Newman Head Coach Nelson Stewart appears to be making all the right play calls early in the season. The Greenies are undefeated, but Stewart cautions that the schedule is about to get amped up.
“When you have Vandebilt Catholic, that's your sole focus,” he said. “Looking at the film and getting ready it's obvious we're going to have to play our best. They have our total focus. We're fortunate to be 3-0 the past four years, that's nice. Junior-senior laden team, good ambitions, high hopes for themselves.”
Newman hasn't won a state football title in school history. They've made the semifinals three times, but getting the ultimate prize is a systematic goal.
“Yeah it's always a goal,” Stewart said. “The thing about football state championships, no question it's the hardest one. There's so many moving parts, 11 kids on the field. You have to build a program at middle school, junior varsity, in terms of weight training. We've put ourselves in a position to do that. My motto is dream big, focus small. That will always be our dream, and we've come close.”
A little fuel for Newman's fire on Friday night - they'll be the homecoming opponent for Vandebilt Catholic. Coach Stewart said he's never had that happen before as head coach.
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