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Arkeel Newsome, Ansonia

Three Connecticut records were set on Sunday during the state football playoffs.

Though he's only a junior, Arkeel Newsome now holds the state career record for rushing touchdowns (116) after running 15 times for 207 yards and four touchdowns as Ansonia (Conn.) defeated Hyde Leadership (Hamden), 41-13, during the Class S state semifinals. The previous record of 114 touchdowns was held by another Ansonia star, Alex Thomas.

Newsome was pleased to keep the prestigious record in the Ansonia family.

He told the New Haven Register, "It means a lot. He was a good back. For me to break that, I think it's awesome and a great accomplishment."

Now 13-0 and winner of its last 27 games, Ansonia will play another unbeaten team, North Branford, this coming weekend for the state title. North Branford took advantage of five fumbles to rout Woodland Regional (Beacon Falls) 62-27 in Sunday's other state semifinal.

Despite the loss, Woodland's outstanding quarterback and receiver each set a single-season state record. Tanner Kingsley threw four touchdown passes to raise the state record he set earlier in the week to 51. The previous record was 43.

Anthony Scirpo caught two of the scoring strikes for a state-record 25 this year. The previous record was 24.