HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCORES
(3-2) Mitchell 24, (2-3) River Ridge 21
NEW PORT RICHEY — At the start of the game, it was learned that Mitchell running back Christian Trinidad would not play because of a shoulder injury.
Fortunately for the Mustangs, Nate Boler and Ryan Marsh picked up the slack, leading Mitchell (3-2) to a dramatic victory over host River Ridge (2-3).
Royal Knights running back Ben Perdomo led the team in rushing with 186 yards, including two touchdowns.
After Boler scored on a 52-yard run toward the end of the third quarter, River Ridge came back with two sustained touchdown drives to tie the score at 21.
With seconds remaining, Mitchell's John Schwindt calmly booted a 33-yard field goal for the win.
For Mitchell, Boler rushed for 126 yards and Marsh finished with 78 yards.
During the second half, only one pass was attempted, an incomplete toss by River Ridge's Patrick Mathieson.
The Mustangs defense was led by linebacker Larry Couch, who had 19 tackles.
Next week, Mitchell is at Sunlake and River Ridge is at Anclote.
River Ridge 7 0 0 14 — 21
(2-3) Anclote 44, (2-2) Fivay 21
HOLIDAY — Anclote broke open a tight game in the second half to beat Fivay in a non-district matchup.
The Sharks (2-3) came out of the gate quickly on offense, with a 45-yard touchdown run by Willie Barrett (19 carries 115 yards) to put them in the lead.
Fivay (2-2) would answer with a run of its own when Davion Sutton (15 carries, 134 yards) took one 80 yards for a score.
The Falcons scored on a 1-yard run by Sutton and a 21-yard pass from Eric Vitale to Christian Coleman as Fivay took a 21-20 lead into the half.
The Sharks would lean on the running game in the second half, with Trent Crawford scoring on a 37-yard run. Crawford had 141 yards on 20 carries. Jonte Scott added a 3-yard run to put the Falcons in a deep hole.
Anclote's ground game racked up 313 yards in the victory.
Anclote hosts River Ridge next Friday in a 5A-7 district matchup, while Fivay hosts a 6A-6 contest against Springstead.
(4-1) Sunlake 22, (0-5) Ridgewood 0
NEW PORT RICHEY — Sunlake boasted Pasco County's stingiest defense coming into Friday night's game against Ridgewood, giving up less than five points a game.
The Seahawks defense didn't disappoint against the Rams, pitching a shutout, and the offense woke up in the second half to propel Sunlake to victory.
After forcing Ridgewood into a three-and-out to start the game, Sunlake went 60 yards in eights plays, as Nathan Johnson scored from two yards out to give the Seahawks a 6-0 lead.
Ridgewood's defense, led by linebackers Jerry Opalka and Josh Sojka, stiffened after that and the Rams held Sunlake to 79 yards of offense in the first half.
Ridgewood moved the ball well on the ground behind Glass Wilson (19 carries, 100 yards), but Sunlake kept the Rams out of the end zone.
In the second half, Johnson and Sunlake's offensive line took over. The junior tailback seemed to get stronger as the game wore on. He rushed for 114 of his 147 yards in the second half.
Johnson's 31-yard touchdown in the third quarter gave the Seahawks a 15-0 lead, and Dayton Feiden's 1-yard touchdown run capped the night's scoring.
(5-0) Land O' Lakes 31, (0-4) Gulf 20
NEW PORT RICHEY — Land O' Lakes resorted to its running game last week, which racked up more than 200 yards.
This time around, the Gators (5-0) used several different facets, including another strong rushing game, to defeat feisty Gulf at Des Little Stadium in a Sunshine Athletic Conference matchup.
Scoring opened up midway through the first quarter, as Land O' Lakes quarterback James Pensyl (14 of 31, 119 yards) found wide receiver Liam Heaney on a 3-yard touchdown pass to go up 7-0. Later in the quarter, running back Larenz Scroggins (16 carries, 171 yards) rumbled in from 37 yards out with 58 seconds left in the first period. Gulf (0-4) was held to 100 yards of offense in the first half.
Gulf pulled within 24-20 on a 6-yard scoring run by Joey Nickerson (17 carries, 78 yards) with 13.6 seconds left in the third quarter. Scroggins was able to seal the game for Land O' Lakes with 8:30 remaining as the tailback scored from 5 yards out and put the Gators up 31-20.
Miscues and turnovers hindered the Buccaneers as Gulf turned over the football three times on the night. Land O' Lakes finished the night with 13 first downs and Gulf had 12.
Land O' Lakes 14 7 3 7 — 31
OTHER SCORES AROUND PASCO:
(4-1, 1-1) Zephyrhills 42, (1-4, 0-2) Weeki Wachee 7
(2-2, 2-0) Nature Coast Tech 29, (2-2, 0-1) Pasco 28