HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCORES
(3-1, 1-0) Hudson 15, (0-4, 0-1) Wesley Chapel 6
WESLEY CHAPEL — Noah Siegrist rushed for 132 yards on 23 carries and Hudson (3-1) ruined homecoming night for Wesley Chapel in the Class 5A-District 7 opener for both teams.
The Wildcats got on the board first when a 92-yard toss from Scott Edwards to Eric Bennett gave Wesley Chapel (0-4) the lead midway through the first quarter. The extra point was blocked.
Hudson went three-and-out on the next drive but caught a break when the Wildcats fumbled the punt in Wesley Chapel territory.
Hudson took advantage of the turnover, and a 4-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion by Joey Caruso gave the Cobras an 8-6 lead they would not relinquish.
Siegrist ran for 89 yards on 14 first-half carries to lead a Hudson rushing attack that had 142 yards at the break.
The Cobras dominated the line of scrimmage for most of the night and finished with 230 yards on the ground and 312 total yards.
The Wildcats blocked two punts in the first half and had five sacks to keep the contest close, but a 20-yard touchdown run by Zach Russell with 4:27 left gave Hudson its winning margin.
(2-2, 1-0) River Ridge 21, (0-3, 0-1) Gulf 7
LAND O’ LAKES — River Ridge overcame a sluggish start to post a 21-7 win against Gulf on Friday night at the Jim Valentine Athletic complex.
In the first half, both teams flexed their defensive muscle, but it was Gulf that appeared to be controlling the line of scrimmage.
The Buccaneers entered the River Ridge red zone three times, but they had nothing to show for it, as penalties at crucial times backed them up.
In the second half, the Royal Knights running game took over, led by Ben Perdomo.
River Ridge went 80 yards on six plays, as Perdomo scored from 24 yards out.
Perdomo scored again in the third after a Trevor Duke interception, and River Ridge led 14-0.
Perdomo finished with 148 yards on 30 carries.
Later in the third quarter, River Ridge blocked a Gulf punt, and it was recovered in the end zone to give the Knights a 21-0 lead.
Avery Welch capped a 65-yard drive for the Bucs, scoring from 18 yards out to cut the lead to 21-7.
Gulf would threaten again to make it a one-score game, but the Royal Knight defense stiffened, and River Ridge got its first district win.
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(1-3, 1-0) Anclote 33, (0-4, 0-1) Ridgewood 6
NEW PORT RICHEY — The Sharks are back on track. Anclote struggled with penalties, racking up 19 for 158 yards, but was able to pull out a sloppy victory against Ridgewood (0-4, 0-1 Class 5A-District 7) Friday night.
Despite the penalties, Anclote (1-3, 1-0) drove down the field, with quarterback Brandon Vinkler (11 of 17, 113 yards) hitting Willie Barrett for a 27-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter for the first score of the game.
Anclote came out of halftime running Barrett (16 carries, 125 yards). The Sharks got a little tricky with a pass on a fake punt from Tim Shumate to Jamaree Reid for a 40-yard touchdown and added a 2-point conversion from kicker CJ Peppe to Andrew Janus.
The Sharks capped the scoring on a 9-yard run by Trent Crawford (10 carries, 70 yards).
Anclote had a safety in the third quarter for a 17-0 lead heading into the final quarter.
Anclote plays host to Fivay on Friday, while Ridgewood is home against Pasco County’s top-ranked team, Sunlake.
(2-1) Fivay 35, (2-2) Lecanto 20
HUDSON — Fivay dug an early hole, but used its balanced offensive attack to battle back and defeat the visiting Lecanto Panthers.
Down 14-3 after one quarter, Fivay struck back with the passing of Eric Vitale.
Vitale threw touchdown passes to Davion Sutton (25 yards) and Trenton Soto (20 yards) to give the Falcons a 15-14 halftime lead.
Vitale continued with his hot hand in the third quarter, finding Sutton for another touchdown, this time from 55 yards out, giving Fivay a 22-14 lead.
Lecanto would answer with a Dmitry Gordon 1-yard run to make it 22-20, but Fivay would pull away in the final period.
Davion Sutton, who finished with more than 200 total yards, scored twice to provide the final margin.
Fivay coach Chris Taylor was proud of his team’s effort after the sluggish start.
“It took a quarter for us to wake up and match their intensity,” Taylor said. “Once we did that, we were able to click on all cylinders.”
(4-0, 1-0) Land O’ Lakes 45, (2-2, 0-1) Mitchell 21
HUDSON — In a game touted as a showdown of Class 6A-District 6 foes, Land O’ Lakes continued to show why it may be in a class of its own.
The Gators, known for their high-flying passing attack, found a different way to win — with the running game. Land O’ Lakes racked up more than 200 yards on the ground en route to a 45-21 thrashing of Mitchell on Friday night at Mustang Stadium.
“I just wanted to hit the hole hard, and that’s what all the coaches have been telling me,” Land O’ Lakes running back Larenz Scroggins said. “I haven’t had a great first couple of games, but I wanted to ball out and show what I can do.”
Scroggins rushed for 126 yards on 15 carries, and his 57-yard touchdown with 6:11 left proved to be the back-breaker.
Christian Trinidad (20 carries, 144 yards) scored on a 13-yard sweep to give Mitchell (2-2, 0-1) a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
Land O’ Lakes (4-0, 1-0) came back, and quarterback James Pensyl (18 of 30, 279 yards) found Javin Tandy for an 83-yard touchdown. Pensyl added an 11-yard scoring run later in the quarter.
The Gators added a 22-yard touchdown run from receiver Ethan Weilant (33 yards rushing) for a 21-7 lead.
Mitchell could not find an answer Land O’ Lakes’ up-tempo offense, as the Gators tallied 512 total yards (279 passing, 233 rushing) and turned over the football once. The Mustangs’ vaunted Wing-T attack was held to 148 yards on 37 carries.
“We told our kids to take this season one game at a time, one week at a time,” Land O’ Lakes coach Brian Wachtel said. “That was a good Mitchell team we played, and they’re going to do some good things in the district.”