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Sat. August 30, 2014 | Steve Lee

ZEPHYRHILLS — Playing in front of 1998 Zephyrhills High graduate Ryan Pickett, a 13-year NFL veteran defensive tackle who was not re-signed by the Packers, the Bulldogs romped. Jaylen Pickett, Ryan’s nephew, ran for two touchdowns and recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for another.

Key drive: Zephyrhills scored on its first two possessions with Antwione Sims running for a 74-yard touchdown on the fourth play of the game and Ty Tanner’s 49-yard quarterback keeper setting up the first of Pickett’s two short scoring runs.

Play of the game: The play that put the game away was linebacker Zack Bedley’s interception of Austin Sessums’ ill-advised pass on a quarterback scramble late in the third quarter. Zedley lumbered into the end zone from 14 yards to give the Bulldogs a 35-9 lead.

Stars of the game: Pickett’s teammate Lorine Parker atoned for an early fumble by rushing for a game-high 123 yards, including an 81-yard TD burst up the middle. Wesley Chapel quarterback Scott Edwards had his team’s longest run, a 64-yard TD scramble.

Stats of the game: Zephyrhills outran Wesley Chapel 352-127.

Final word: “We pounded the football. We ran the football Bulldog-style.” — Zephyrhills coach Reggie Roberts

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