Fulton said Stepina is a hard runner to tackle, making him an even bigger threat in the open field. He said his team tried to contain him.
“He's an incredible athlete,” Fulton said. “(Casey-Westfield) plays some of the lesser teams on their side of the conference. He'll probably just name his yardage, whatever he wants to get.”
Sullivan also gave credit to his quarterback's offensive line for opening up the holes for him to run for five touchdowns. The line helped running back Austin Glidewell to a 116-yard game, too.
“(Stepina) is making spectacular plays, but he has blockers, too,” Sullivan said. “His offensive line was working its butt off.”
One the other side of the ball, Casey-Westfield's defensive line shut off Newton's running game after giving up a first quarter touchdown to Newton's Allen Taylor that tied the game 7-7 to end the quarter.
Newton's running game, an important part of its offense, didn't have room to make plays as the Eagles went three-and-out multiple times in the second half.
“They wore us down,” Fulton said. “We ended up with some third-and-mediums we couldn't convert.”
Sullivan said he told his team to focus on Huston, who is Newton's 6-foot-2 and 210-pound running back. The defense held Huston to six rushing yards and and 24 receiving.
Newton falls to 0-2 with the loss, though Fulton said he liked his team's effort much better than the first game of the season. The Eagles' next game will be at home against Flora on Friday.
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Passing: Stepina (CW) 5/7, 66 yards, 0 TD; Mammoser (N) 10/17, 90 yards, 1 INTRushing: Stepina (CW) 13 carries, 174 yards, 5 TD; A Glidewell (CW) 13 carries, 116 yards, 1 TD; Taylor (N) 16 carries, 30 yards, 1 TDReceiving: Murphy (CW) 2 catches, 42 yards; Angel (N) 4 catches, 48 yardsDefense: Thompson (CW) 7.5 tackles, 1 tackle for loss; Murphy (CW) 5.5 tackles; Lewis (N) 7 tackles