By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
BELDEN – A big part of Tupelo Christian’s game plan involved slowing down Marcel Newson. That didn’t happen.
The senior southpaw passed for 109 yards and two touchdowns and added another score on the ground – all in the first half – as Coldwater rolled over TCPS on Friday night, 46-14.
Newson completed two passes all night, one an 83-yarder to Shadre Jackson and the other a 26-yard strike to Devonta Newson, both in the first quarter to stake a 14-0 lead for the Cougars (3-0).
“The kid’s a great athlete,” first-year TCPS coach Shaune Holiday said. “Some of it was him being able to scramble around like that, and the other part was us just not being where we’re supposed to be at.”
The game began ominously for the Eagles (0-3). They blocked a punt on Coldwater’s first possession, but Marcel Newson scooped it up in the end zone and scrambled for a first down. On the next play, he hit Jackson for the 83-yard TD.
Newson’s next touchdown came just over two minutes later.
“When he’s clicking the offense is clicking, because he’s a triple threat,” Coldwater coach Antwoine Wellington said. “We’ve got a running back coming across to give him a play fake, we’ve got him coming back to the other side. We’ve got the counter, then we’ve got the pass.
“We have a triple threat when we have it working right.”
Coldwater scored 32 points in the second quarter to put the game out of reach, taking advantage of some big defensive plays. Jackson returned an interception 59 yards for a score, and then after a three-and-out by the Eagles, Jordan Robinson broke off a 57-yard TD run for a 38-0 lead.
On the final play of the half, Robinson scrambled back a good 30 yards before finding Devonta Roberts for a 20-yard score and 46-0 lead.
Tailback Zachary Tybor led TCPS with 95 yards on 21 carries. The Eagles netted 131 total yards, while Coldwater had 310.
“Two games in a row we’ve been down big in the third and fourth quarter, and we keep battling and we keep putting points on the board,” Holiday said. “It’s a building process. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and most good football teams aren’t built in a day.”