The Strawberry Crest Chargers, backed by a sizable crowd of fellow students, teachers, parents and fans who traveled to support their team despite the unfavorable weather, undoubtedly fought hard from start to finish.
Unfortunately, the program led by Head Coach John Kelly suffered its third straight loss this fall, while getting a taste of what Newsome is bringing to the game this season.
It took nearly three quarters and a 34-point deficit before Kelly’s team got its moment in the spotlight by giving fans a glimpse of what it is capable of doing as Chargers senior running back Bryce Blackmon put his team on the scoreboard with a 90-yard kickoff return.
While pleasing the visiting fans, it was too little too late for the Chargers to do much more after a solid game performance by Newsome, which included Wolves senior running back Braxton Harris scoring on runs of 80 and 76 yards and amassing more than 190 yards on seven carries.
The Wolves started the scoring early with a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter and just kept widening the gap to end the game with a final winning score of score of 47-7.
Newsome also got touchdowns on an interception return by senior wide receiver Drew Willis and runs by senior quarterback Cole Schaller and sophomore running back Patrick Jolly.
It is safe to say that the Chargers have plenty to do as they hope to improve on last season’s 1-9 record.
Other local teams of interest this season (noted here with their last season’s overall record) include the Brandon Eagles, Bloomingdale Bulls (9-2), Spoto Spartans (8-4), East Bay Indians (4-6), Riverview Sharks (2-8) and Lennard Longhorns (8-3).
The Brandon Eagles, led by program Head Coach Dean Eychner, ended last year with a decent 7-3 record and are in for another tough 6A District 7 line up facing Armwood, Hillsborough, Chamberlain, Blake and King.
As for Durant, last year’s 28-7 regular season final home game victory against East Bay secured a playoff spot as Class 7A District 8 champions. Cougars Head Coach Mike Gottman can be confident of another season success as he once again takes the helm of a regularly winning program.
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