LITHIA — Kissimmee Osceola jumped out to a 21-point lead before six minutes had ticked off the clock, leaving Newsome unable to recover. The visiting Kowboys only pounded out five more first downs after the first quarter, but the Newsome rally wasn't enough.
"A day late, a dollar short," Newsome coach Kenneth Hiscock said. "They got up on us in the first quarter, and we were fighting, but it's got to start at the beginning of the game, not the second half, not the second quarter."
After taking the opening kickoff on the 20-yard line, the Wolves fumbled on the second play, which the Kowboys quickly converted into a touchdown on a 6-yard run from Semaj Washington. Osceola added another score two minutes later when Jansen Watson broke a 54-yard run. Newsome was stunned again a minute later when Will Bostic blocked a punt and returned it 28 yards.
Newsome scratched back, scoring on a 3-yard run from Conner Powers in the second quarter, but the extra point was blocked. "We had to get that starting point, to get it rolling," Powers said. "I mean, it's like breaking the ice."
Powers scored in the fourth quarter and the team lined up for a two-point conversion, but a false start knocked them back 5 yards. The extra point tightened the score to 21-13.
Newsome quarterback Kyle Copack was unable to get anything going through the air, but scrambled eight times for 61 yards.
Powers, a sophomore, was emotional about the end of the season. "This is the most jelled team I've ever played for," he said. "We're one big family."