Friday, December 15, 2017
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Newsome's Will Worth is valuable on both sides of ball

LITHIA — Perhaps the only time you won't see Newsome's Will Worth in the middle of the action at a Wolves game is when you blink.

There are two-way players and then there is Worth. The senior captain plays the two most important positions on each side of the ball — quarterback and middle linebacker. Worth also holds the ball on field goal and extra point attempts, in addition to handling the punting.

"He loves to play the game and he plays it with all his heart," Newsome coach Ken Hiscock said. "He loves his teammates, is unselfish and is the guy you want with the ball in his hands."

While Worth's volume of plays impresses — especially considering Newsome competes in Class 7A — most of those plays involve some sort of contact. Worth has 16 more carries than the next closest rusher and nine more tackles than the nearest defender.

"I wouldn't feel right taking plays off," Worth said. "I try to set an example for my teammates and go hard on every single play."

Hiscock said there is no doubt Worth's actions have made an impression on his teammates.

"The players look top him and how he responds in situations," he said. "They look for him to lead them."

Worth said his offseason conditioning is the reason his body can hold up throughout a season.

"It sounds cliched, but I give it 100 percent on every rep I take (in the weight room)," Worth said. "I just keep pushing."

Worth said he can't decide which side of the ball he prefers playing, but knows his days as a two-way player are likely coming to an end.

"You can only go both ways for so long, and I've been doing this since little league," Worth said. "Right now, all I know is I have eight more chances to do this and I'm going to get everything out of it I can."

Worth said he has yet to receive any offers from the next level, but he hopes his play during the course of the season will catch some school's attention.

"I don't think I've gotten the offers I deserve," he said. "But all that is extra motivation for me."

Seffner Christian (2-0) at Kissimmee Life Academy (1-1)

Last week: Seffner Christian had the bye and most recently defeated Bishop McLaughlin 21-13; Bishop McLaughlin defeated Life Academy 38-20.

Why you should go: Because the mighty Crusaders are for real. Under veteran coach Steve Lewis, this fledgling program should move to 3-0 for the first time in school history tonight.

Bloomingdale (2-1) at Tampa Catholic (3-0)

Last week: Bloomingdale defeated East Bay 21-14; Tampa Catholic defeated St. Petersburg Catholic 48-0.

Why you should go: To see how Bloomingdale's defense fairs against TC. The Bulls got a pair of late fumble recoveries to beat East Bay. Nose guard Javon Brooks — and undersized run-stuffer — recovered the second to seal the Bulls' win.

Durant (2-0) at Brandon (0-2)

Last week: Durant had a bye and most recently beat Alonso 29-0; Freedom defeated Brandon 20-14.

Why you should go: To see if the Cougars give up a point. Durant surrendered a TD to Freedom in a 57-7 win and shutout the Ravens in its last game.

Newsome (0-3) at East Bay (1-2)

Last week: Hillsborough defeated Newsome 37-23; Bloomingdale defeated East Bay 21-14.

Why you should go: Don't let these records fool you. The Wolves are the best 0-3 in the area — dare we say the state — after a brutal opening stretch. The Indians are a better team than their 1-2 record indicates and we expect a tight one.

Hillsborough (2-0) at Strawberry Crest (2-1)

Last week: Hillsborough defeated Newsome 37-23; Strawberry Crest defeated Steinbrenner 21-14.

Why you should go: Karel Hamilton deservedly gets the lion's share of attention, but fellow wideout Joshua Hyde is off to a nice start. Hyde hauled in eight passes for 86 yards and a TD last week against Steinbrenner.

Armwood (2-1) at Leto (0-3)

Last week: Armwood defeated Tampa Bay Tech 30-0; Riverview defeated Leto 21-6.

Why you should go: To see Armwood's future. The Hawks will be ahead by an absurd margin at halftime and the reserves will see a good deal of work.

Spoto (0-2) at Middleton (1-2)

Last week: Gibbs defeated Spoto 53-13; Middleton defeated Lennard 17-12.

Why you should go: Spoto linebacker Rafael Morales has been all over the field, accounting for 16 tackles through the first two games.

Riverview (2-0) at Plant City (2-1)

Last week: Riverview defeated Leto 21-6; Plant City defeated Gaither 23-21.

Why you should go: Riverview's Lasander Washington is a dangerous return man and topped the 100-yard mark rushing last week against Leto.

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