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A daily spring preview of every football program in the county.
Coach: Kenneth Hiscock (third season, 12-8)
Last season: 5-5 (1-3 in district)
District: 5A-7 (Bloomingdale, Brandon, East Bay, Plant City)
Key losses: LB Ryan Gerena, QB Kyle Parker
Who's back: LB Trent Cornwell, DL Frank Marin, DL/C Conor O'Neal, RB Conner Powers
What's new: Almost everything. In a year, Newsome went from having one of the county's most experienced teams to having one of its least experienced. The Wolves graduated 35 seniors from the 2007 squad. This fall, they'll have only five, four of whom will be starters. Of the seniors, much is expected from Cornwell, Marin and O'Neal, who anchor a defense that looked solid this spring and has the potential to keep Newsome in most games. All three are excellent high school players and should play in college, with Marin and O'Neal having Division I-A potential. Powers, a bruising fullback who rushed for nearly 1,000 yards last season as a freshman, is the Wolves' other top returnee. If he can stay injury-free during the next three seasons, Powers has a legitimate chance to become one of the area's all-time leading rushers. Elsewhere, there is great uncertainty. That, however, does not mean Newsome lacks talent. Though this is the youngest group Hiscock has been around, he likes what he sees and thinks the Wolves can compete for a playoff spot. Staying healthy is the key. The Wolves will have several athletes playing both ways.
Audible: "We're definitely confident with the guys we have. We'll be okay. We'll be competitive. We're not the biggest team. We're not the fastest team. But we work." — Hiscock
Did you know? Newsome's starting cornerbacks, Gavin and Kyle Garrow, are twins. They'll be sophomores this fall.
Beat Plant City 7-0
Aug. 29 vs. Lennard (classic)
Sept. 5 at Spoto
Sept. 12 at Jesuit
Sept. 19 vs. Durant
Sept. 26 vs. Armwood
Oct. 3 at Robinson
Oct. 10 vs. Brandon
Oct. 16 vs. Riverview
Oct. 24 at Plant City
Oct. 31 at East Bay
Nov. 7 vs. Bloomingdale
Keith Niebuhr, Times staff writer