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Football: Gaither 39, Wiregrass Ranch 0

WESLEY CHAPEL — In a cross-county district showdown, Gaither came out victorious, 39-0 over Wiregrass Ranch.

Sophomore quarterback Alex McGough connected with Mitchell McNall on a 66-yard pass to go up 7-0 on the first series.

Gaither's next two drives ended in touchdowns from Jamari Cord's 62-yard run and McGough's 9-yard pass to Carlo Perello, putting the Cowboys up 19-0 at the end of the first.

Before heading into halftime, the Cowboys defense caused five turnovers, converting one into a 22-yard fumble recovery touchdown from Nick Sampson, increasing their lead to 26-0.

"They are going to keep us in the game for a long time," Gaither coach Jason Stokes said of his defense. "We had some adjustments to the offense this season. So offense is going to take a little time to come around. We aren't purring yet, but thank Christ for our defense. They played awesome."

Wiregrass Ranch utilized three quarterbacks, totaling 55 yards passing with no completions in eight attempts in the second half.

McGough finished 6 of 13 for 131 yards.

"This is what we are supposed to do," Stokes said. "This is our first district game and we had to come out and play hard and try to be as mistake free as possible."

Football: Gaither 39, Wiregrass Ranch 0 09/23/11 [Last modified: Friday, September 23, 2011 11:35pm]
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