NEW PORT RICHEY — Gulf had a rough start to its season Friday, falling 43-0 to West Palm Beach King's Academy.
King's Academy didn't take long before making a strong impression on the Buccaneers, scoring less than a minute into the game when Nate Cannon picked up a fumble to make it 6-0.
King's Academy didn't let up from there, scoring 30 points in the opening quarter, including two that were set up by interceptions and one by a fumble.
Lions running back Garrett Larson accounted for three touchdowns on the night.
Michael Malacinski was a bright spot for the Bucs, finishing with 45 yards in returns and 20 yards on two rushes.
King's Academy wrapped up scoring for the game in the second quarter, with two more touchdowns.
The Bucs played tougher defense in the second half, which used a running clock, and held the Lions to only three first downs.
Bradley Schenk, Times correspondent