Quarterback Casey Freeman completed 17-of-22 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns while running for another as the Newcastle raced past the Sulphur Bulldogs, 28-6, Friday night in the first round of the Class 3A football playoffs.
Freeman hooked up with Glenn Cerny on a 56-yard scoring pass in the second quarter and Zach Bergt on a 6-yarder late in the game. Freeman also finished with 69 yards rushing on only six carries and scored off a 3-yard run in the second period.
Bergt finished with 95 yards rushing on 19 attempts and scored off a 12-yard run in the first quarter. He also caught a pair of passes for 12 yards.
Freeman completed passes to 10 different receivers in the contest.
Sulphur’s only score came in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run by quarterback Ryan Rackley, who finished with 122 yards rushing on 28 tries.
Nick Magruder added 62 yards on only three carries for the Bulldogs, and Tanner Watson netted 42 yards on eight attempts. Watson also caught a pair of passes for 10 yards.
Defensively for Sulphur, Ray Trent and Trevor Venegas recovered a fumble.
The Bulldogs, who ended the season at 5-6, fell victims to four turnovers – three interceptions and a lost fumble – in the contest.
The Racers had a 372-249 advantage in total yards. Only 20 of Sulphur’s yards came through the air.
Talihina topples Stratford
TALIHINA – The Stratford Bulldogs committed five turnovers and saw seventh-ranked Talihina jump on them early in the first round of the Class A state football playoffs.
Quarterback Alan Lockhart completed 14-of-16 passes for 165 yards and four touchdowns as Talihina hammered Stratford, 47-7.
Lockhart threw TD passes of 33, 25, 14 and 2 yards as Talihina rolled up 429 yards of offense, 264 of which came on the ground. Lockhart hooked up with Logan Hillebrand on scoring passes of 33 and 2 yards and connected with Preston Derby on a 25-yard TD toss and Bryar Humphreys on a 14-yard touchdown pass.
Humphreys also had a 29-yard scoring run in the first quarter, and teammate Marcus Baker had a 4-yard TD run in the fourth.
“Talihina is a good team with a lot of great speed, and they just got on us early,” said Stratford head coach Michael Blackburn. “I was proud of the season the guys put together. We will miss the seniors and have a lot of young guys that we expect to work hard. If they will, we plan to see good things from them in the future.”
The Bulldogs, who ended the season at 6-5, didn’t get on the board until the fourth quarter on a 3-yard run by senior Montie Thomas, who finished with 76 yards rushing on 16 carries.
Stratford threw three interceptions and lost two fumbles in finishing with just 187 yards of offense, 151 which came in the rushing department.
Defensively for the Bulldogs, senior Jacob Compton led the way with 14 tackles and sophomore Matthew Whitebuffalo ended up with 11. Junior Eli Savage had a fumble recovery.