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Tue. September 15, 2009 | Izzy Gould | Email

A few observations from Wiregrass Ranch's 13-7 victory against Zephyrhills on Monday.

* Bulls running back Josh Johnson might be the most overlooked running back on the North Suncoast. Unofficially, Johnson had 28 carriers for 153 yards and a touchdown. In Week 1, he ran 20 times for 196 yards and touchdown. And not to jinx it, but he has not fumbled in the regular season. Asked if he thought Johnson was underrated, first-year Bulls coach Jeremy Shobe said, "I think he's one of the best running backs. The kids a stud. He had 200 in the classic, close to 200 against Sunlake and was 50 yards from that against Zephyrhills. So yeah, you could say he's underrated."
Based on current statistics, Johnson's 349 total yards would rank him third among North Suncoast rushers behind Mitchell's Ricky Trinidad (402 yards, two TDs) and Nature Coast's Tevin Drake (370 yards, six TDs).

* Wiregrass Ranch's secondary is solid. Cornerback Rudy Walker made two huge plays first with a pass breakup in the end zone on a deep pass by Zephyrhills quarterback Charles Smith. Had he not tipped it away, the pass would have been caught for a touchdown. Walker then nabbed on interception on ashovel pass by Smith, who made a mistake under pressure delivering the pass into Walker's belly. Bulls corner Antwan Prince, also picked off Smith.

* Smith is an accurate passer. Despite two interceptions, Smith's passes were quick and accurate. He finished 7-of-14 with 144 yards with a 1-yard run for a touchdown.

* Wiregrass and Zephyrhills are both solid teams. The Bulls have hard hitting linebackers, a solid secondary and the result has been yielding just 16 points in two weeks, and only 10 with starters in the game. The Bulldogs have some fast running backs and a solid quarterback.

igould@sptimes.com

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