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Wolves make Sharks pay

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 23, 2013 at 04:52 PM
LITHIA -

Newsome capitalized on some big Riverview miscues to move to 3-0 in district by handing the Sharks an 18-6 loss Friday night.

Newsome (5-2) stymied Riverview (2-6) and forced three fumbles and picked two Jarid Heffers passes, while the Newsome run game had just enough to give the team the edge.

Newsome's run game has been akin to musical chairs in recent weeks as running backs have gone down one by one, starting with feature back Connor Powers. He has been joined on the sidelines by younger brother Keller Powers, and Darnell Tucker.

But it seems the music has stopped as the Wolves have started to get consistent output from junior Vince Pennington. Pennington has handled the bulk of the Wolves' carries since Powers went down against Leto three weeks ago. Friday night was no different as Pennington rushed 27 times for 98 yards.

"My name has been called and I had to step up to do a job," Pennington said. "It was an ugly game, but I'm not upset with the outcome at all."

The Wolves got on the board for the only score of the first quarter on a bad snap on a Riverview punt that punter Jamal Stewart batted out of the back of the end zone for a safety. Tony Zaccario added the first of his three field goals to give Newsome a 5-0 advantage before the offense finally made a strike on a 2-yard run by Niko Anthony midway through the quarter.

Also in flux all season has been the Wolves kicking game as Zaccario, a junior, has been in a weekly battle with sophomore Harold Gussman for the kicking duties. Wolves coach Ken Hiscock said the two have battled during the week for the chance to kick and this week Zaccario won the kickoffs and field goals while Gussman took the punting job.

"Competition is good and the two of us have to fight every week," Zaccario said. "It does get frustrating sometime, but this is football and it's a sport and you have to fight for your job whether you like it our not.

"I appreciate a good competition."

After earning his duties, Zaccario shined in the game, coming up with the bulk of the Wolves' scoring as well as a big fourth-quarter punt pinning the Sharks inside the 10 with less then two minutes left.

The punt didn't escape Hiscock's attention.

"It's a battle between those guys every week," Hiscock said of his kickers. "But that was a beautiful play - a beautiful punt."

The Sharks' lone score came in the fourth quarter on the longest play of the night for either team, a 41-yard touchdown pass from Heffers to James Saunders, who made a catch on a tip between two Wolves defenders.

Riverview0006-6Newsome21033-18 N - Safety, ball batted out of end zone

N - FG Zaccario 23

N - Anthony 2 run (Zaccario kick)

N - FG Zaccario 27

N - FG Zaccario 20

R - Saunders 41 pass from Heffers (pass failed)

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