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Thu. May 20, 2010 | Eduardo A. Encina

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Newsome

Coach: Kenneth Hiscock (fifth season, 29-13)

Last year: 7-3 (Lost 47-37 to Alonso in region quarterfinals)
District: Class 5A, District 6

Key losses: QB Matt Klenke, RB/WR/DB Niko Anthony, DL Shawn Boone, OL Mike Montague, DL Garrett Fuglaar

Who’s back: RB Conner Powers, LB Joe Worth, LB Will Worth, RB Keller Powers, RB/DL Vince Pennington, OL Josh Adams, OL Josh White, OL Cole Rector

What’s new: Coming off a district championship last season, Hiscock is excited about this season’s prospects. He has a 27-player senior class, and an 18-man junior class, so the majority of his lineup has system experience. Last year, the toughest obstacle was overcoming injuries to leading rusher Conner Powers (102.7 yards a game in six games) and linebacker Joe Worth (7.4 tackles a game), but younger players stepped up in their absence. The Wolves’ Wing-T offense will have lots of punch this year with a big, strong backfield. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Joe Worth steps in at quarterback and gives Newsome another running threat in the backfield. Combine him, the Powers brothers, Pennington and Durant transfer Royce Easley and there’s a lot of load to bring down. “When you look at them, you’re like, ‘Wow, that’s a big backfield,’ ” Hiscock said.”They’re all big and strong, and for the most part, they’re all over 6 feet, 200 pounds.” On defense, the Wolves will still employ the 4-4.
Audible: “I think we’re looking pretty good. It’s the best spring we’ve had here. We had the Blue and White game on Saturday and everyone got after it. I’m expecting some good things if we can stay healthy. We have some experience now, but we’re still pretty young.” — Hiscock

Did you know? The Wolves have made the region tournament the past two seasons, but are still searching for their first postseason win.

Spring game: at Durant (second half), 6:30 tonight

2010 schedule
Aug. 27    vs. Spoto (preseason)
Sept 3    at Armwood
Sept. 10    vs. Jefferson
Sept. 16    at Alonso
Sept. 24    vs. Plant City
Oct. 1    vs. Blake
Oct. 8    vs. Robinson
Oct. 15    at Leto
Oct. 22    vs. Bloomingdale
Oct. 29    at Riverview
Nov. 5    at Durant

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