Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Spring football capsule: Newsome

Around the county in 30 days A daily spring preview of every football program in the county

Newsome

Coach: Kenneth Hiscock (fourth season, 20-11)

Last season: 8-3 (district champ, lost to Kissimmee Osceola in region quarter, 21-13)

District: Class 5A-6 (Bloomingdale, Durant, Plant City, Riverview)

Key losses: OL Conor O'Neal, QB/DB Kyle Copack, DE Frank Marin, LB Trent Cornwell, TE Robby Young, LB Troy Green

Who's back: RB Conner Powers, RB Keller Powers, SS Niko Anthony, LB Joe Worth, DL Shawn Boone

What's new: The Wolves return much of the core of last year's district championship team. And the biggest change in the eyes of Hiscock is the program's improving depth — for the first year, there were enough quality players to play in a blue and white scrimmage. The Wolves again will rely on the run in their Wing-T offense, a 2,044-yard ground attack led by the Powers brothers. Conner Powers, a rising junior, already has 2,106 career rushing yards after last season's 1,164-yard sophomore campaign. The toughest to replace might be Copack, who played quarterback, safety, punt returner and punter, but Hiscock believes rising senior Matt Klenke is a suitable replacement at quarterback. The Wolves' 4-4 defense still needs to fill some holes and replace Marin, who led the team with 7½ sacks, and Cornwell, who led the Wolves with 109 tackles. "We definitely need to find a few people to step up," Hiscock said of his defense.

Audible: "We're still very young. And that's hard because I have to remember that when I'm coaching them. I have to realize I'm dealing with a bunch of sophomores." — Hiscock

Did you know? The record of the Wolves' first three opponents (all nondistrict foes) is 25-9. Now that's a tough opening. "We're going to find out if we're doing stuff right here at Newsome," Hiscock said.

Spring game: Defeated Plant City 14-7

2009 schedule

Sept. 4 vs. Armwood

Sept. 11 at Jefferson

Sept. 18 vs. Alonso

Sept. 25 at Plant City

Oct. 9 at Robinson

Oct. 16 vs. Leto

Oct. 22 at Bloomingdale

Oct. 30 vs. Riverview

Nov. 6 vs. Durant

Nov. 13 at Gaither

Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer

Spring football capsule: Newsome 05/29/09 [Last modified: Friday, May 29, 2009 8:42pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays morning after: 5 mistakes that led to loss to Blue Jays

    Blogs

    We've already documented elsewhere what the Rays didn't do, how they failed to take advantage of a prime opportunity to win Wednesday's game, getting just one run after loading the bases in the seventh with one out and three of …

    Jake Faria make too many mistakes, the failure to execute costing him repeatedly.
  2. Rays have their chances, but end up with another loss (w/video)

    The Heater

    TORONTO — The litany of games the Rays have given away this season is long enough, arguably too lengthy. So the only way to get to the postseason is make up for some of those losses by grabbing some wins when the opportunity is presented, especially at this time of year when the margin is diminished and the stakes …

    Associated Press
  3. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Wednesday's Rays-Blue Jays game

    The Heater

    You wonder if the scouting reports and/or workload are catching up to rookie RHP Jake Faria. The bottom line wasn't bad again, three runs in 51/3 innings, but he's having to work harder to get there.

  4. Rays journal: Chris Archer eager for eventful final stretch

    The Heater

    TORONTO — RHP Chris Archer takes the mound today for the Rays as they head into the final 40 games of the season with little margin for error as they battle for an American League playoff spot.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) takes a moment on the mound in the second inning of the game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, August 6, 2017.
  5. Tim Tebow's slump continues, as does fan support

    Sports

    CLEARWATER — On July 29, playing against the Charlotte Stone Crabs, Tim Tebow smacked a mammoth three-run homer, helping the St. Lucie Mets cruise to a 10-3 victory at Charlotte Sports Park.

    St. Lucie’s Tim Tebow, shown Monday at Spectrum Field, struggled at the plate Wednesday against the Threshers.