Oct 132013
Arkeel Newsome ran for 311 yards and five touchdowns as Ansonia pulled away from Derby for a 62-28  win before more than 3,000 fans at DeFilippo Field. Credit: GWImages

Arkeel Newsome ran for 311 yards and five touchdowns as Ansonia pulled away from Derby for a 62-28 win before more than 3,000 fans at DeFilippo Field. Credit: GWImages

Derby hung around with Ansonia for a half — problem is there are two halves.

What Happened

Derby and Ansonia traded punches throughout most of the first half, but the Chargers pulled away fairly easily in the second half of their 62-28 win, which extended their winning streak to 33 and helped them seize control of the NVL Brass Division. Check out Remmy’s highlights below.

Arkeel Newsome ran for a season-high 311 yards and five touchdowns on 31 carries, and Jai’Quan McKnight totaled more than 250 yards and three scores. After Derby started to limit Newsome in the first 15 or 20 minutes of the game, the Chargers started effectively using him as a decoy. The first big usage of that came on a third-down screen to Saiheed Sanders, who ran the Chargers into the end zone before McKnight sneaked in for a touchdown. The junior quarterback also ran for two touchdowns to start the second half and expand Ansonia’s lead to 34-14.

Derby's Tyrae Small totaled more than 200 yards and three touchdowns against Ansonia. Credit: GWImages

Derby’s Tyrae Small totaled more than 200 yards and three touchdowns against Ansonia. Credit: GWImages

Both teams made some first-half mistakes: Newsome fumbled a ball out of the end zone, and Red Raiders wide receivers dropped about four would-be first downs. Derby stayed in the game early with some solid tackling and Tyrae Small’s 78-yard kickoff return touchdown, but it couldn’t punch in a score on the final drive of the first half and that defensive stop gave Ansonia some extra second-half momentum.

Small ended up with 185 yards and three total touchdowns for Derby, but Ansonia held Michael Kreiger under 200 total yards and kept him out of the end zone while intercepting him early in the second half. Both teams looked worn on the defensive side at various points in the second half — Derby almost right off the bat, Ansonia in the fourth quarter.

Some people who watched the game and have commented on the internet said Ansonia didn’t look like the No. 1 team in Connecticut. We don’t know what else those people want, but when you beat a solid and previously undefeated rival by 34 points on the road, that doesn’t command any demerits in our book.

Newsome, meanwhile, unofficially has 7,988 career yards (his Week 5 yardage will be made official soon) and is 292 yards away from breaking Alex Thomas’ career rushing record. Wouldn’t it be something if he did it in the spotlight of the NVL-SWC Challenge? More on that later.

Woodland senior Taylor Tucciarone snatched one of Logan Marchi's three interceptions. Tucciarone also caught two touchdown passes from Tanner Kingsley. Credit: Kyle Brennan

Woodland senior Taylor Tucciarone snatched one of Logan Marchi’s three interceptions. Tucciarone also caught two touchdown passes from Tanner Kingsley. Credit: Kyle Brennan

The only other real notable result of the week was Woodland’s 59-14 annihilation of St. Paul. The Hawks’ varsity offense only lasted the first half and scored 53 points on 29 plays, shredding the Falcons’ lack of a defense for 563 yards. Tanner Kingsley vastly outplayed his UConn-bound counterpart Logan Marchi. Kingsley was 12-of-14 for 272 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions, while Marchi was 20-of-42 for 272 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Another Marchi pick was negated by an iffy Woodland penalty, and he missed a number of his throws pretty badly (there were only a couple of drops, but quite a few passes off by 5-plus yards).

Woodland’s Sean McAllen also set a school record with 274 rushing yards on nine carries and tied the state record with a 99-yard touchdown run at the end of the first half. That was one carry after he sprung an 80-yard touchdown run. Granted, St. Paul’s defense made nhbeast wonder if it had actual people back there, but McAllen is having a really nice first half of his first varsity season. He made some huge plays last week against Naugatuck and did the same against St. Paul.

Courtesy of Rick Volk, who goes around Connecticut to shoot local high school football highlights, here’s a look at the Woodland-St. Paul game.

Nothing else provided much of a surprise. Naugatuck pulled away from Torrington for a 33-3 win after a slow first half. Seymour dominated Sacred Heart, 45-6, as Joey Salemme enjoyed another 200-plus-yard night. Wolcott (45-0 over Crosby) and Wilby (27-0 over Watertown) both pitched shutouts, and Holy Cross pumped Kennedy, 43-6.

