Ansonia running back Arkeel Newsome did something unusual Thursday en route to breaking the Connecticut career rushing record. He played a little bit in the second half.
Because the Chargers have outscored opponents 333-39 while going 6-0, playing Newsome after halftime has been a luxury. But, with two-time defending state champion Ansonia playing Masuk (Monroe) and Newsome close to the state record, he played a little bit in the third quarter. He rushed for 396 yards and six touchdowns in a 56-21 victory to push his career mark to 8,385 yards, averaging 11.71 yards a carry. The old mark was set by another Ansonia back, Alex Thomas, who rushed for 8,279 yards from 2004 to 2007, before playing at Yale.
Newsome, a 5-8, 180-pound senior, has said he plans to sign with Connecticut.
Newsome leads the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Performances of the Week. The rest of the top performances:
Kalen Ballage, DB-RB, Falcon, Colo.
Senior ran for 272 yards and five touchdowns and returned an intercepton 56 yards for a touchdown in a 52-12 defeat of Air Academy (U.S. Air Force Academy) on Friday.
Tyler Davis, QB, Mepham, North Bellmore, N.Y.
Junior ran for 192 yards and six touchdowns on only 15 carries and connected on 12 of 15 passes for 103 yards in a 55-21 defeat of Kennedy (Bellmore) on Friday.
Caston Holbrook, QB/LB North Gem, Bancroft, Idaho
Senior ran for 231 yards and six touchdowns and had 27 tackles in a 56-32 win at Mackay on Friday.
Christian Hayes, QB, Coronado, Lubbock, Texas
Freshman passed for 327 yards and five touchdowns and ran for two touchdowns in a 56-49 loss to Abilene on Thursday.
Sammy Mireles, RB, Elwood, Ind.
Senior set the state career rushing record with a 350-yard, five-touchdown effort in a 49-42 defeat of Alexandria-Monroe (Alexandria) on Friday. He has 7,700 career rushing yards, surpassing the old total of 7,560, set by Otis Shannon from Cathedral (Indianapolis) from 1997-2000.
Kyler Murray, QB, Allen, Texas
Junior threw for four touchdowns and ran for three in a 77-37 win Friday at Plano West (Plano).
Jack Shank, QB, Irvington, Fremont, Calif.
Senior threw for four touchdowns and ran for two in a 47-24 defeat of Kennedy (Fremont) on Saturday.
Blake Sneed, DB/RB, Kiefer, Okla.
Sophomore ran for 103 yards and a touchdown, had a 71-yard touchdown catch, had 19 tackles, intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble in a 41-14 win Thursday vs. Yale.
Matt Tille, QB, Gibsonburg, Ohio
Junior threw for 294 yards and six touchdowns in a 64-0 defeat of Hilltop (West Unity) on Friday.