Football Playoffs Preview

On Friday, November 3, the Newman football team became the third football team in school history to go undefeated with a 48-20 win against South Plaquemines. Quarterback Martin Butcher ended a great season with a 238 yard and four touchdown performance, with notable receiving performances from Dylon Hill (five catches for 72 yards) and Murray Calhoun (six catches for 74 yards and a touchdown). James Poche also contributed a great deal on the ground with 107 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Overall, the Greenies finished the season, like they had done all year, with a very strong performance.

Before the playoffs begin, let’s look back at the individual performances of some of the Newman players this season. Martin Butcher finished second out of all passers in the metro area with 2,447 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions in the regular season. James Poche finished at number 12 out of all running backs, ending in the top two in touchdowns (22). The receivers also played a huge part in Newman’s success; all starters were distinguished on the list of the top 50 receivers in the metro area: Murray Calhoun (7), Dylon Hill (14), Storey Charbonnet (43), and Jarmone Sutherland (46). Overall, Newman ended the regular season ranked number 2 in Class 3A and hope to end their season with a victory in the Superdome.

Their perfect record earned the team a first-round bye in the playoffs, along with home-field advantage for this week’s game. This Friday, November 17, Newman will play St. Thomas Aquinas, who finished their season 7-4. Several Newman players have displayed confidence in the team’s abilities for this first round matchup, and that confidence is matched by writers at Both Jim Derry and Amos Morale III of the Times-Picayune have the Greenies ending their season in the state championship in the Superdome. The Greenies have had a historic season, and it will be interesting to see how far they can make in this year’s Class 3A playoffs.