Ansonia survives scare against Seymour for 37th straight win

Ansonia's Arkeel Newsome carries the ball in the Chargers' 21-20 win over Seymour on Thursday. (Photo by Autumn Driscoll)

Ansonia’s Arkeel Newsome carries the ball in the Chargers’ 21-20 win over Seymour on Thursday. (Photo by Autumn Driscoll)

Arkeel Newsome rushed for 112 yards and three touchdowns as Ansonia squeaked past Seymour 21-20 on Friday at DeBarber Field.

For a change, it wasn’t easy for the Chargers, who improved to 9-0 on the season with their school-record 37th straight win.

The UConn-commit’s 19-yard touchdown run with 6:37 remaining gave Ansonia the lead for good, 21-20. The stunning loss was avoided, but a close win was surprising in itself for the state’s No. 2 team.

“People wonder how upsets happen,” Ansonia coach Tom Brockett said, “and all you guys get so excited about, ‘We can’t get beat.’ I tell you guys over and over, ‘It’s a game of football,’ … This can happen anywhere, it happens in every field, it happens in every league. Guys should believe it.”

Ansonia’s 37th straight win topped the streak the Chargers recorded from 1975-1978. Cheshire holds the state record of 49 straight from 1992 to 1996.

Despite fumbling three times and allowing Seymour to recover three onside kicks, the Chargers survived.

“You get to that number, everybody wants to be the one to knock you off,” Brockett said. “People (say), ‘You’re going to get to 37, you’re going to get to 40, you’re going to get to 50.’ No you’re not. You better bring it every week or you’re not going to get there.

“Reporters don’t win this game, fans don’t win this game. You’ve got to line up, put your hand on the ground, and you’ve got to play.”

Running out of the wildcat formation, Seymour’s Joe Salemme rushed 35 times for 239 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw for a score to Christian Thurmond for 43 yards.