GULFPORT — Denzal Dillard ran for 107 yards and scored two of Boca Ciega's three second-quarter touchdowns as the Pirates pulled away from the Warhawks 27-7 on Friday night.
Quarterback Shaquille Bradford started the Pirates' scoring with a 24-yard touchdown run. Dillard then scored on 15-yard run midway through the second and added 25-yarder to increase the lead to 19-0 at the half.
The Warhawks were led by Trevor Sand, who rushed for 141 yards on 14 carries. His 50-yard TD run in the third quarter closed it to 19-7.
But Bradford, who was 10-for-20 for 171 yards, hit Phadrae White for a 5-yard score.
"This was a much-needed win in order to salvage the season," coach Stevie Thomas said. "The win was a morale booster."
Phillip Haywood, Times correspondent