Class S: Newsome, Ansonia rout Hyde
Updated 10:59 pm, Sunday, December 2, 2012
MIDDLETOWN -- The Ansonia offense is used to scoring at will, but Sunday afternoon the Chargers had to first exercise a little patience.
After twice turning the ball over on downs inside the Hyde Leadership 10-yard line, junior Arkeel Newsome finally found the end zone and the defending Class S champions dominated from there in a 41-13 victory over the Howling Wolves in the semifinals at Middletown High School.
Newsome led Ansonia (13-0) with 215 yards and four touchdowns on 14 carries, breaking former Charger Alex Thomas' career state touchdown record (114) with a 69-yard score on the first play of the second half. Newsome enters Saturday's championship game -- where Ansonia will chase its state-best 18th title -- against North Branford at Rentschler Field with 116 career touchdowns.
"It was a little frustrating (not scoring early), but we kept our composure and still kept coming out and playing hard," said Newsome, who has 32 touchdowns for the season. "(Once we scored) it gave us some juice and some good intensity."
The Ansonia defense was intense from the opening play. The Howling Wolves (10-2) started their first drive at their 20-yard line and lost 16 yards on three plays before punting. On the second drive, which started at their 5, they gained one yard on three plays before punting again.
But the Chargers, who average close to 49 points a game, failed to convert either stop into points despite beginning drives inside the Hyde 20.
"I was like, `dang, they stopped us,' " Ansonia senior lineman Jh'mel Trammell said. "I was like `we have to come back and pick it up.' "
The offense did, starting with Newsome's 26-yard touchdown run with 18 seconds left in the first quarter. The 5-foot-8 tailback added a 14-yard touchdown run at 9:38 of the second quarter and Jai'quan McKnight tossed a 24-yard touchdown pass to Raeshaun Finney in the corner of the end zone to make it 21-0 at the half.
Newsome had 88 yards on 11 carries at halftime while Hyde had just eight yards of total offense. On their first four offensive series combined, the Howling Wolves' longest gain was when Ansonia was called for a 5-yard facemask penalty.
"They really just outmuscled us at the end of the day," Hyde coach Melvin Wells said. "They were just stronger than we were as a team and when you can't match up strength man for man there's going to be seams, and that's what happened."
Newsome zapped any plans Hyde might have had for a second-half comeback on the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter, breaking loose down the left sideline for a record-setting 69-yard touchdown run. Arthur Kwaskiewicz missed his only extra point after the touchdown, but Ansonia led 27-0. On the second play of the Chargers' following series, Newsome broke free down the right sideline for a 58-yard touchdown and a 34-0 lead.
Quarterback Kevin Jones scored on a 1-yard run with 2:17 left in the third quarter to end Ansonia's shutout. Andrew Matos capped the Chargers' scoring with a 3-yard, second-effort touchdown run at 11:06 of the fourth quarter to make it 41-6. Marcus Rodgers added a late score for Hyde on a 6-yard run.
"(After the early failures) we got going on offense and we didn't punt all day," Ansonia coach Tom Brockett said.
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Class S semifinals
Hyde 0 0 6 7 -- 13
Ansonia 7 14 13 7 -- 41
A -- Arkeel Newsome 26 run (Arthur Kwaskiewicz kick)
A -- Arkeel Newsome 14 run (Kwaskiewicz kick)
A -- Raeshaun Finney 24 pass from Jaiquan McKnight (Kwaskiewicz kick)
A -- Newsome 69 run (Kwaskiewicz kick failed)
A -- Newsome 58 run (Kwaskiewicz kick)
H -- Kevin Jones 1 run (Cameron Howe kick failed)
A -- Andrew Matos 3 run (Kwaskiewicz kick)
H -- Marcus Rogers 6 run (Cameron Howe kick)
Records: Hyde Leadership 10-2; Ansonia 13-0