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Newsome 35, Durant 31

LITHIA — Running Newsome's Wing-T offense, quarterback Matt Klenke's job usually isn't to pass.

But with the Class 5A-6 district title on the line Friday night and against a stingy Durant run defense fighting for its playoff life, Klenke was called upon to lead his team with his arm.

The Wolves senior, who made just 42 pass attempts heading into Friday, threw for 305 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Wolves to a 35-31 comeback win over the Cougars.

"If the Wing-T's working I love it, but whatever it takes to score touchdowns," Klenke said. "And the pass was working today. I was a little surprised because I hadn't passed that much.

"Probably not since little league football or JV."

With the win, Newsome, which didn't win its first game until Week 4 and lost arguably its best two players to season-ending injuries, earned its second straight district title. It also squashed the playoff hopes of Durant, which needed a win to force a three-team tiebreaker.

Newsome (6-2, 4-0) came back from a 14-0 second-quarter deficit, then rallied late after trailing 31-21 with 11:29 left in the game.

Trailing 31-28, Durant (6-3, 2-2) seemed to seal it with a 39-yard pass play into Newsome territory with 3:26 remaining, but Jorge Thompson, a late-season callup from JV, forced a fumble to give the Wolves one last chance.

"The key to the game was turnovers and we had our fair share," Newsome coach Kenneth Hiscock said. "We came up big."

Klenke then drove Newsome 78 yards for the winning drive, capping by a 36-yard touchdown to Keller Powers.

Durant running back Jarvis Scott tallied 115 total yards, including 92 rushing, replacing injured starter John Hicks.

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