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High school football: Defensive move pays off for Newcastle in win over Heritage Hall

Casey Freeman has two of Newcastle's four interceptions during the Racers' 28-14 victory over Heritage Hall.
by Trent Shadid Published: October 10, 2013

In preparation for Heritage Hall's pass heavy offense, Newcastle moved junior Casey Freeman from cornerback to safety earlier this week.

The move paid off.

Freeman had two of the Racers' four interceptions to lead Newcastle to a 28-14 win over the Chargers on Thursday night at Pop Murray Field.

“We did exactly what we wanted to do,” said Freeman, who also plays quarterback. “We focused on coming out here and hitting them in the mouth and forcing turnovers. That's what we did.”

Three of the interceptions came in the second half, helping Newcastle overcome a 14-7 halftime deficit and score the game's final 21 points.

“The defense was outstanding,” said Newcastle coach Keith Bolles. “Heritage Hall comes out in some exotic formations, and that makes it challenging to be in the right spots sometimes. We bent a little bit, but overall our defense was terrific.”

Newcastle (4-2 overall, 2-0 in District 3A-3) received another impressive performance from junior running back Zach Bergt, who scored all four of the Racers' touchdowns.

Bergt rushed for 100 yards on 32 carries, with each of his four scores coming from inside the 3-yard line.

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