HUDSON — Anclote did its part Friday night with a 28-12 win away to Hudson. With Fivay’s win and Zephyrhills’ loss, the Sharks will participate in a tiebreaker Monday.
“It’s going to be a shootout,” Anclote coach Scott Wicks said.
A defensive battle in the first quarter was interrupted by a broken play by the Sharks. On the 1-yard line, a goal-line stop by the Cobras resulted in a pitch back to running back Willie Barrett, who rounded the scrum to get into the end zone for the opening touchdown.
Hudson (3-6, 3-4) was stuck with a few four-and-outs before putting together a nice drive at the end of the second quarter. Quarterback Owen Derksen faked a handoff and circled back across the field for a 17-yard touchdown run. Nathan Binder’s point after attempt was wide.
Anclote (5-4, 5-2) responded with a touchdown on the next drive before the end of the half, as quarterback John Forgione found Keshaun Dampier with a 5-yard pass with less than a minute remaining.
Hudson running back Noah Siegrist left the game with an injury.
The second half did not start off well for the Cobras. Deep in their territory, Derksen was intercepted by Shymere Carter, who returned it for a touchdown. After a bad snap, Andrew Janus ran the ball for a two-point conversion.
In the fourth quarter, Derksen was intercepted again after leading the Cobras into scoring position. Barrett ran for a 90-yard touchdown on the next play, putting the game out of reach.
“We thought we’d be able to pass the ball easily,” Wicks said. “When it wasn’t working, we decided to feed the bulldozer.”
Derksen rushed for another touchdown late, but it was too late for the Cobras to mount a comeback.