Newsome caps historic career as Ansonia wins third straight Class S crown
NEW BRITAIN – The Ansonia starting offense, with its 43rd straight win and championship well in hand, took the field for one last time before its final possession.
The group was not going to run another play, but head coach Tom Brockett wanted his regulars to receive one last standing ovation from the 1,400 in attendance at Central Connecticut State University.
They did and as they were exiting, the players lifted their all-world and all-time Connecticut high school football legend, Arkeel Newsome, on their back. Fitting, as for the last three seasons, Newsome put the Chargers on his back, reaching heights never seen before in the state.
Newsome’s final hurrah, which included 259 rushing yards, four touchdown runs and one touchdown pass, capped a brilliant career and a 51-12 Ansonia victory over Woodland in the Class S championship game Friday night.
Whether the Chargers finish No. 1 in the state poll will be determined shortly. In the meantime, though, brace yourself for some staggering numbers.
First, the team. Ansonia has now won three consecutive Class S championships, winning 43 straight as mentioned earlier. Other than a 21-20 win over Seymour (which may cost them the No. 1 state rating), the Chargers scored at least 41 points in 14 of 15 games.
“This (type of success) is something you can’t expect and I don’t think anyone does,” Brockett said. “Who knows if you can ever get back again? It’s been an unbelievable run for a long time and hopefully it can continue.”
The Chargers now have 19 state championships to their name. Prior to Newsome, there was Alex Thomas, a player Charger fans were worried they’d never replace. After Thomas left, Montrell Dobbs filled the void, rushing for 3,445 yards and 40 touchdowns in his senior year.
That same season, Newsome came along and had some strong moments in a backup role. What was to come, no one could’ve expected.
His career rushing totals: 10,672 yards and 187 touchdowns. This season, he broke his own state record with 3,867 yards and scored an obscene 68 touchdowns.
And, of course, three state championships in four appearances. Good luck to anyone trying to top any of that.
“I’m out of adjectives to describe him,” Brockett said. “He’s just a special, special kid. Some of these records will never be broken, at least in my lifetime.”
“I can’t even remember the last time we lost a game,” the soft-spoken Newsome said. “We had a great run and I can’t believe it ended so soon. I wish I could take it back and do it all over again. To win 43 games in three years is the best feeling in the world.”
On his way to UConn next season, Newsome did not have any glitzy long runs, instead grinding his way through 34 carries against a hard-hitting Hawks defensive line. All four touchdown runs were under 10 yards, including his final high school carry, a three-yard scoring run in the fourth.
He wouldn’t have had it any other way.
“I expected it and also enjoyed it,” Newsome said of Woodland’s physical play. “I’m a running back, you've got to love to get hit.”
Witold Gul added a 27-yard fumble return for a touchdown for the Chargers and Thomas Majchrzak caught an 11-yard scoring pass from Newsome.
Tanner Kingsley rushed for both of Woodland’s touchdowns.
Now, Ansonia, at 15-0 with another Class S title, has to wait for the final poll to see if it secured the No. 1 ranking. Newsome, though, had no issues ranking his championship experiences.
“To go out on top my senior year, this is definitely the best one.”
It’s hard to argue.