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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: WEEK 10 : Newcomb Gets Golden League Title, Officially

TIMES STAFF WRITER

If this wasn’t an official retirement party for Antelope Valley High Coach Brent Newcomb, then it sure was a nice unofficial one.

In what looks like the last of his 18 seasons, Newcomb watched his Antelopes beat Quartz Hill, 27-0, to capture the Golden League title before about 5,000 Thursday night.

Newcomb watched fullback Justin Reinier score two touchdowns, running back Jermaine Lewis take off on a 73-yard run, Trymon Redick score on a 73-yard reception and cornerback Charles Pierce return an interception 64 yards to set up the final touchdown.

A nice way to go out, huh, Brent?

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“It sure is,” he said. “When you win your league, you’ve had a good season.”

How about a good career? Newcomb has led the Antelopes (9-1, 5-0 in league play) to three Southern Section championships and has a chance for a fourth when the playoffs start next week. He has made no formal announcement about retiring but he has said he’s 99% sure he will.

Antelope Valley, the defending Division II champion, scored on its first two possessions, a one-yard run and an eight-yard reception by Reinier.

The Antelopes scored 13 in the fourth quarter on a 73-yard pass play from Bobby Brown (6-8 for 106, two touchdowns passing) to Redick and an 11-yard run by Lewis (30-192) after the Pierce interception.

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Quartz Hill’s Brian Woodworth completed 10 of 18 for 82 yards and Jeremiah Harris had 84 yards in 21 carries. But Harris could never break free against a quick Antelope Valley defense. Quartz Hill committed four turnovers.

Quartz Hill (8-2, 4-1) opened the game by committing the unthinkable against a team as explosive as Antelope Valley. It turned the ball over on the second play.

Pierce jumped on an errant pitch by Woodworth, setting up a one-yard run by Reinier to make it 6-0 after the extra-point failed.

The Rebels couldn’t turn a 26-yard run by Woodworth into points in their second drive. Andy Rethi missed a 37-yard field-goal attempt.

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The Antelopes then marched 80 yards to make it 14-0 in a 10-play drive highlighted by a 27-yard Reinier run, in which he fumbled. Lewis recovered on the play that covered a total of 32 yards and set up an eight-yard scoring pass from Brown to Reinier.


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