Who Did It

Top Passers: Tanner Kingsley (WRHS): 12-14, 272 yards, 4 TD; Logan Marchi (SP): 20-42, 272 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT; Jason Bradley (NHS): 13-21, 167 yards, 58 rush yards, 2 rush TD

Top Rushers: Arkeel Newsome (AHS): 31 rush, 311 yards, 5 TD; Sean McAllen (WRHS): 9 rush, 274 yards, 3 TD; Drew Bialoglowy (HC): 15 rush, 211 yards, 3 TD; Jacob Thomas (WIL): 20 rush, 202 yards, 3 TD; Tyrae Small (DHS): 14 rush, 185 yards, 3 total TD; Joe Lynch (WOL): 16 rush, 175 yards, 2 TD; Jai’Quan McKnight (AHS): 8 rush, 104 yards, 3 TD

Top Receivers: Mike Kenney (WRHS): 6 rec, 114 yards, TD; Taylor Tucciarone (WRHS): 3 rec, 103 yards, 2 TD; Ryne Griesenauer (NHS): 6 rec, 90 yards; Austin Morin (SP): 4 rec, 69 yards, 2 TD

(Qualifications: 150 yards and/or 3 TD passing, 100 yards and/or 2 TD rushing, 75 yards and/or 2 TD receiving. Performances only include those posted to MaxPreps and/or reported by local media.)

Blanchette POTW

Woodland sophomore running back Sean McAllen is the Blanchette Sporting Goods Player of the Week. McAllen set a school record with 274 rushing yards and three touchdowns on only nine carries. Among his scoring runs

Woodland sophomore running back Sean McAllen is the Blanchette Sporting Goods Player of the Week. McAllen set a school record with 274 rushing yards and three touchdowns on only nine carries. His scoring runs were 61, 80 and 99 yards in the Hawks’ 59-14 win over St. Paul, which kept Woodland perfect at 5-0. Credit: sscreativedesign

How to See and Read It

Ansonia-Derby: Rep-Am, GameTime CT (video/photos), CT Post (photos), WFSB
Seymour-Sacred Heart:
Rep-Am, GameTime CT (photos)
Rep-Am (photos), GameTime CT (photos)
Holy Cross-Kennedy:
Rep-Am (video/photos)
Woodland-St. Paul:
Rep-AmBristol Press (video)

Where It Takes Us

The NVL-SWC Challenge, of course. We’ll have a ton on that this week, but here’s the schedule:

Thursday: Brookfield at Wilby; Masuk at Ansonia
Friday: Bunnell at Naugatuck; Woodland at Pomperaug; Newtown at Wolcott; Seymour at Oxford; Derby at Bethel; Joel Barlow at Torrington; Watertown at New Milford; Immaculate at Crosby; Kennedy at Stratford; New Fairfield at Sacred Heart
Saturday: Holy Cross at Weston; Notre Dame-Fairfield at St. Paul

The Masuk-Ansonia and Bunnell-Naugatuck games will be broadcast on WATR. (Masuk-Ansonia will also be aired next week on tape delay on CPTV Sports.) We still haven’t decided which game will be our NVL Blog Game of the Week because there are a lot of good ones out there.

Newsome could, assuming he plays deep into the game against Masuk, break the career rushing record this week. That game lost a bit of its luster in Week 5 when the Panthers suffered a 35-32 upset loss to Pomperaug. On the flip side, the Woodland-Pomperaug game looks more exciting than we originally thought.

The Friday night games as a whole are very intriguing. The Bunnell-Naugatuck game obviously carries the storyline of Bruno’s new team vs. Bruno’s old team, and the Newtown-Wolcott game will attract plenty of attention with the Nighthawks ranked in the top 10 and Wolcott playing some lights-out offense. Seymour-Oxford is likely a Class S elimination game (both teams are 3-2 and the class is very deep), and Derby-Bethel is a terrific under-the-radar game between a pair of contenders.

Look for the first set of previews of these games Monday night.

NVL Fantasy Football Update

Because a few teams are late in getting their stats up this week, we’ll wait and post the results of Week 5 NVL fantasy a little bit later in the week. Early stats show Kyle holding a lead over Remmy.

Here are our active lineups entering Week 6. Things may change before kickoff.

