RIVERVIEW — If Jesuit needed a measuring stick to judge how the program compares to the rest of the Class 4A-District 9 teams, it has a pretty good picture now after a landslide victory against Spoto.
Behind the strong running of Kevin Newman, Jesuit (3-3, 1-0) showed why it’s the favorite to win the district.
It didn’t take long for Newman to make his presence known. From the opening snap, the junior running back simply pounded the ball between the tackles and allowed the offensive line to dominate the smaller Spartans’ (0-6, 0-1) defensive front. Newman finished with 87 rushing yards and four touchdowns all in the first half before handing the job over to the backups.
Not only was Newman a pain for Spoto, but also quarterback Vincent Testaverde. He too only played in the first half as he hit 11 of 13 passes and threw a TD.
Jesuit’s defense forced 13 plays for negative yardage and a turnover.
Despite the loss, Spoto’s Kevin Hobley turned in a solid performance with 115 passing yards and two touchdown passes.
Jesuit 7 21 14 7 — 49
Spoto 0 0 8 8 — 16
J — Newman 13 pass from Testaverde (Waldron kick)
J — Newman 1 run (Waldron kick)
J — Newman 2 run (Waldron kick)
J — Newman 17 run (Waldron kick)
S — Sims 17 pass from Hobley (Sims pass from Hobley)
J — Paulsen 62 pass from Wessel (Waldron kick)
J — Davis 2 run (Wamsley kick)
J — Curry-Jester 24 pass from Eveld (Wamsley kick)
S — Dicks 80 pass from Hobley (Hobley run)