GAINESVILLE — The opportunities were there for Hudson to sneak out of Citizens Field with a win over state-ranked Gainesville.
But those opportunities were not capitalized on and with top receiver James Tello out for the season, the odds just seemed to be too much. The Purple Hurricanes (10-1) ended four-year starter Zack Wynn's high school career with a 17-0 loss Friday night.
"I don't know if we had enough horses to steal this game, but we put ourselves in the best position we could to have a shot," Cobras coach Mark Nash said. "Taking the field without Zack Wynn is something I am not looking forward to."
Hudson's formula of putting together time-consuming drives and trick plays worked in the early going. On the Cobras' first drive, their 16-play, 65-yard drive that ended with Wynn's 32-yard field-goal attempt being partially blocked by Gainesville's Keyaries Berr with 5:28 left in the first quarter.
On the Cobras' next drive, they reached the Hurricanes' 23-yard line, but the drive ended with Wynn being sacked. Wynn finished 14-of-26 for 147 yards.
The Purple Hurricanes broke open the scoring with 6:33 remaining in the second quarter on Dallas Stubbs' 28-yard field goal.
Not more than two minutes later, Cobras running back Dylan Luke (13 carries, 58 yards) fumbled at the Cobras' 10-yard line. Two plays after that Miami Hurricanes commit Kevin Nelson scored from 2 yards, giving Gainesville a crucial 10-0 lead going into halftime.
In the second half, Hudson and Gainesville battled back and fourth, with the Hurricanes adding one more touchdown.
"You have to give credit to Hudson," Gainesville coach Ryan Smith said. "They did a fabulous job."