BROKEN ARROW — Chances are, Kaizer Newell won’t soon forget homecoming during his senior year at Broken Arrow High School.
Newell tallied touchdowns as a running back and receiver on offense then capped his night with an 80-yard fumble return on defense for a touchdown in the top-ranked and unbeaten Tigers’ 69-10 blowout of Westmoore in a District 6AI-1 contest Friday night at Memorial Stadium.
“It was a pretty picturesque homecoming for me,” Newell said. “I scored three TDs tonight. Normally, I might score once in a game. It’s exciting. To have as many fans as we had here tonight makes it special.”
Noah Cortes added four touchdowns for the Tigers (6-0, 3-0) while rushing for a game-high 193 yards as Broken Arrow amassed 288 yards on the ground.
Broken Arrow rolled to a 28-0 advantage by midway through the second quarter before Westmoore (4-2, 2-1) managed to notch 10 points.
But the Tigers responded with a pair of touchdowns in the final 1:36 of the first half to take a 42-10 advantage into halftime.
Newell, who starts as a defensive end, also is used on short-yardage and passing situations on offense.
His 1-yard run with 24 seconds left in the second quarter gave the Tigers their final points of the first half.
Through six games, the Tigers have now outscored opponents 179-34 in the opening two quarters.
Newell added his second touchdown hauling in a 9-yard pass from quarterback Tate Robards for Broken Arrow’s first points of the second half.
His fumble return for a touchdown put an exclamation point on the one-sided contest with 9:19 to play.
While the Tigers’ offense has received plenty of attention having tallied 268 points in just 6 contests (44.4 points a game), Newell thinks the team’s defense has really come into its own.
BA’s defensive unit has surrendered just 66 points this season (11.0 points per game).
“Coming into the season, I didn’t know how quickly the defense would bond, but it didn’t take long at all,” Newell said.
The Tigers defense limited Westmoore quarterback Dayton Wolfe to just 37 yards rushing on 18 carries and one touchdown pass. Wolfe had entered the game with 19 touchdowns on the season (14 passing, 5 rushing).