By Tamas Mondovics
With Hurricane Irma forcing the delay of two games, area varsity football teams and fans were eager to get back to the season, preferably on a winning note.
Newsome High School fans were not disappointed, as their team returned to the field ready to take on district rival Riverview, ending in a 48-27 victory.
The win secured the Wolves 3-0 overall and 1-0 district record in preparation for a make up game against Durant the following Wednesday.
Prior to taking on the Sharks, Newsome Head Coach Kenneth Hiscock spoke highly of his players emphasizing their preparation and hard work in hopes of a solid season.
“We had a great week of practice and the kids are focused on getting the job done,’ Hiscock said, just moments before the opening whistle.
Judging by the numbers and the entire game, Hiscock’s words were right on target.
Scoring began early as the Wolves put the first seven points on the board, which was quickly balanced out by the Sharks.
Scoring, however, continued and by the start of the second quarter the Wolves led the Sharks 21-7. The first half then ended with a 38-14 Newsome lead.
Led by program Head Coach William Mosel, Riverview returned to the second half with renewed zeal scoring two more touchdowns.
Newsome answered back with a field goal by senior kicker Spencer Shrader and another rushing TD to seal the game for the night in its favor.
Newsome’s victory was the result of a great team effort including a few senior players like running backs Patrick Jolly, Neil Bryant, linebacker Kevin Mieczkowski, safety Kanaan Jones and quarterback Dakota Allen.
The Wolves’ Class 8A District 6 line up includes Riverview (Sarasota), Palm Harbor U, Manatee, Alonso and Steinbrenner.
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