HOLIDAY — Anclote coach Matt Wicks’ game plan coming into Friday night’s game with Anclote was to control the clock and use a “ground and pound approach.”
His Sharks executed to perfection, racking up more than 300 yards on the ground in a 44-21 victory over Fivay.
The victory was Anclote’s first over the Falcons in a budding rivalry between two of the newest programs in Pasco County.
Trent Crawford led the ground attack, running for 141 yards on 20 carries and scoring three touchdowns. Willie Barrett contributed 115 yards and a score, and converted receiver Jonte Scott rushed for 45 yards and a score on six carries.
Anclote (2-3) got off to a quick start on a pair of field goals by C.J. Peppe. Barrett’s 45-yard touchdown run put the Sharks up 13-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Down 20-0 in the second quarter, Fivay (2-2) stormed back on an 80-yard touchdown run by Davion Sutton. He added another score to cut the deficit to six. The Falcon senior finished with 115 yards on 19 carries.
Fivay took the lead 21-20 just before the half on a 22-yard pass from Eric Vitale to Trenton Soto.
The second half was all Anclote as the Shark defense, led by Andrew Janus, held the Falcons in check.
Wicks was pleased with his team’s effort in the second half .
“We kept our composure, and we made some adjustments. Our kids played their tails off.”