By Jay Tidwell/Special to the Journal
ECRU – The opportunity Boston Newsome was waiting for didn’t come until his last carry.
The senior running back for New Albany had pounded and darted for plenty of yards, but what he wanted was a chance to really turn up the speed.
Newsome took a handoff late in the third period, sliced to the left side of his blockers then sprinted down the sideline in front of his bench for a 67-yard touchdown. It was the final blow on a career night for the workhorse.
Newsome rolled up 306 yards on 36 carries and scored five touchdowns Friday to lead the Bulldogs to a convincing 56-13 division win against North Pontotoc.
“That last run made me feel like the man with the plan,” said Newsome, who came into the match averaging 150.6 yards rushing per game. “Of all the carries I had, I was waiting on that last one, that big break out.”
Newsome had seven touches for 39 yards – including a critical fourth-down conversion – to set up a 19-yard pass from Spencer Day to Austin Howard on the first series of the night to give New Albany (4-4, 2-0 2-4A) the early advantage.
Newsome scored on runs of 16, 2 and 5 yards to give them a 28-0 lead at the break.
“We feel like he’s our best football player and our offensive line believes in him,” said New Albany coach Ron Price. “There has not been a more motivated person than Boston this week.”
After North Pontotoc got on the board with a 68-yard pass from Trey Jolly to Marcus Green on the third play of the third quarter, Newsome went back to work. His 39-yard run set up O.J. Hardin’s score on the next play.
Then Newsome scored twice more, first with a 20-yarder then the final jaunt with 4:09 in the third.
The Vikings (5-3, 1-1) added a TD on a 20-yard toss from Jolly to Green with 4:06 left in regulation. Jolly, a junior, finished with 8 of 23 passing for 162 yards, two TDs and one INT.
“On the offensive line, they just outmanned us,” said North Pontotoc coach Brian Sutton. “We knew they were going to line up and run at you, and they do that well and run the clock.”