also finished with 187 rushing yards and two more TDs.
Seizing the spotlight
Running back Nigel Dora made the most of his chance to start at tailback for Monroe-based Ouachita in its high-profile game with Class 2A Evangel Christian.
Dora, who stepped in for injured starter Dearius Rollins, tallied 170 yards on 26 carries as the Lions claimed 52-27 victory. Ouachita (4-1) is now ranked fifth in Class 5A.
What’s the best way to roll up 388 yards rushing? Do what unranked Avoyelles, of Class 3A, did last week.
The Mustangs used the running of two backs, Johntrell White and Dravon Batiste, to compile the majority of the yardage in a 46-35 victory over Tioga.
Batiste finished with 144 yards on 28 carries and scored three TDs. Batiste now has 1,003 yards and 18 TDs, along with an average of more than 11 yards per carry. White added 125 yards on 21 carries and scored one TD.