Newsom one of top players for Trojans this season
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Nov. 9, 2006 - CUMBY - For Cumby senior lineman Austin Newsom, scoring an offensive touchdown against the Fruitvale Bobcats was one of the best memories of his high school career.

Newsom scored a 7-yard TD on the Trojans' final drive of the game against the Bobcats in a 57-12 win. He also had two forced fumbles in that game.

"That touchdown was pretty awesome and that was one of the best moments of my life," he said. "That was just really awesome, and I think I had a great game that game."

Austin, one of four children of Keith and Christy Newsom, has been one of the top players for coach Kent Hawthorne, who said Newsom is a strong kid this year.

"We couldn't win a game without Austin this season. He is quick and all over the field. He causes turnovers and it one of the best lineman that I have this season," Hawthorne said.

"The kids feed off of him because he has a lot of energy. He gets after it on the field and has been our Headhunter and our offensive and defensive MVP after games this year."

Newsom said other than playing football he likes to play baseball for the Trojans and also go hunting.

He said playing for the Trojans this season has been a blast and knowing the team could make its first trip to the postseason is a goal the entire team has for this week.

"This week is very important and it is going to mean a lot if we win and if we don't then we don't have a very good shot," he said. "I have never been to the playoffs and have always wanted to go. That would be pretty awesome to go my senior year."

With the Trojans in a two-way tie for second place in the district, Newsom said this season has been a roller coaster of emotions with players quitting and losses to Alba-Golden, Maud, Detroit, Simms Bowie and Wolfe City, this game decides the season for Cumby.

"It has been great and we have had some ups-and-downs and it has been a good year," he said. "It has fun to be able to hit people without getting in trouble."

He said his biggest memory of this year will be finishing out the year with his friends and trying to make the underclassman better.

"Being able to play and having fun playing with my friends because this is probably going to be my last year playing football," Newsom said. "I have shown leadership sometimes and whenever we have our scout team out there I want them to hustle so that it will make us better. I want to win and try as hard as I can to win every game we play for the rest of the year."

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