SPORTS_Newsome 5By Tamas Mondovics

Newsome High School teachers, parents and football fans were not disappointed as their team welcomed its neighboring rival, Spoto High School, to begin the 2015-2016 season with the annual non-conference, preseason kickoff classic game.

Playing in front of a full house, the Wolves managed to defeat the Spartans, 27-21 in a close, but mistakes-filled, game, which could have gone either way and was undecided until the final seconds, keeping the crowd of fans that came out to support the first game of the year glued to their seat.

Starting his tenth season as program head coach, Kenneth Hiscock was pleased with his players’ off-season commitment and dedication, which was undoubtedly a major contributing factor of the team’s kickoff classic win.

“We had a great off season,” Hiscock said prior to the game, adding that as it is the case each year the main goal is to, “do the right thing on and off the field, coupled with being competitive and, of course to win districts.”

Boasting of 28 seniors led by Cole Schaller (QB), Drew Willis (WR), Bryce Barnes (CB) and junior linebacker Matt Green, in its 2015-2016 roster, the Wolves have every reason to be optimistic.

A small taste of what is to come this year became obvious when Wolves senior running back Drew Kozlin extended his team’s lead to 12-7 with a 25-yard touchdown with three minutes left in the first half.

Adding to the excitement, Newsome junior running back Nate Simmons managed to run for 90 yards coupled with a two-point conversion and a touchdown.

Spartans Head Coach Dale Caparaso was clearly disappointed with his teams performance but was also optimistic of the new season.

“It’s only the beginning,” he said. “We have a great chance to go far this year if we play it right.”

For more information about the 2015-2016 fall football season, visit www.max preps.com.