LITHIA — With a postseason berth on the line in front of a homecoming crowd, Will Worth did what he usually does when Newsome needs it most: put the Wolves on his back.
Worth ran for a pair of scores and threw another as Newsome (5-4) jumped to a 28-point lead and never looked back, securing a spot in the playoffs with a 40-7 thumping of Plant City on Friday.
"Will just has amazing character," coach Kenneth Hiscock said. "He's a true leader in every way."
Newsome, which started the season 0-3, returned to the playoffs after missing the postseason last year. With the victory, the Wolves secured the run-nerup spot in Class 7A, District 8 behind Durant.
"I told them before the game to get after it from Play One," Hiscock said. "That's exactly what they did. They knew what they had to do and responded well."
And it was Worth who lead the way. The senior quarterback/linebacker carried the ball 23 times for 121 yards to lead an impressive rushing attack.
"We did what we do best, which is grind it out," said Worth, who had rushing scores of 3 and 4 yards. "We played Newsome football."
Teammate John Hendricks rushed for 81 yards on 15 carries, including a 13-yard score on Newsome's first drive. Clint Carnell added 52 yards and had a 15-yard touchdown before exiting the game after aggravating a shoulder injury.
Worth also had a 10-yard TD pass to Tyler Dufrene, and Austin Cobb hit a pair of field goals (24, 35 yards).
Nick Rodriguez hit Joe Davis for a 22-yard TD pass for Plant City's (4-5) lone score.