WEST HILLS -- Chaminade running back Terrell Newby scored a career-high five touchdowns in his team’s 41-21 win over Venice at Chaminade High School on Friday night.
Newby gained 269 yards in 27 carries and continually pounded the Venice defense with bruising runs.
Newby’s biggest gain of the game came on his last carry. Chaminade coach Ed Croson, with his team up 35-21 in the fourth quarter, was trying to run out the clock. He sent in his goalline unit with Newby in the backfield. Newby broke off a 63-yard touchdown run with a little under three minutes to play.
“We pulled the plug at the beginning of the fourth quarter,” Croson said. “It got a little ragged. We didn’t plan on that.”
The Chaminade offense looked a little shaky in the first half. Newby scored two touchdowns, one on a five-yard run and the other on a 13-yard run, but Venice kept it close.
Dayrian Clark intercepted a pass from Chaminade quarterback Logan Scott that slipped out of his hand and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown.
Chaminade (1-0), the No. 20 team in the ESPNLA top 25 rankings, went into halftime with a 13-7 lead with Newby carrying the load. He rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. While the Chaminade offense struggled in the first half, the Eagles' defense shined. They held Venice to -5 rushing yards on seven carries in the first half.
Chaminade broke the game open in the third quarter. Scott hit Elijah Dunston with a 30-yard touchdown pass midway through the quarter. Newby added his third touchdown of the game on a 7-yard run with a little under four minutes in the quarter.
Chaminade went up 35-7 on a 5-yard touchdown run by Newby in the fourth quarter.
That was when Venice (1-1) mounted a bit of a comeback.
Gabriel Marks returned a kickoff 99 yards to cut the lead to 35-14. Sophomore quarterback Alexander Diamont made it 35-21 with a touchdown pass to Lamar Moody with 3:23 to play in the game.
With Venice closing in, Croson decided to put some of his starters back in the game. Two plays after Moody’s touchdown, Newby raced down the sideline to score his fifth touchdown of the game and put the game out of reach.