WESLEY CHAPEL — There was a sense of excitement flowing through Wiregrass Ranch’s sidelines Friday night.
Maybe it was because it was homecoming week.
Or maybe it was last week’s loss to Clearwater Central Catholic fueling the Bulls’ rage.
Whatever the case, Wiregrass put together an offensive showcase, piling up 328 yards on the ground en route to a 49-7 thrashing of Fivay in a Class 4A, District 6 matchup.
“We felt like we had some unfinished business to take care of from last week,” Wiregrass coach Jeremy Shobe said. “We are clicking right now, at the right time. Our home game here in two weeks is going to be a huge one for us. We don’t take anybody lightly and we’re going to get ready for Tarpon Springs here in two weeks.”
Wiregrass (3-3, 2-0) took less then two minutes to find the end zone, after quarterback James Tringali (12-of-17, 164 yards) connected with Donovan Blackman for a 26-yard score and 7-0 lead. The Bulls added two more first-quarter scores to stretch their advantage to 22-0.
Fivay found it difficult to move the ball in the first half, as the Bulls held the Falcons to 62 total yards and did not allow them past the 50-yard line.
In the second half, the Bulls worked on their rushing attack and received stellar efforts from Jamel Nunez (nine carries, 82 yards), Matt Terry (three carries, 37 yards) and Nick Lomba (four carries, 97 yards) who added a 74-yard scamper into the end zone with 6:06 left in the third.
The Falcons got on the board with 7:53 left in the fourth quarter on an 3-yard float pass from Eric Vitale to Kevin Faulkner. Vitale finished 3-of-5 for 38 yards.
“We have some young kids who made some mistakes and that’s going to happen,” Fivay coach Chris Taylor said.