Saturday, December 14, 2013

Glorious ending for UConn commit

UConn commit Arkeel Newsome found the end zone four times and threw a touchdown pass as he ended his incredble high school career by leading Ansonia to its third straight state championship and 43rd win in a row.

Newsome ran 34 times for 259 yards and had scoring runs of 6, 2, 8 and 3 yards to go with an 11-yard touchdown pass as Ansonia defeated Woodland 51-12 to win the Class S title Friday night.

Just in case there were any questions regarding his intentions, Newsome said after the game that he is looking forward to headed to UConn.

Newsome broke his own state record for rushing yards in a season as he finished with 3,867 yards  on 333 carries with 64 touchdown runs and 68 total touchdowns scored. It was the 26th time during the 43-game winning streak that Newsome ran for more than 200 yards in a game.

Here's a partial list of the Connecticut records he holds since I don't think there's enough time in the day to list every record he leaves Ansonia with. National rankings according to NFHS record book in parenthesis.

Most career rushing yards: 10,865 (6)
Single-season rushing yards: 3,867 (7)
Consecutive 400-yard games: 2
Consecutive 300-yard games: 3
200-yard games: 26
Career touchdowns: 187 (3)
Career rushing touchdowns: 172 (3)
Touchdowns in a season: 68 (3)
Rushing touchdowns in a season: 64 (4)
Points in a season: 422 (4)
Points in a career: 1160 (3)

Former UConn offensive coordinator Rob Ambrose, a candidate for the UConn football job that went to Bib Diaco, is two wins away from coaching Towson to a national title.

Terrance West, who ran for 161 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Towson's season-opening win over UConn, rumbled for a FCS playoff record 354 yards and had five TDs in the Tigers' 49-39 win over second-seeded Eastern Illinois in the quarterfinals on Friday night.

Now Towson will face the winner of the Eastern Washington/Jacksonville State game in the semifinals.


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