Football: Newman uses second-half surge to bury Sherrard
SHERRARD – Newman could have beaten Sherrard without working too hard.
The Comets came out of halftime with renewed urgency and showed the kind of play that will make them contenders once the state playoffs start in 2 weeks.
Newman beat Sherrard 49-6, scoring three touchdowns in the opening 9 minutes of the second half.
The Blue Machine forced four Sherrard (3-5) turnovers, and amassed 321 yards on the ground to pound home the running-clock win.
Jake Snow rushed for 142 yards and scored three times, while Elliot Jensen scored a pair of touchdowns and also hauled in an interception. Jensen’s interception set up his touchdown, the first of the game and the only score in the first quarter.
Snow scored to open the second quarter, and Jensen’s touchdown midway through the frame gave Newman (7-1) a 21-0 lead and enough breathing room to take it easy. Only a minute later, though, Sherrard’s Jake Kissner rumbled 59 yards for a touchdown.
That woke up Newman and, six plays later, they were back on the scoreboard with Snow’s second touchdown, a 7-yard run.
Snow added another 7-yarder a couple of minutes into the second half. Quarterback AJ Sharp fell forward from the 1, and Dillan Heffelfinger scored from the 4 for the last two scores of the game.
Defensively, it was Trevor Bolin who made the biggest splash, though, as he recovered a pair of forced fumbles and also picked off a Clayton Bjustrom pass.
“We were practicing dropping back on defense and were playing a lot of 7-on-7 this week to be prepared,” Bolin said. “When you play hard and do what you’re told to do, good things happen.”
A lot of good things happened Friday, especially in the second half, as what had been a ho-hum kind of game for Newman turned into a blowout.
“We looked kind of flat until we came out in the second half,” Newman coach Mike Pappocia said. “[The second half], that’s what we’re capable of.
“I think in the first half, the kids just thought, ‘This one is over,’ but we can’t play like that.”
On the four Tiger possessions in the second half, Newman got the Bolin pick down to Sherrard’s 4, forced a four-and-out, caused a fumble, and stopped Sherrard inside the Comets’ 10 as the clock ticked to zero.
“We’re rolling pretty good right now,” Pappocia said.
The Comets have won seven straight games since losing to Rockridge in Week 1, and are setting things up for a long November run.