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Football: Gulf, Mitchell win spring games


Published:   |   Updated: May 23, 2014 at 03:48 PM

Anclote loses, 31-7

— Springstead and Anclote are coming off postseason berths, but lost key players to graduation.

After playing each other close during the first three quarters, the Eagles came out strong in the second half to defeat the Sharks 31-7.

Anclote struck first with an 18-yard interception return by Zack Adams.

The Eagles scored on a 1-yard run by Daniel Wright (21 carries, 80 yards) and a 21-yard field goal by Ryan Reyes, making it 10-7 Springstead.

Matt Wilson

Gulf wins, 21-8

— Flashes of brilliance came every so often for Gulf during the 2013 season.

Following up a 1-9 season with optimism was tough sledding, but the Buccaneers have much to look forward to after picking up a convincing 21-8 spring victory against Weeki Wachee. Two-way star Deandre Hopkins picked off two passes and returned one for a touchdown.

The Buccaneers controlled both lines of scrimmage, racking up more than 200 yards rushing and nearly 300 yards of total offense.

Quarterback Avery Welch sat out the spring game due to academic issues, but Morgan Smith stepped in and completed six of nine passes for 54 yards. He rushed for another 80.

Hopkins, who will be a sophomore this fall, displayed his talents on both sides of the ball. He picked off a Weeki Wachee pass and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and caught two passes for 19 yards.

RaiQwan Hayes had a solid evening catching the ball, hauling in a couple passes for 31 yards.

Andy Villamarzo

Mitchell tops Hudson

— In a battle of two winning teams from last fall, Mitchell used a swarming defense to come out on top with 22-6 win over Hudson.

After a scoreless first quarter, Mitchell got on the board with a 1-yard touchdown run from Will Fairbanks. The two-point conversion was stuffed by Hudson, and the Mustangs led 6-0.

The Cobras answered on their next possession. Quarterback Joey Caruso hit wideout Christian Thomas on a slant, and Thomas outraced the secondary to the end zone for a 40-yard score to tie the game at 6.

Mitchell pulled away with two Alec Lambert touchdown passes and a safety.

The Mustangs defense, playing without leading tackler Larry Couch, registered two interceptions and five sacks.

For Hudson, Caruso threw for 103 yards, and the Cobras were led on the ground by Billy Werner, who finished with 50 yards on 10 carries.

Steve Campbell

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