TAMPA — With an offense that entered Friday night’s game with a rushing average of 7.2 yards per carry, it was no surprise when Landon White bolted for a 49-yard touchdown run on Newsome’s opening drive to get things going against host Robinson.
But for an offense whose success has so relied on its running game this season, it was junior quarterback Nick Felice who impressed with three touchdown passes in the Wolves’ 41-7 victory. With Robinson’s defense squarely focused on White and Jason Albritton, the team’s leading rusher, Felice’s two first-half touchdown passes gave the Wolves a 20-0 lead in the second quarter.
“The running game really opens things up for our passing game,” Felice said. “Newsome has had the run the last 15 years and it’s something we can depend on but we also have dependable receivers.”
Felice’s first touchdown pass, a 31-yarder, was caught deep in the end zone by Deandre Perez. After Albritton gained 20 yards on a fourth-down run, Felice completed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Kamarii Austin to give Newsome a 20-0 lead.
After Robinson’s Destin Gainer snagged an interception in the final minute of the first half, quarterback Rickeem Parks threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to L.J. McAfee for the Knights’ lone touchdown.
Newsome's defense kept the Knights off balance most of the night with a great pass rush and interceptions by Amir Austin and Devan Belcher.
Ahead 20-7 at halftime, the Wolves went back to their rushing game as Albritton and White helped put the game away in the third quarter. The duo gained 54 yards to set up a 5-yard touchdown run by Austin. Then White’s 21-yard touchdown run gave Newsome a 34-7 lead on a drive keyed by Albritton’s 52-yard run.
"We were just on all cylinders tonight," White said. "A lot of credit to the defense but it doesn't get better than that."
White totaled 153 rushing yards and Albritton, the team’s leading rusher, finished with 142. With the Knights’ defense showing fatigue in the fourth quarter, Felice closed out scoring with his second touchdown pass to Perez, a 73-yarder.
Newsome improved to 6-1 and hosts Haines City next week. Robinson dropped to 3-3 and hosts Jesuit next.