TAMPA — Gaither took a lead, lost it and rallied before falling 24-19 to Newsome. Freshman Shug Oyegunle was 14-of-29 for 316 yards for Gaither (1-9). But he also committed four turnovers (two interceptions) and was sacked for a safety.
The Cowboys, whose 19 points were a season high, led 13-0 in the first quarter. But Newsome (7-2), the Class 5A, District 6 champion, scored 21 in a row, including field goals of 37 and 47 yards by Herold Gussman.
The Cowboys cut it to 21-19 late in the third when Oyegunle hit John Pernes for a 20-yard touchdown.After the teams traded punts, the Wolves took advantage of an Oyegunle fumble, getting a 27-yard field goal from Tony Zaccario.
But Gaither was not quite done.It embarked on a 70-yard drive starting with 2:10 left — only to see it end at the 3 on linebacker Will Worth's interception.
Rod Gipson, Times correspondent