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1255163 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-06 04:25:36.0 UTC 2012-10-06T00:25:36.000-04:00 football-lakewood-ranch-41-tarpon-springs-34 Published 2012-10-06 04:29:33.0 UTC 2012-10-06T00:29:33.000-04:00 sports/footballpreps DTI 97990274 TARPON SPRINGS — Last week, Tarpon Springs fell victim to a furious second-half comeback and lost by four to Northeast. Friday, in a crucial district matchup again Lakewood Ranch, the Spongers almost produced a late rally of their own. Tarpon Springs, which trailed by 21 with less than five minutes remaining, scored two quick touchdowns to get within seven but couldn't complete the comeback in a 41-34 loss. "We've got some growing up to do," Tarpon Springs coach Ron Hawn said. "We're struggling. That's a game that we should have won. Last week was a game that we should have won." After a 55-minute lightning delay during halftime, Lakewood Ranch (4-2, 2-0) grabbed momentum and a big lead early in the third quarter. The Mustangs ran the ball on seven straight plays after the break, taking a 27-14 lead on Chris Pearcey's 13-yard touchdown run off right tackle. After a Spongers three-and-out, Lakewood Ranch pushed the lead to 34-14 on a well-thrown, 60-yard play action pass from Chad Rex to Ty Mcleod. Tarpon Springs (3-3, 1-1) climbed back with a 6-yard touchdown run from Kenyatta Merriex with 8:31 left. That score was set up by an 85-yard carry from Michael Ford (11 carries, 135 yards). The Mustangs, though, answered immediately, going 48 yards in eight plays after a failed Spongers onside kick. Pearcey's 14-yard run gave Lakewood Ranch a 41-20 advantage. Merriex hit Allen Wilson for a 31-yard touchdown on a double reverse flea flicker to cut the score to 41-27 with 4:07 remaining. The Spongers recovered the onside kick and needed just three plays to score again when Collins rushed for a 17-yard touchdown on a zone-read quarterback keeper. But that was the last time the Spongers would have the ball. Lakewood Ranch recovered the Spongers' third onside kick of the game and ran out the clock. Tarpon Springs showed off a punishing ground attack on the opening drive, running the ball on six of its first seven plays and going ahead 7-0 on a 5-yard run from Ford. Bryan Burns, Times Correspondent Preps,Pinellas,Sports Football: Lakewood Ranch 41, Tarpon Springs 34 TJOHNSONN 4STC Sports 0 Star dhvns6epb07r dhvns Comeback comes up short for Tarpon <p><table border = "1"><tr><td>Lakewood Ranch</td><td>41</td></tr><tr><td>Tarpon Springs</td><td>34</td></tr></table></p> Pinellas 4 pin_tarpon100612 Comeback comes up short for Tarpon 2012-10-06 04:00:00.0 UTC 2012-10-06T00:00:00.000-04:00 false templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2012/10/06/97990274-football-lakewood-ranch-41-tarpon-springs-34 StaffArticle 2012-11-21 02:44:57.0 UTC 2012-11-20T21:44:57.000-05:00 sports,prepsHigh School SportsTARPON SPRINGS — Last week, Tarpon Springs fell victim to a furious second-half comeback and lost by four to Northeast.Preps,Pinellas,SportsPreps,Pinellas,Sports<span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">BRYAN BURNS</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Correspondent 2291029 2016-08-26 01:57:34.0 UTC 4 Days Ago football-jesuit-39-lakewood-ranch-3 sports/footballpreps Football: Jesuit 39, Lakewood Ranch 3 StaffArticle 2291228 2016-08-27 05:52:35.0 UTC 3 Days Ago football-clearwater-22-tarpon-springs-10 sports/footballpreps Football: Clearwater 22, Tarpon Springs 10 StaffArticle 2290310 2016-08-20 02:16:25.0 UTC 1 Week Ago preseason-football-tarpon-springs-7-anclote-0-in-game-shortened-by sports/footballpreps Preseason football: Tarpon Springs 7, Anclote 0 in game shortened by lightning StaffArticle <p>TARPON SPRINGS — Last week, Tarpon Springs fell victim to a furious second-half comeback and lost by four to Northeast.</p> <p>Friday, in a crucial district matchup again Lakewood Ranch, the Spongers almost produced a late rally of their own.</p> <p>Tarpon Springs, which trailed by 21 with less than five minutes remaining, scored two quick touchdowns to get within seven but couldn't complete the comeback in a 41-34 loss.</p> <p>&quot;We've got some growing up to do,&quot; Tarpon Springs coach Ron Hawn said. &quot;We're struggling. That's a game that we should have won. Last week was a game that we should have won.&quot;</p> <p>After a 55-minute lightning delay during halftime, Lakewood Ranch (4-2, 2-0) grabbed momentum and a big lead early in the third quarter. The Mustangs ran the ball on seven straight plays after the break, taking a 27-14 lead on Chris Pearcey's 13-yard touchdown run off right tackle.</p> <p>After a Spongers three-and-out, Lakewood Ranch pushed the lead to 34-14 on a well-thrown, 60-yard play action pass from Chad Rex to Ty Mcleod.</p> <p>Tarpon Springs (3-3, 1-1) climbed back with a 6-yard touchdown run from Kenyatta Merriex with 8:31 left. That score was set up by an 85-yard carry from Michael Ford (11 carries, 135 yards).</p> <p>The Mustangs, though, answered immediately, going 48 yards in eight plays after a failed Spongers onside kick. Pearcey's 14-yard run gave Lakewood Ranch a 41-20 advantage.</p> <p>Merriex hit Allen Wilson for a 31-yard touchdown on a double reverse flea flicker to cut the score to 41-27 with 4:07 remaining. The Spongers recovered the onside kick and needed just three plays to score again when Collins rushed for a 17-yard touchdown on a zone-read quarterback keeper.</p> <p>But that was the last time the Spongers would have the ball. Lakewood Ranch recovered the Spongers' third onside kick of the game and ran out the clock.</p> <p>Tarpon Springs showed off a punishing ground attack on the opening drive, running the ball on six of its first seven plays and going ahead 7-0 on a 5-yard run from Ford.</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:47:28