Red Devils tame Warriors
Coming strong off a win and a bye week, the West Caldwell Warriors were stopped in their tracks Friday night at Newton-Conover, losing to the Red Devils 47-7.
Newton-Conover controlled the game from the very start, when standout running back Nick Baker returned the Warriors’ opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. And Baker would become a common theme for the Red Devils throughout the night, rushing for 127 yards on 10 carries.
When asked what happened on the field, West Caldwell Head Coach Kyle Dunn answered, “Newton-Conover.”
“You can evaluate it 1,000 ways if you want, but they outplayed us from
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the first snap,” Dunn said. “I’m not going to over analyze.”
After getting the ball back after Baker’s touchdown, the Red Devils kicked a surprise onside, something they would threaten with every kickoff the rest of the night, but after their first offensive play went for 36 yards and a first down, Newton-Conover fumbled and gave the ball right back to West.
But that wouldn’t be enough. The Warriors were able to string together a decent drive before punting back to the Red Devils after seven plays. Once back in possession, it took Newton-Conover just five plays to get back in the end zone.
West was able to string together a strong drive after the touchdown, but turned the ball over after eight plays and nearly 50 yards, giving Newton Conover the ball to start a drive that saw five first downs and ended in an 11-yard touchdown run by Baker.
The rest of the first half followed much the same trend, with the Warriors ending their last four possessions in the first half with a punt, a turnover and two interceptions to go into halftime down 35-0.
West received the ball to start the third quarter, but punted on a three-and-out, giving the ball back to the Red Devils, who took it to the end zone in just six plays, to increase their lead to 41-0 early in the third.
The Warriors were able to string together a 13-play drive that ended in a disappointing interception from a tipped pass by Dylan West, which gave Newton-Conover the opportunity they needed, answering right back with a quick six-play, three-first down drive ending in a touchdown that would be the last of the night, topping off a precipitous 47-0 lead at the end of the third.
The Warrior offense was finally able to put together a successful drive at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but owes it in part to Newton-Conover, after an interception was called back due to a roughing the passer penalty near the end zone kept possession with West Caldwell.
That play would be the last of the night for West, who left the game with bruised ribs, Dunn said. West went to get X-Rays, “just to rule some stuff out,” but Dunn said he doesn’t expect anything serious.
After play resumed, it took only three plays for the Warriors to finally breach the goal line, with fullback Keenan Dula pushing through the defensive line for a one-yard touchdown with 7:41 left in the game, breaking West’s goose egg and putting the score at 47-7, where it would end.
The West Caldwell Warriors will play Bandys High School next week at 7:30 p.m. at West Caldwell High School.
NEWTON CONOVER 47, WEST CALDWELL 7
First Downs, ^13^17
WEST CALDWELL^0^0^0^7 – 7
NEWTON CONOVER^14^21^12^0 – 47
NC — Nick Baker 95 kick return (2pt conversion no good) 11:44
NC — Tre’ Clark 1 run (2pt run by Blake Roberts good) 5:49
NC — Nick Baker 11 run (2pt conversion no good) 10:49
NC — Cameron Stanley 25 pass to Tyrell Fleming (2pt fumble, recovered in end zone for good) 4:36
NC — Cameron Stanley 29 pass to Tyrell Fleming (Gustavo Loza kick good) 2:11
NC — Stanley 13 pass to Baker (Loza kick no good) 8:35
NC — Jaquell Stewart 5 run (Franklin Wepner kick no good) 0:13
WC — Keenan Dula 1 run (Grayson Barnette kick good) 7:41
RUSHING — West Caldwell: Haden Hagaman 7-16, Dylan West 15-69, David Denison 2-5, Malik Wiley 1-4, Clay West 2-3, Fred Horton 2-(-2), Herman Tate 3-21, Amani Banner 1-4, Keenan Dula 4-14, Dayton Helton 1-(-2), Marquel Jackson 2-37, Titus Tucker 3-11. Newton-Conover: Nick Baker 10-127, Tyrell Fleming 2-5, Tre’ Clark 1-1, Blake Roberts 8-68, Cameron Stanley 4-39, Alex Johnson 2-17, Jaquell Stewart 1-5, Shyheim Gore 3-7, Jake Hayman 1-4.
PASSING — West Caldwell: Dylan West 8-15-3, 39 yards; Titus Tucker 0-3-0 0 yards. Newton-Conover: Cameron Stanley 9-13-0, 156 yards.
RECEIVING — West Caldwell: Denison 2-8, Amani Banner 1-14, Hagaman 2-8, Kyle Bennett, 1-1, Phillip Ward 1-9, Nathaniel Kale 1-(-1). Newton-Conover: Tyrell Fleming 4-109, Josh Ramseur 2-13, Anthony Clontz 1-4, Alex Johnson 1-17.