Team Kyle: QB Logan Marchi (St. Paul), QB Tanner Kingsley (Woodland), RB Tyrae Small (Derby), RB Jacob Thomas (Wilby), RB Joey Salemme (Seymour), WR Jayson Matos (Wolcott), WR Mike Kenney (Woodland), WR Jay Pelletier (Wolcott), Naugatuck defense

Team Remmy: QB Jason Bradley (Naugatuck), QB Vincent Gambino (Wolcott), RB Arkeel Newsome (Ansonia), RB Joe Lynch (Wolcott), RB Tom Douty (Naugatuck), WR Reid Morin (St. Paul), WR Ryne Griesenauer (Naugatuck), WR Adam Santopietro (Wolcott), Ansonia defense

  32 Responses to “Week 5 Wrap: Newsome Closes In”

  1. I was just thinking about the “1 Bold Prediction” segment I do every week in my Gimme Five post on the Rep-Am Red Zone blog. Figured it would be interesting to examine my first four of the year.

    Week 2: “Derby’s defense will hold Holy Cross to two touchdowns and the Red Raiders will gain a leg up in the early Class S competition among local teams with a 2-0 start.”

    The final score was Derby 19, Holy Cross 14. Check!

    Week 3: “St. Paul beats Torrington by 49 points. Remember a few years ago when the Red Raiders put the pedal to the metal, let off until the Falcons came back and then floored it to the last whistle of an 80-39 win? We are sure Logan Marchi and his teammates do, and they probably want to win this game more than any other on the schedule. To win by 49, though, St. Paul may need to score 90 points—its defense is still pretty bad. Good thing the game is set for a 1:30 p.m. start on Saturday.”

    The final score was St. Paul 52, Torrington 37. So 49 points? Not so much. Had the Falcons scored 90, though, it would have been a 43-point game. Semi-check!

    Week 4: “Woodland quarterback Tanner Kingsley and Naugatuck quarterback Jason Bradley will combine for 850 passing yards and 12 passing touchdowns, but the Greyhounds will win by the difference of a two-point conversion.”

    The final score was Woodland 25, Naugatuck 22. The guys combined for 550 yards and five touchdown passes. I went extra bold and lost on all counts. No check.

    Week 5: “Woodland will only allow 21 points to St. Paul and the Hawks will pick off Logan Marchi three times en route to a big win in Bristol. This game is probably the last big Copper Division test for the Hawks (Holy Cross doesn’t look up to snuff right now), and they will cruise to the division title.”

    The final score was Woodland 59, St. Paul 14. I actually anticipated the Falcons doing their usual run-up on the JV defense, but the Hawks played with some testicles and left the varsity defense in there the whole way so that St. Paul wouldn’t rack up its usual garbage stats and points. Also, Woodland picked off three passes. Double check!

  2. No competitive games this past week.
    Given the way AHS played in the first half against Wilby and Derby, I’m not sure they should still be considered #1 in the state. Interesting games coming up this week. Masuk got caught looking ahead. Woodland gonna have their hands full this week. I gotta feeling the SWC is going to win at least 9 out of the 12 games this week.

  3. Fish it looks more like 7-7 for me. It’s 14 total games right. If Derby can bounce back it could be even better. We do have a very weak bottom of the league when comparing to SWC.

  4. There are a number of tough games to pick this week. Right now I have it at 5-5 with 4 toss ups. Some SWC teams I know absolutely nothing about.

  5. i agree our bottom half stinks—-but i think our top half holds serve—–fish im sure a lot of ansonia haters feel same way,but on other hand ansonia took both teams best shots and after four quaters both games were blowouts.the polls are basically opinions of handful of coaches and writers.after all it was hard to believe they had shelton ranked in top ten after beating nobody—-just sayin.its too bad a class S school has to win by 49 by halftime to legitimize itself every year

  6. Yo wags- So much venom! Trumbull’s 4-1 since the blowout opener. 5 teams Shelton’s played have 16 wins. I guess it should have been Wolcott or Capital/Classic/Whatever in the #7 slot, right? Want to trade schedules?

    • Shelton gets an improving Wilbur Cross this Friday, then closes with Hand, Hamden, West Haven, Xavier, Derby.

      9-2 likely gets Shelton into the playoffs, 8-3 and they’re staying home.

  7. dwdrake——-make noi mistake–with sheltons schedule to date—ansonia weould still be 5-0——trumbull lost by 50 to shelton—-now theyre 4-1—they improved that much or is schedule overrated?

