Chaminade tailback Terrell Newby, one of the top every down backs in Southern California, is accustomed to carrying the load all night and wearing down opposing defenses late in the game.
But the senior running back only rushed 16 times against Harvard-Westlake on Friday night. The good news is that half the time he carried the ball, he found his way into the end zone.
“He has great personal habits in terms of being a great practice player. I mean he wears the number 34 and we look like the Chicago Bears and [Walter Payton] is his idol,” Chaminade head coach Ed Croson said. “I think he has some of those characteristics, the go hard every step. I tell him to go out of bounds and he will stay in bounds no matter what.”
Newby had the type of performance that will live in Chaminade lore for years to come. The type of game that he will one day tell his grandchildren about, and they will all roll their eyes thinking that grandpa is exaggerating again, when he recounts the time he rushed for 360 yards and eight touchdowns on just 16 carries.
“When I break away for a long run I zone everything else out and everything starts to go slow and I see things a little better,” Newby said. “It’s a great feeling when you are running down the field.”
The talented tailback said that he once scored seven touchdowns as an 11-year-old in Pop Warner, but he, like most everyone else in the world, had never scored eight touchdowns in a single game before.
“I have to give credit to a lot of people throughout this whole week of preparation, especially our coaching staff,” said Newby. “Everything that we saw on film we saw out here on the field so it wasn’t really a surprise.”
And just to be clear, this amazing performance didn’t happen against a team that no one has ever heard of. This wasn’t an SEC team crushing an overmatched foe in the second week of the college football season. This was against a Studio City (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake team that had won six straight games and was tied for first in the tough Mission League.
The 5-10, 180-pound tailback led Chaminade to a 50-20 halftime lead with seven first half touchdowns. His first carry of the second half was more of the same, as he raced through the defense for a 79-yard score - and from that point on Newby got the rest of the night off.
“We had anticipated throwing the ball more but we were just scoring so fast,” said Chaminade head coach Ed Croson, after the 78-34 win.
Newby currently has double-digit scholarship offers and has serious interest in Cal, Nebraska, Oregon and Washington. He has also started talking more with the UCLA coaches, and likes what he has been hearing.
“I have been talking to Coach Broussard, he’s a good guy. He was on me pretty hot before they had a commit, but then they slowed down, but recently it has picked up. I have shown interest in them and they have shown interest back so I will probably be out there for a few games.”
After Friday’s performance Newby will undoubtedly hear from several coaches from around the country. He doesn’t have a date set but said his next official visit will be to Oregon.