PLANT CITY — Senior fullback Conner Powers rushed for five touchdowns to propel Newsome to a 38-28 win over Durant.
With the victory, Newsome (7-3) captured the Division 5A, District 6 title by going 4-0 in district for the third consecutive season.
Powers set the tone early, punching the ball in from the 8-yard line to cap a seven-play, 80-yard drive to open the game.
Powers ran over defenders, moved piles and made tacklers miss all night. Although he wears No. 12, on this night Powers looked like another fullback who wore No. 40: Mike Alstott.
"I've been nicknamed after him," Powers said. "I'm not a fast guy. I'm just a big dude and I'm going to run straight at you."
Newsome coach Kenneth Hiscock agreed.
"He's a stud, man," Hiscock said. "He's our workhorse and we rally behind him."
Powers rushed for four touchdowns and 96 yards in the first half to give his team a 28-0 lead. Durant, however, narrowed the score to 35-21 with 7:58 remaining in the fourth quarter.
After Durant (5-4) forced Newsome to punt with a little more than six minutes remaining, the Wolves recovered a muffed punt to effectively snuff out the rally.