TAMPA — Newsome's defense was a mixed bag as the Wolves traveled across the county to take on Class 8A-District 6 opponent Alonso. The Wolves' offense, however, did its job as the running attack put up 400-plus yards on the ground, giving Newsome (3-1) a 38-26 win.
The game plan of handcuffing the Ravens' big-play threat, running back Ish Witter, worked as only two of the tailback's carries went for double-digit yardage, but Alonso (2-2) sophomore quarterback Chris Oladokun did his part, putting up 301 yards and four touchdowns. But when the Wolves needed a stop — holding a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter — the defense stopped Alonso on four straight plays inside the 10.
“We just try to stay disciplined, read our keys and play football,” Newsome coach Ken Hiscock said. “And things worked out for us here.”
The Wolves took a 10-point lead in the second quarter behind an Austin Cobb field goal and Ramsey Bennett 10-yard scoring run, but Alonso answered with a pair of Oladokun TD passes to Derius Davis (10 yards) and Brandon Robinson (48) to take a lead into the half.
Alonso had no answer for Newsome's running attack for a majority of the game, and the Wolves' downhill running started to have an impact in the third. A 37-yard gain from Bennett set up an eventual Spencer Preston sneak from 2 yards out for a Newsome score, followed just a few minutes later by Chris Bryant's 49-yard score.
Bryant, who finished with a team-leading 156 yards and two touchdowns, said the key to the game was the Wolves never letting Alonso get the momentum.
The Ravens answered Bryant's first score with a 32-yard pass from Oladokun to Marcus Mosley, cutting the lead to five.
Newsome stayed ahead throughout and a costly personal foul call negated a fumble recovery that could have been a reprieve for the Ravens in the last five minutes.
The Wolves got 117 rushing yards and a pair of scores from Bennett and 78 yards on the ground from Hempstead as Bryant said it was the offense's turn to carry the team.
“The defense has stepped up the first few games,” Bryant said. “But tonight the offense had some pep in its step and did its job today.”
Ravens coach Brian Emanuel was critical of his offensive line in the loss, leading to Witter's slow night. Witter gained just 65 yards on 15 carries.
Newsome 3 7 14 14 — 38
Alonso 0 12 7 7 — 26
N – FG Cobb 38
N – Bennett 10 run (Cobb kick)
A – Davis 10 pass from Oladokun (pass failed)
A – Robinson 48 pass from Oladokun (kick failed)
N – Preston 2 run (Cobb kick)
N – Bryant 49 run (Cobb kick)
A – Mosley 32 pass from Oladokun (Bryzenski kick)
N – Bennett 50 run (Cobb kick)
A – Mosley 12 pass from Oladokun (Bryzenski kick)
N – Bryant 54 run (Cobb kick)