NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - From Jay Tyler, to Myles Lapeyre, and now Martin Butcher, the Newman Greenies QB tree is robust. The man behind their success, Newman Head Coach Nelson Stewart.
"I've always tried to develop the offense around that individual. Each offense has been different," said Newman Head Coach Nelson Stewart. "You get in a Jay Tyler era where you can fully open it up. In terms of that's where the RPO's (Run-pass-option) came in. Then Myles Lapeyre, a sprint out guy. He could do it all vertically, and intermediate. Then with Martin Butcher, who's such a precision passer, and has a lot of freedom at the line of scrimmage. We develop them in middle school, we I.D. them early. We try to work those guys through, so hopefully after J.V. schedule they're ready to go."
This is the moment where the Manning's step up, OBJ (Odell Beckham, Jr.), Jay Tyler, and Kendall Bussey. Those are the big names in the past, now Butcher is next.
"I've been thinking about that all year to be honest. Not just one particular game. I've always been thinking about those great names all season," said quarterback Martin Butcher.
Newman finished the regular season undefeated for the first time since the Eli Manning era. With a No. 2 seed in the playoffs, the Greenies got a bye last week. So could all this down time in between games be a detriment to their future success, Stewart says not a chance.
"In regards to focus, we've put these guys in a lot of tough situations. They've gone to Berwick, Assumption, where you had to win in two nights. Riverside, Country Day, so it's a pretty seasoned group. I think this is where maturity sets in. This is where we tell the kids it's the state quarterfinals, not the opening round of the playoffs. To go somewhere you've never been before, I think you can't be overconfident. We spent a season chasing history, now we're trying to make history. 10-0 is behind us, now it's the second season," said Stewart.
Newman has yet to make it to the state championship game in the Superdome, but have made the state semifinals three times. The first time they made the state semifinals was way back in 1991. The quarterback on that team, Peyton Manning. On his offensive line, FOX 8's Lee Zurik.
The Greenies host St. Thomas Aquinas tonight at Lupin Field.