If the Seminole Chieftains are going far in the playoffs, the legs of Trenton Newson are certainly helping them get there.
Newson exploded for a school-record 324 yards and four touchdowns on just 13 carries, leading the undefeated Chieftains past Plainview, 52-14, and into the Class 3A state quarterfinals Friday night.
“I never thought I would be able to do it. It’s an honor,” Newson said of breaking the record.
The news came as a surprise even to the talented senior, who wagered he might have rushed for about 270 yards before being informed of his unofficial total.
“He has been like that during the course of the year,” Seminole head coach Mike Snyder said of Newson, who ran for 157 yards and two scores in the first quarter alone. “He is a classic. I can’t say enough about how hard he runs for us. He’s having a stellar senior year.”
Newson’s record-setting night was part of a massive offensive outburst for the Chieftains (11-0), who racked up 553 yards on the night.
The Chieftain defense forced two turnovers and limited the Indians (9-3) to 128 yards on 37 carries, and just 245 total yards until a 90-yard garbage-time touchdown pass with 29 seconds remaining in the game.
“It was going to take a really huge effort by our defense to stop that run game,” Snyder said. “That was probably one of the best plans we’ve put together and executed in a long time.”
Seminole’s defense shined most of all in the red zone. After surrendering a touchdown in the Indians’ first foray inside the 20-yard line, the Chieftains kept Plainview out of the end zone on their next three red-zone trips.
The Indians finished just 1-of-4 for their red-zone trips on the night.
Seminole’s Papi White chipped in 62 yards on eight carries and a receiving touchdown. Sophomore signal caller Doc Harvey did a great job managing the game, throwing for 91 yards and a score on 6-of-8 passing and added 30 yards on nine rushes.
Junior Plainview quarterback Taber Jordan finished with 207 yards on 11-of-23 passing with one touchdown and one interception. Running back trio James Bowker, Brandon Nowell and Austin Carrera combined for 107 yards on 18 carries. Chase Brooks led the Indians in receiving with 106 yards and a touchdown.
Seminole advances to play Metro Christian in a quarterfinal matchup at 7:30 p.m. next Friday. Metro Christian advanced thanks to a 42-14 decision over Keys (Park Hill) Friday.
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Snyder stressed that a goal every year for the Chieftains is to practice on Thanksgiving, and after Newson’s big night, Seminole has plenty to be thankful for.
But Newson knows there’s more to winning state titles than just one game.
“We have to work hard in practice every day and take no days off,” Newson said. “Leave no doubt.”