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Newsome rides wave of success powered by QB Copack

Newsome senior Kyle Copack likely will receive only a handful of snaps off Friday night when the Wolves host Kissimmee Osceola in the first playoff game in the school's six-year history.

Copack is the Wolves' starting free safety, punter, punt returner and holder. And his move to the starting quarterback position after Week 4 has resulted in six straight wins and the school's first district title.

"He never comes off the field," Newsome coach Kenneth Hiscock said. "And when you try to get him some time off, he doesn't want to come off."

"I've just got to make sure I eat a good meal before the game," Copack said. "The good thing is I think we're probably the best-fed team in the country."

After a 42-0 loss to Armwood on Sept. 26, a game in which Hiscock said his team was bullied and afraid of contact, he made some personnel moves — most notably promoting Copack to starting quarterback.

"He's probably the best athlete we have and we wanted him on the field," Hiscock said.

Newsome's defense held opponents to six points a game the rest of the season, and the Wolves could rely on a running game anchored by brother tandem Conner and Keller Powers, a sophomore and freshman, respectively.

But mastering Newsome's Wing-T offense, a scheme that runs on misdirection, took time for Copack: "There were times early on when I'd turn to hand the ball off and no one would be there," he said. "Sometimes we have more formations than we do plays."

The Wolves (8-2) enter the playoffs having scored at least 27 points in three of their past four games.

"That Armwood game was a wakeup call for us," Copack said. "There were some guys who were going through the motions, and it let us all know that everyone's job was up for grabs. And it helped with the younger guys because they started to push the older guys."

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Playoff games

All games Friday at 7:30. Admission is $7

Class 6A: Durant at Orlando Dr. Phillips

Class 5A: Alonso at Wharton; Gaither at Chamberlain; Kissimmee Osceola at Newsome; Bloomingdale at Lakeland

Class 4A: Jefferson at Bradenton Southeast; Lakewood at Plant; Winter Haven at Armwood; Tampa Bay Tech at Auburndale

Class 3A: Spoto at Arcadia DeSoto County

Class 2A: Riviera Beach Inlet Grove at Tampa Catholic

Newsome rides wave of success powered by QB Copack 11/18/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 8:13pm]
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