LITHIA — There’s a giant billboard on I-75 south that features Newsome players, with Conner Powers in his blue No. 12 Wolves jersey front and center. If the senior tailback keeps up this pace, don’t be surprised if a statue on Newsome’s campus is soon to follow.
Powers scored four touchdowns and led a Newsome rushing attack that rolled up 391 yards on the ground as the Wolves (8-3) avenged a 2009 playoff loss to Alonso (4-7), defeating the visiting Ravens 49-20 in a 5A region quarterfinal Friday night.
“Whenever you get No. 12 going,” Newsome coach Ken Hiscock said, “good things are bound to happen.”
Powers bulldozed his way to 188 yards on 25 carries and brought his season touchdown total to 27. Powers, who ran for five TDs in the season finale against Durant, scored on runs of 5, 3, 4, 6 and 23 yards Friday. Powers has 18 TDs in the past four games.
“Everything was clicking tonight,” Powers said. “The O-line was great and everybody did their jobs well.”
Newsome’s defense was stout, led by a player who three weeks ago was playing for the Wolves’ junior varsity. Sophomore Cody Rector finished with 31/2 sacks, Joe Worth recovered a fumble and Zach Billingham picked off a pass. Both turnovers led to TDs.
“We just worked on filling gaps,” Rector said. “This is just my second varsity game and it was fun.”
Clint Carnell, Royce Easley and Keller Powers (eight carries, 116 yards) accounted for the other Newsome rushing TDs. Eddie Castillo returned a kickoff 66 yards, Ish Witter ran for a 30-yard score and Dylan Fisher tossed a 3-yard pass to Brandon Holloway to account for the Ravens’ points.