Friday, October 18, 2013

UConn commit sets another state record

While I was at Sheehan High School watching Hillhouse's Harold Cooper become the sixth player in Connecticut high school football history to surpass the 6,000-yard rushing mark, Ansonia's Arkeel Newsome was etching his name into the state record books once again.

The UConn commit needed less than 300 yards to become the state's all-time leading rusher and he nearly had that by halftime.

It didn't take long after emerging from the locker room at halftime to move by former Ansonia High star Alex Thomas for the coverted mark. Newsome went by Thomas' total of 8,279 yards on a 57-yard touchdown on the first play of the third quarter.

Newsome finished with 396 yards on 26 carries and six touchdowns in Ansonia's 56-21 win over Masuk on Thursday night.

Newsome added to his state record for most career touchdowns (145) and points scored (900). As a sophomore he set a record with 3,793 rushing yards and 62 touchdowns (also breaks the previous marks held by Thomas).

According to the national high school football record book Newsome is just the seventh player to score 900 points and is also seventh all-time with 134 rushing touchdowns.



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