Feeling down about Connecticut’s performance against Don Bosco Prep in a scrimmage? No worries Nutmeggers. You got yourself a big dose of Connecticut hubris just by visiting MaxPreps this morning.
Former NewsTimes reporter Jim Stout, now the Eastern U.S. media manager of the wildly popular CBS Sports high school site, and videographer Adam Spencer spent the entire first week of practice down at the hallowed Ansonia fields. Their mission? A story and video profile of all-state tailback Arkeel Newsome for their Beyond the X series.
It’s pretty good stuff, especially since it seems like MaxPreps got Arkeel to come out of his shell a bit. To those of use who cover him Newsome came across shy and, therefore, a pretty tough interview as a sophomore. He seems more polished and confident this time around.
But the biggest reveal was MaxPreps suggesting that Newsome could one day break the 60-year old national rushing record held by Ken Hall of Sugar Land, Texas.
Hall ran for 11,232 yards between 1950-1953. (Yow).
Newsome has 4,574 yards in two seasons, including his all-time Connecticut single-season rushing record of 3,763 set last year.
Newsome has a looong way to go, 6,658 yards to be exact. But he’s at least on pace.
He would have to average 3,330 yards over the next two seasons to topple the record. That means staying injury free and Ansonia would almost certainly have to max out at 14 games (i.e. reach the state championship and play anybody but Naugatuck in an NVL championship). Then he might be within striking distance of toppling the greatest record in high school football history. Twenty-seven or 26 games over the next two years would be cutting it close.
Of course, this is all provided he puts up the insane numbers he did as a sophomore. We’re a long way off to realistically talk about this.
Check out MaxPreps’ story here and see what Ansonia and Arkeel think of all this record talk.
Stout also delves into Connecticut high school football’s latent inferiority complex when compared to the rest of the country, using Greenwich vs. Naples (Fla.) and Southington vs. Bergen Catholic as examples of how we haven’t embarrassed ourselves.
But the majority of the story talks about Newsome, the challenges he faces after losing almost his entire offensive line to graduation, and plenty of idyllic talk about Connecticut’s own Titletown.
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