NEW PORT RICHEY — Anclote picked up its second district victory of the season, defeating Gulf 34-21 Thursday.
The Sharks were led by Alonzo Pettiford, a former Gulf player, who caught six passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns; he added 51 rushing yards.
Anclote (2-5, 2-3) opened the scoring on an 80-yard touchdown pass to Pettiford from John Forgione. Gulf responded with a 53-yard rushing touchdown by Avery Welch. The Buccaneers (1-6, 1-5) extended their lead on a 32-yard run by Genaro Ramirez.
On Anclote's ensuing possession it was stopped on downs at the Gulf 40. The defense forced a punt, and after a bad snap Kevin Thompson punted to Thomas Heagle-Wright, who returned it 30 yards to cut the lead to one.
Right before halftime Forgione tossed a short screen pass to Pettiford, who broke it 80 yards for a touchdown. Anclote capitalized on the momentum, scoring on the first possession of the second half on a 20-yard run by Brevet Killett to take a 27-14 lead.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Forgione was sacked and fumbled in the end zone. Jeff Kruse recovered the ball and cut the lead to six.
Later in the quarter Anclote faced fourth and 11 from the Gulf 40. Pettiford came through again, catching a 33-yard pass from Killett to set up Willie Barrett's 22-yard touchdown.
"Pettiford's one of those kids, if he touches the ball he's going to score," said Anclote coach Matt Wicks.