    • Shelton was a bad matchup for Trumbull. Fairfield Prep was a bad matchup for Shelton, and probably for Ansonia too. FP goes about 275 across the O-line, 250 across the D-line and their two-platoon system could wear the Chargers down. Prep has been virtually impossible to run on, but vulnerable to the pass.

      Prep – Ansonia would be the game I would love to see. But that’s never going to happen. At least not for the foreseeable future. Anyone know if the new three-division schedule will allow more out of conference games?

      • I would assume it will still be a nine-game NVL schedule with one nonconference opening for each team.

        Reason why there will have to be a nonconference opening is because with 15 teams in the league, somebody either has a bye or a nonconference slot each week. (Not gonna do the math now, but there may be two weeks with three nonconference openings each.)

        Oxford and St. Paul will become Thanksgiving “rivals” starting next year. What a joke that is, but whatever.

  8. wags – since you’re so sure of that, be sure of this. No way Ansonia would end up undefeated by the time that schedule got finished. Anybody can speculate. TALK ABOUT NOT PLAYING ANYBODY!!!!!!!! You guys lead the league in that category. I know it was tough reading the scoreboard that night September 5th, even without the ringers. And by the way, NVL don’t have a top half… maybe a top quarter.

  9. sept. 5th? you mean the shelton varsity—ansonia j.v. game—–i think shelton won that one 14-7—impressive

  10. btw drake let me know what the all-time results between ansonia-shelton is——-the blog will be waiting for your answer

    • Putrid… something like a 5 or 6 to 1 ration. Ask EJM. He knows for sure But I thought we were talking about now… 2013 when the bad guys were able to stick their noses into the top 10 for a couple of weeks. What’s the big deal? I was fortunate to play on teams that went 2-2 vs the Lavender and we beat them in the tiebreaker scrimmage 28-0 in 1958.

  11. ValleyFalls1

    Ansonia did not play starters on 5 Sep. It was all JV. Shelton played starters that night. Shelton is slow, good team, but slow.

  12. Shelton is not slow. Prep played better. Shelton turned the ball over and Prep did not. Prep is big and tough up front and had a ridiculous QB.
    Ansonia hasn’t had to play a full game for 4 quarters since the St. Joes game a few years ago. Not their fault, just saying. If Shelton makes it to the playoffs, they will be in good shape. Being battle tested against good teams helps alot.

  13. fish—shelton has no team speed and they lost by 10 on home field—–shelton loses to west haven—–one more loss after that and its basketball season

  14. In all, I believe Ansonia has one of the best programs in the state, possibly the best. Thru the years they can very well be considered the all-time best team this state has ever seen. They may well be the true #1 team in the state this year. Is that what we’re all supposed to say or isn’t that good enough? What we all have to admit is that we’ll never know. Can they play somebody of consequence… EVER? Let me answer that for you… NOT THIS YEAR. There’s no open division playoff where we could get a showdown with the likes of New Canaan. This state just don’t do it right. They are ranked #1 and will never be ranked anything but #1 because they don’t play anybody who can come remotely close to them. Rest easy AHS faithful. There are no obstacles in your way.

    • Ansonia would lose a few games in the SCC. It plays who it plays. I am not here to back them. I just think sometimes the SCC fans (mainly NVL haters) hate to see Ansonia keep winning. Just because teams like Shelton/West Haven/Xavier lose a game or two to other LL schools doesn’t automatically mean they’re better than Ansonia.

    • The No. 1 ranking is far from locked up. If New Canaan runs the table and looks as good as it has (it still plays St. Joseph, Darien and has the Class L playoffs) the final vote will be very close. I have a feeling New Canaan would end up No. 1.

  15. ValleyFalls1

    Ansonia played into 4th quarter for Ledyard and North Branford, Holy Cross 2012, Holy Cross 2011 (NVL Championship game), played into the 3rd quarter Torrington 2011. Played into the fourth Quarter Wolcott 2012 (93 yard drive to ice the game in fourth). Woodland 2011. A few others, can’t remember.I think they will play into the 4th quarter with Masuk.

    Shelton is slow and overrated. Shelton will lose to West Haven because West Haven will run right by them. Oh by the way West haven did not run by Ansonia, oooooops that was a scrimmage and did not count :), apologies.

  16. OLdschool thought this was supposed to be a thread talking about vthe Ansonia back…..interesting how things get off topic.