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Newcomb leads Clarion-Limestone playoff win with another stellar performance

Written by: on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018


for the third week in a row Newcomb shined for Clarion-Limestone Photo credit to Kyle Yates. 

Chris Rossetti
Sports Editor EYT Media

STRATTANVILLE, Pa. (D9Sports) – Austin Newcomb ran for over 200 yards and five touchdowns, as Clarion-Limestone rolled into the District 9 Class 1A semifinals with a 48-18 win over visiting Otto-Eldred Friday night.

Newcomb put up his third straight game of at least 200 yards rushing and his sixth of the season finishing with 31 carries for 270 yards. He scored on runs of 39, 5, 6, 10 and 11 yards, with three of those touchdowns coming before halftime to help the second-seeded Lions (9-2) to a 24-0 halftime lead. He added two catches for 19 yards and also intercepted a pass on defense.

“It’s amazing,” Newcomb said of getting the win. “Last year, we came out and lost to Coudersport (in the first round). To win our first playoff game, it feels amazing.”

Newcomb created his offensive line for the win.

“They are extremely important,” Newcomb said. “Without them, I can’t do it.”

Watch more of what Newcomb had to say about the victory.

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The C-L line did more than just open holes for Newcomb, it also helped two additional Lions reach milestone marks during the win.

Ayden Wiles had another 100-yard effort on the ground with 16 carries for 110 yards and a 14-yard touchdown. He went over 1,000 yards rushing on the season with the effort.

Also, quarterback Colby Himes, who had a 1-yard touchdown run of his own in the win, was 3 of 11 passing for 44 yards and reached the 1,000-yard passing mark on the year.

“They are both big parts of our team,” C-L head coach Davey Eggleton said. “Austin gets a lot of the headlines, but Ayden is that one-two punch. They just compliment each other so well. And, Colby has done a great job all season just being a leader of the offense and managing the game and making timely passes. So, I am happy for both kids and just really excited for them.”

Behind Newcomb, Wiles and Himes, C-L racked up 446 yards of total offense, including 404 on the ground, despite an early Otto-Eldred strategy of trying to keep the potent Lions offense off the field.

During much of the first half, the seventh-seeded Terrors (4-5) ran the play clock all the way down on each snap with the hopes of limiting the C-L touches on offense.

But C-L’s defense thwarted that plan by holding Otto-Eldred to 67 yards rushing in the game and 216 total yards while also coming away with two interceptions, including a key pick from Ben Smith on the Terrors first drive.

Eggleton said he was pleased with the way his team showed patience against the Otto-Eldred stall tactic.

“I think it kind of frustrated our guys at first, but they kept their composure and played great defense the whole first half and most of the second half,” Eggleton said. “Other than a couple of fluke plays, we played great defense all night and kind of took them out of that (strategy) eventually because they couldn’t be patient anymore. We kept scoring and stopping them.”

Watch Eggleton’s full thoughts on the win.

C-L wasted little time scoring first, as the Lions recovered an onside kick to start the game and needed just three plays for Newcomb to find paydirt on a 39-yard touchdown run that put the Lions up 8-0 58 seconds into the contest.

Otto-Eldred looked like it was going to answer the score methodically driving into C-L territory before Smith made the key early interception from his linebacking position.

While the Lions ensuing drive stalled on downs, C-L was able to put the game away with a pair of Newcomb touchdowns five minutes apart starting midway through the second quarter.

First, the junior 2,000-yard rusher scored from five yards away to make it 16-0 with 6:55 left in the first half.

He then scored on a 6-yard run with just under two minutes to play to make it 24-0.

Coming out in the second half, C-L looked to put the game away when Himes scored on a 1-yard run to make it 30-0 with 9:31 to play in the third quarter.

Otto-Eldred answered that score with a score of its own on a well-designed trick play.

Cole Sebastian took the snap out of the shotgun for the Terrors and rolled to his right. He then handed the ball off to a receiver on a reverse who came back to the left. That receiver then handed the ball to Chase Sebastian, who had lined up as the receiver on the left side of the formation before going out on a 5-yard pass route and coming back into the backfield to take a pitch. Chase Sebastian, a lefty, then threw a pass to a wide-open Cole Sebastian down the right sideline for a 40-yard pickup to the C-L 10-yard line that became a 45-yard gain when the Lions were called for roughing the passer.

That pass led to a 5-yard Cole Sebastian to Colton Geitler touchdown pass. Cole Sebastian finished the game 15 of 32 passing for 109 yards, a touchdown and two picks while also rushing nine times for 79 yards and a touchdown and catching the one pass for 40 yards.

C-L followed the Geitler touchdown with Wiles’ 14-yard scoring run, but Charles Lee returned the ensuing kickoff 65 yards to make it 36-12 Lions.

Newcomb, though, put the game into the PIAA Mercy Rule when he scored on runs of 10 and 11 yards the later coming with 9:06 to play in the game.

Here is his 10-yard run late in the third quarter.

Otto-Eldred scored the game’s final touchdown on a 77-yard run by Cole Sebastian.

C-L will take on sixth-seeded Coudersport in the semifinals either Friday, Nov. 9, or Saturday, Nov. 10, at a site and time to be announced.

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