Neville quarterback John Diarse is the engine of the offense, but when Diarse crossed the goal line for his first touchdown, the Tigers were leading 40-7 against Class 5A Airline.
Six different Tigers had a hand in eight scores en route to the 48-14 win against Airline on Friday.
“We’ve said all year long that we felt like we’ve got some guys who can handle the football and make plays from our receivers to our tail backs,” said Neville coach Mickey McCarty. “We feel like we have some weapons there, and a lot of them played well.”
Andre Fuller, a former quarterback, threw a 33-yard pass to sophomore Kavontae Turpin. Diarse threw a backward pass to Fuller to start the trick play.
Fuller also converted three two-point conversions, two passes to Matt Reeves and a run.
Diarse and Salarrious Jones had two rushing scores each, Laurence Jones had a rushing touchdown, and Brian Barefoot connected on a 30-yard field goal.
Diarse said the offense wanted to spread the ball around, and he credited the offensive line for allowing a variety of players to be successful.
Eight different Tigers carried the ball and six different players caught passes.
Will Watson led the team in catches with three for 24 yards while Kavontae Turpin hauled in two passes for 40 yards and a score.
Turpin, a sophomore, leads all receivers with 13 catches for 272 yards and two touchdowns. Watson is second with 11 catches and 104 yards and one score.
Diarse (17-131) and Salarrious Jones (9-63) were the primary ball carriers Friday.
The quarterback takes the lead with 368 rushing yards while Jones has rushed for 317 yards this season.
Laurence Jones touched the ball on both sides, intercepting a pass and rushing twice, once for a score.
“I love it,” Jones said about playing both ways.
Diarse and Turpin also played extensively on defense. Diarse made several tackles and Turpin seemed to have good technique on a deep pass breakup, but he was flagged for face-guarding.
“It takes a lot to play both ways, a certain mindset,” Diarse said. “Any time coach calls your number, you’ve gotta go, can’t back down from it.
“It shows a sign of weakness. Big ups to the guys who played both ways. They’ve got heart and confidence.”
McCarty said he enjoyed getting players “game-time reps” in playing both ways.
“We’ve got a few kids that work both sides of the ball,” McCarty said. “It’s important that we keep those good athletes on the field.
“We know down the road, there will be some games and matchups where we will need all hands on deck.”