NEW ORLEANS – It was a night of blunders for Assumption during Friday’s nondistrict football game against Newman on Friday.
The Mustangs turned the ball over six times in a 42-26 loss to the Greenies at Michael Lupin Field.
Newman’s offense took advantage of good field position all night due to Assumption’s turnovers. Newman led 21-6 in the first quarter and later took a 35-12 advantage at halftime.
Murray Calhoun led Newman (8-1 overall) with seven catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns against the Mustangs. Calhoun broke Newman's record for receptions with 145, breaking a previous mark held by Odell Beckham Jr. Martin Butcher passed for 269 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for another score.
Despite allowing just 45 rushing yards, Assumption coach Anthony Paine said the Mustangs couldn’t overcome the turnovers. Assumption (7-2 overall) also committed eight penalties, threw three interceptions and had three fumbles.
“Turnovers killed us,” Paine said. “You can’t beat anybody with six turnovers. We shut down their run game. They couldn’t run the ball on us, but we gave them short fields on turnovers. It made it a lot more difficult, especially against a quality team like Newman.”
Senior linebacker Jarius Tassin scored Assumption’s first touchdown on an 87-yard interception return for a touchdown to put the Mustangs ahead 6-0 early.
Jayden Tyler caught on a long touchdown pass for the Mustangs, while Tyran Cassie scored two touchdown runs and Javis Stewart added a score.
Paine said the Mustangs played better in the second half, but it was too little too late.
“We made some adjustments,” Paine said. “In the second half, we scored three times and they only scored once, so obviously I’m proud of our kids for the way they continued to fight throughout the course of the game even though we dug ourselves into a deep hole at halftime.”
The Mustangs will close their regular season with a road trip to District 7-4A rival Morgan City on Nov. 2. If Assumption wins, they will clinch the outright district title and secure a first-round home game in the Class 4A state playoffs.
“Our goals are still out in front of us," Paine said. "We still have a shot at a home playoff game and a district title. They will have both of those opportunities next week. I’m proud of our kids for the way they continued to fight.”
-- The Baton Rouge Advocate contributed to this report