By Brian Kalish
October 25, 2019
WESTON– D.C. Everest’s athletic department and maintenance crew might want to get together on Monday morning at Stiehm Stadium to make sure all of the electronics at the football field are functioning properly. Because at the rate the Newman Cardinals were scoring in their WIAA Level 1 tilt with Marion/Tigerton on Friday night, it would hardly be a surprise if some of the internal circuitry of the scoreboard had melted.
It was that kind of night for the Cardinals.
Newman took complete control of the game from the outset, scoring 34 points in the first quarter and all 56 of their points before halftime in an absolute clinic that resulted in a 56-14 victory.
The Cardinals, now 10-0, advance to Level 2 where they will meet up with the Gibralter.
Gibralter had better be ready.
“We executed,” said Newman coach Paul Michlig. “We knew if we executed we would be okay. To be honest with you, this is what you hope for and expect. That’s what we were practicing for this week. If you put your A game out there and execute, well, we’re a pretty good team.”
The Cardinals took the posture of the aggressor on their first drive.
On a fourth and seven at the 43 yard line, Newman had no intention of punting and playing the field position game. Instead, they converted the fourth down on a Ben Bates pass to Charlie McCarty, followed by a 13-yard touchdown pass from Bates to Joe Stephan to take a 7-0 lead.
That was just a sign of things to come.
Bates tossed his second touchdown of the game to his brother Thomas, a 69-yard scoring strike, and the rout was on.
“When Ben hit me on that out-and-up route, that really got things going,” said Thomas Bates. “I think that put a little juice in us.”
Ben Bates finished the game 13-17 through the air for 227 yards and five touchdowns.
Meanwhile Thomas Bates, a freshman, proved he wasn’t a one trick pony. In addition to his receiving touchdown, he added two rushing touchdowns, one from 57 yards out and another from three yards out.
The younger Bates was impressive, rushing for 115 yards and two scores, but Newman put its other offensive weapons on display as well.
Junior receiver Charlie McCarty got into the action with 124 receiving yards and two touchdowns. One was from 29 yards out, while the second was a 32-yard strike from Bates.
“We were just trying to have a fast tempo,” McCarty said. “We were lining up fast, getting to the line and trying to catch them off guard a little bit. That was the game plan and it worked.”
So what kind of trust does McCarty have in his quarterback?
“I don’t think I’ve gotten a bad ball from him all season,” McCarty said.
Marion/Tigerton had one bright spot in the first half when they got a 78-yard rushing touchdown to get the goose egg off the scoreboard.
But at that point, with the Cardinals leading 49-8, the game had pretty much already been decided.
Newman enjoyed a running clock for the entirety of the second half.
“The kids came out and did what they needed to do,” said Michlig. “And honestly, going 9-0 (in the regular season) gave them the opportunity to be in this spot. What we learned today is we stayed true to what our game plan was. So that means we’re following through on what we’re supposed to do coming into game week. That’s what I got out of today more than anything.”
Thomas Bates said that the team will use this win as a stepping stone as they prepare for their Level 2 opponent.
“We’re looking forward to getting in a good week of practice this week and getting it done again next week,” Bates said.