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Tue. July 27, 2010 | Izzy Gould | Email

Pasco coach Tom McHugh took the Pirates to the Florida Premier 7-on-7 tournament at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex in Kissimmee last weekend where his players got at least three experiences.

First, they played some of the state's top teams such as Armwood, Deland and Winter Park. Second, they were able to test real defensive schemes against some of the state's top athletes. Third, it was a good team-building experience, as they simply spent an entire weekend together away from Dade City.

"I didn't care win or lose," McHugh said. "I know the kids did, but for me it was to see how they reacted if they. It was pretty good competition. Getting to see these kids and knowing they can compete with them athletically was a big deal."

Pasco had attended similar camps in the past such as the USF Sling 'n Shoot, but this offered a little more variety with a chance to see teams such as Daytona Beach Seabreeze, Treasure Coast and Dunnellon.

Another bonus for McHugh was seeing the development of first-year starting quarterback Jacob Guy, who replaces D.J. Clower. Guy (6-foot-4, 180 pounds) completed 13-of-19 passes for 159 yards and one touchdown.

"Last year, he played sparingly behind D.J.," McHugh said. "I think he was looking to put to use what he learned in practice. Those competitions get pretty heated. You have some pretty good athletes."

McHugh said Pasco lost to Armwood in the final 30 seconds, and fell to Winter Park 28-26.

igould@tampabay.com

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