Saturday, October 19, 2013
D-III Game of the Week: Newport Takes Care of Business 38-16 Over Newfound
NH Notebook makes its first ever visit to Newport to cover the visiting Newfound Bears and the Newport Tigers. This was a trap game for the Tigers who are trying to make the playoffs in division 3 but have 2 very tough games to end the season.
Next week the Stevens Cardinals of Claremont come to town in a good old backyard brawl rivalry between to schools that are 5 miles apart and have been playing each other since the days of leather helmets. Newport finishes the season going on the road to Mascoma which will probably be a win to get in scenario for both teams.
Larry Carle, the experienced head coach for Newport knew that the Bears had a couple very good players that have the potential to create problems for the Tigers if his squad was looking past this game to the big rivalry game coming up next week.
Newport uses a group of running backs in their Wing T offensive attack but the 2 backs that get the bulk of the carries are sophomore fullback #34 CJ Lawrence and sophomore wingback #28 Noah Wade. The future is bright for the Tigers with 2 young quality backs. A third runner in their attack #24 junior Taner Sherman after a few carries in the 1st half had to leave the game with an apparent concussion.
Lawrence got the Tigers on the board with an 8 yard run for a touchdown on Newport's second possession. A missed extra point gave the Tigers an early 6-0 lead. The Tigers pushed the lead to 12-0 with #5 Derek Pare, another young Tiger running back scoring on a 6 yard run.
The Tigers have a stable of running backs but the back that the opposing defense can't take their eyes off is the young Wade. With less than 2 minutes to go in the half and Newport content in running the clock out Wade brings the Newport crowd to their feet with a terrific 74 yard off tackle run to the end zone, putting the Tigers up 18-0. Wade is not big but he has the quickness and break away speed that make him a threat from anywhere on the field. Noah had a great day with 169 yards with 3 touchdowns rushing and in the 2nd half he had another score on a catch in the flat from Tiger quarterback #17 junior Thomas Hogan that Wade turned into a 67 yard touchdown.
Newfound could have rolled over and left quietly. They may not half the depth needed to be a playoff contender but they do have some weapons on offense that can make plays. Quarterback junior #7 Jared Dearborn runs the pistol no huddle offense. He can beat you with his legs or his arm. Dearborn hit #5 senior Devin Fields who took a short pass and broke a couple of tackles going 50 yards to get the Bears on the board before halftime.
Newfound made it interesting in the 3rd quarter when the Bears fullback #39 senior Tyler Maviki scored from 9 yards out and Dearborn ran in the 2 point conversion closing the Newport lead to 24-16. Dearborn, Fields, Maviki all can make plays but with the exception of #71 John Maviki, Tyler's brother the Bears don't have enough depth to compete against playoff caliber teams. John Maviki is only a junior but he is a real force on the defensive side of the ball. John is one of better defensive lineman in D3.
The Wade catch and run in the 3rd quarter pushed the lead to 32-16. The Tigers added another score by Wade in the 4th quarter to finish with a 38-16 victory.
Newport took care of business and now can get ready for the backyard brawl with Stevens. The future is very bright for coach Carle's team. They are young and talented. They maybe a year away from being a championship contender but the next 2 weeks will be a great test for the young Tiger team.