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