Checking In With Deon Newsome

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It’s Hampton (VA) versus Phoebus once again.  Phoebus won the regular season match-up less than two weeks ago, coming away with a 35-21 win.  Hampton would love to avenge the recent loss this week, with a berth in the Division 5, Eastern Region finals on the line.

Deon Newsome (Photo courtesy of Andy Hilton/Recruit757.com)

Virginia Tech-bound athlete Deon Newsome , the Crabbers’ starting quarterback and outside linebacker, is ready.

“I can’t wait to play, to see what happens,” Newsome said.

Newsome’s availability seemed in question, at least for a bit, when he went down with a dislocated kneecap in the third quarter of the regular season finale against Phoebus.  Fortunately, the 5’11”, 175-pound senior did not miss any significant action.

“When they realized I was injured, the trainers ran out onto the field. They flipped me over, and when they did they straightened my knee out,” Newsome said, recalling the injury.  “I was able to go back in against Phoebus.”

Newsome showed no ill-effects in last week’s Eastern Region quarterfinal win over Norcom, rushing for 109 yards and two scores and throwing for two touchdowns in Hampton’s 34-6 win over the Greyhounds.

“My knee actually did pretty good,” Newsome said.  “The trainers told me it was going to swell, but it hasn’t done that.”

After seeing action at quarterback, running back, and wide receiver in his junior season, Newsome has only played quarterback on offense this season.  As the engineer of the Crabbers offense, he has guided the team to a 9-2 overall record.  Newsome has accumulated 1,074 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns through 11 games.

With the team’s playoff life on the line, Newsome has one goal in mind before taking the field Friday night.

“I’m trying to get everybody on the same page,” Newsom said.  “I

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