By Tamas Mondovics
Tthe battle between long-time rivals Newsome and Durant was by all accounts the game of the week and possibly of the 2012-2013 fall high school football season.
This time, however, with a score of 38-18 it was the Cougars turn to claim the victory, which for some time belonged to the Wolves.
Coming into game seven, the visiting Wolves sported at 3-3-0 (overall) and a 2-0-0 (league) record with seniors Will Worth and Clint Carnell leading the pack. “It’s Worth and Carnell,” program head coach, Kenneth Hiscock, repeated a couple of times putting the emphasis on the team’s power duo.”
As the Wolves QB, leading the league with more than 700 rushing yards, Worth has made his name known through such plays as his record 80-yard run for the longest rushing play in 7A District 8 against Brandon a week prior, accumulating 180 yards for the day.
Fast forward a week, and taking on the Cougars, Worth rushed 15 times for 129 yards as Newsome out scored Durant by close to 100 yards.
Unfortunately, Newsome’s team needed a bit more than they were able to give as the Wolves’ chance to cut Durant’s early lead to 10 points with 2 minutes left in the third quarter, took a wrong turn with another turnover mistake in the Cougars’ end zone.
Durant’s relentless and unwavering quest to claim the district title remained on track as running back Jamarlon Hamilton finished with 22 carries for 162 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Trey Van De Grift completed seven of 10 passes for 107 yards.
“It’s a huge district win for us,” Durant head coach Mike Gottman said. “We have been focusing on protecting the ball and taking advantage of our opponents’ mistakes both of which I think we did well.”
By defeating the Wolves, the Cougars extended their record to 7-0 the longest winning streak in 7A District 8 so far.
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