HOLIDAY — Gulf spoiled Anclote's homecoming in a 33-20 victory. The game looked if it was going to be a offensive struggle, but former Shark and current Bucs senior Kris Aratchiysky put Gulf on the scoreboard late in the first quarter when he punched his way into the end zone.
Then Anclote's John Forgione hit Ryan Patterson a 30-yard pass to tie the score at 7. Bucs junior Ty'Shawn Peters, who started in place of Will Fulmer, threw a 90-yard pass to Julio Vega to put the Bucs (5-3, 2-3) up before the half.
Trailing by three in the third quarter, the Sharks (1-6, 0-5) looked like they were mounting a comeback. But on the following kickoff Aratchiysky took the ball to the 5-yard line and later scored from 3 yards out putting, the Bucs up by two touchdowns. Aratchiysky finished with 21 carries for 96 yards and two touchdowns.
The Sharks forced the Bucs to punt twice late but were unable to capitalize.
Rodney Robinson, Times correspondent