BUSHNELL — The Zephyrhills Bulldogs fought hard, but fell to South Sumter 38-15 in a Class 5A, District 6 contest Friday night.
South Sumter (4-0, 1-0) took advantage of two Bulldog turnovers in the first quarter, which led to a Wes Moir 27-yard field goal and a 2-yard touchdown rush by Tafario McKrachon for a 17-3 Raiders lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, Jordan Roberts scampered past the South Sumter kickoff coverage team for an 81-yard touchdown to pull within 17-9.
That was as close as Zephyrhills (3-1, 0-1) got, as South Sumter tacked on three more touchdowns for a 38-9 lead with 9:09 remaining in the fourth quarter. Two of the touchdowns were scored by Raiders running back Anderson Faulk from 21 and 1 yard out.
The Bulldogs never quit, but it was too little, too late when junior quarterback Ty Tanner connected with senior receiver Devon Brockington for a 9-yard touchdown pass with 30.2 seconds remaining.
The Bulldogs led briefly when Zack Gleaton kicked a 38-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead off after a Quinton Foster fumble recovery. The Raiders held the Bulldogs to 12 first-half yards.
“We made tons of mistakes tonight,” Bulldogs coach Reginald Roberts said. “We don’t make the mistakes, the game is closer. I hope we’ll meet again, but we have to win out in district.”
The game was delayed for an extensive period in the third quarter when Bulldog T.J. Lee went down with an injury. He was transported from the field via ambulance. The nature of his injury was unknown at press time.