The No. 2-seeded Chaminade High Eagles rolled over Morro Bay 61-7 in a Friday quarterfinal game of the CIF-Southern Section Western Division playoffs.
The Pirates, coming off a 1-9 season last year, looked to shock the heavily favored Eagles (11-1), but Chaminade was too big and too athletic behind a punishing offensive line and elusive running back Terrell Newby.
Newby is a four-star recruit according to ESPN and has received offers from nearly every major college football program on the West Coast including Oregon and UCLA, and also has an offer from Nebraska.
Wearing No. 34 in Chaminade’s Chicago Bears-inspired uniform, Newby aims to resemble a reincarnated Walter Payton, the late legendary Bears and Hall of Fame running back. With his multiple broken tackles seemingly every time he touched the ball, the resemblance was there.
“Payton’s always been one of my idols,” Newby said. “Ever since I was young I watched old films of him and I just try to emulate him. He’s one of the reasons I got into football.”
Newby has not made a decision for next year and says he plans on making his official visits in December and reaching a college decision shortly afterward.
Newby finished with 145 yards and four touchdowns on just 10 carries. He did not play after his fourth touchdown at the beginning of the third quarter when the game’s result was beyond doubt to rest up for next week’s semifinal game.
Chaminade finished with 320 rushing yards on 18 carries and three more touchdowns. J.T. Hill finished with 84 yards and a touchdown on three carries.
“I have the utmost respect for Morro Bay and their program. They played with a lot of discipline,” Chaminade coach Ed Croson said. “Everything just went our way.
“The field was nice. The weather was good. Our special teams performed. It was everything you could hope for.”
Chaminade scored a defensive touchdown when defensive end Corey Harris intercepted an attempted screen pass by Pirates. quarterback Jordan Bray. The Eagles also scored a special teams touchdown when Morro Bay attempted a 35-yard field goal near the end of the first half, but it was blocked and the ball shot back near midfield where Cory Watkins returned it for a touchdown.
The Eagles also blocked a punt on the first play of the second quarter, setting up Newby’s 2-yard touchdown, his third of the game.
Bray led Morro Bay (8-4) with 156 yards on 19 carries, including three runs for 20 yards or more. Jake Beavers was held to 40 yards on 20 carries but scored a 1-yard touchdown with six minutes left in the fourth for the Pirates’ only score of the game.
“Due to injuries, we were mixing and matching on the offensive line, but couldn’t get anything going due to their physicality,” Morro Bay coach Jack Greer said. “But without a doubt, this team was a pleasure to coach. The camaraderie is always there. We always go out to the pizza parlor afterwards, win or lose.”