HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCORES
(4-1, 2-0) Hudson 43, (0-5, 0-2) Gulf 7
HUDSON — A little more than a year removed from a long losing streak, the revitalization of the Hudson Cobras as a Pasco County power is complete.
With their victory over Gulf, the Cobras cemented themselves as a contender for the 5A-7 crown.
Hudson leaned on the usual suspects to lead it to victory.
Joey Caruso threw for 106 yards and rushed for 59 yards and two scores.
Noah Siegrist entered the game with 551 yards rushing, and he added 112 yards and two touchdowns.
Two-way player Zach Russell was all over the field. He scored the game’s first touchdown on a 37-yard run, and in the third quarter with Gulf threatening, he picked off a pass and weaved his way down the field 85 yards for a touchdown.
Gulf was playing without standout quarterback Avery Welch because of an ankle injury, and the Bucs struggled on offense.
One bright spot was sophomore Malik Cobb, who finished with 73 yards rushing and a touchdown.
(3-3, 2-0) Anclote 13, (2-4, 1-1) River Ridge 0
HOLIDAY — Anclote is at it again. And just like during last season’s late playoff run, it’s a bruising rushing attack and stifling defense that are leading the way.
Trent Crawford and Willie Barrett paced a ground game that gained 164 yards and the Sharks came up with two critical defensive stops to earn a victory against River Ridge.
“We knew we had to stop (Pasco County rushing leader Ben Perdomo) and we did,” Anclote coach Matt Wicks said. “The past few weeks, our kids have lit up on game day and this was no different.”
The win is Anclote’s third straight after an 0-3 start, but more importantly, it puts the Sharks at 2-0 and atop the Class 5A-District 7 standings. A season ago, Anclote was 0-4, before winning six straight to clinch its first state playoff berth.
For three quarters, Brandon Vinkler’s 25-yard scoring pass to Austin Rumer provided the game’s only points. With a defense that limited Perdomo to 67 yards on 20 carries — which included one carry for 57 yards — and recorded six sacks and stopped drives that reached its 4 and 33, Anclote held on until Barrett’s 2-yard plunge with a minute remaining sealed the win.
(5-1, 1-1) Sunlake 20, (3-3, 0-2) Mitchell 3
LAND O’ LAKES — In a Class 6A-District 6 game that Sunlake coach Bill Browning didn’t hesitate to call a must-win, the Seahawks overcame the loss of their starting quarterback by shutting down Mitchell’s vaunted running game in a dominant defensive effort.
Sunlake (5-1, 1-1) held the Mustangs (3-3, 0-2) to 69 total yards and forced four turnovers, including interceptions by Joey Baptiste, Austin Yeloushan and Jacob Guzman.
“It kept us in the hunt,” Browning said of the victory. Both teams lost their district openers and were trying to avoid a second district defeat. “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out.”
Seahawks quarterback Dayton Feiden suffered an apparent left knee injury on Sunlake’s opening drive and did not return.
Backup Esteban LeWallen finished the game, completing six of 11 passes for 44 yards and rushing for 28 yards.
Running back Nathan Johnson continued his breakout junior campaign with 27 carries for 151 yards and both Sunlake touchdowns. Johnson has rushed for at least 100 yards and a touchdown in five consecutive games.
Chris Wilkinson added field goals of 32 and 30 yards.
(5-1, 2-0) Springstead 34, (2-3, 0-1) Fivay 0
HUDSON — A new district foe stood in Fivay’s way Friday night, as Spring Hill Springstead traveled to Falcon Stadium for an important Class 6A-District 6 matchup.
Behind a strong rushing attack and tenacious defense, the Eagles were able to control the contest throughout.
Springstead (5-0, 2-0) opened up the scoring, capping a nine-play, 73-yard drive with a 33-yard touchdown run by junior running back Robert Holdway with 7:27 left in the first quarter.
The Eagles stayed with an efficient, uptempo option attack and rolled up 184 yards rushing by halftime.
Fivay (2-3, 0-1) gained only 13 yards on the ground off 13 carries.
By intermission, the Eagles added three more scores and limited the Falcons to 27 yards, including holding senior tailback Davion Sutton (14 carries, 55 yards) to 1 yard on seven touches.
Eagles quarterback Tyler Mahla was taken out of the game midway through the third quarter, with Springstead up 34-0. Mahla completed seven of 12 passes for 47 yards and added 139 yards rushing on 10 attempts.
Fivay quarterback Eric Vitale completed two of 15 passes for 14 yards and was hindered by six drops by his wide receivers.
Springstead 7 21 6 0 — 34
(1-5, 1-1) Ridgewood 30, (0-5, 0-2) Wesley Chapel 27
NEW PORT RICHEY — Ridgewood got its first victory of the season by defeating visiting Wesley Chapel in a Class 5A-District 7 matchup Friday night.
The Rams’ ground game was the deciding factor. Ridgewood’s rushing attack (328 yards) surpassed Wesley Chapel’s total offensive output (238 yards).
Glass Wilson led the Rams’ offense with 242 yards on 38 carries.
The Wildcats (0-5) opened the scoring with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Scott Edwards to Duane Lewis.
The Rams (1-5) answered with a 7-yard touchdown pass from Nick Michaels to Jerry Opalka.
The Wildcats scored two more times — on a 9-yard run by Jose Williams, then on a 76-yard punt return by Mark Labarbera — for a 21-6 lead at halftime.
Labarbera finished the game with 14 carries for 118 yards.
The Rams came out in the second half with a big third quarter, scoring 24 points to take the lead.
The game-winner came on a 34-yard pass from Michaels to Chris Grant in the third quarter.
OTHER SCORES AROUND PASCO:
(3-3, 2-0) Gaither 34, (2-3, 0-2) Wiregrass Ranch 14
(6-0, 3-0) South Sumter 38, (2-3, 0-2) Pasco 14
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