Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Football: Gulf 35, Wiregrass Ranch 20

WESLEY CHAPEL — For the first time in four seasons, Gulf is undefeated to open the regular season. The Buccaneers (1-0), who won only three games the past three seasons, rushed for 197 yards in the second half and held Wiregrass Ranch's (0-1) offense in check for the 35-20 upset.

Drive of the game: Faced with second and 9 from its own 21 in the second quarter, Gulf opened its bag of tricks to move the ball. Quarterback Keshaun Peters handed it off to running back RaiQwan Hayes, who rolled out and chucked it 43 yards to find the waiting hands of Tank Peters. Six plays later, Keshaun Peters took it in from the 1 to give the Buccaneers a lead they would not relinquish.

Plays of the game: Gulf's Uly Velez picked up a fumble by Wiregrass quarterback Zach Davidson and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown late in the second quarter.

Stars of the game: Avery Welch and Hayes combined for 104 of Gulf's 228 rushing yards. … Keshaun Peters was 5-for-12 passing for 102 yards. He also caught a 20-yard touchdown pass.

Final word: "Last week, we ran into a good football team (Berkeley Prep) and they showed us what preparation and hard work is all about and I think we showed up on Monday with a renewed attitude and we took care of business." — Gulf coach Jason Messamore

Jeff Odom, Times correspondent

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