Monday, May 21, 2018
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Football: Pasco 45, Ridgewood 0

DADE CITY — Pasco's Tom McHugh became the winningest coach in school history, thanks to Friday's 45-0 shutout of Class 5A, District 6 rival Ridgewood (1-8, 1-5), but all he could think about was the next game.

Being that next week's matchup is widely known as the 9-Mile War against Zephyrhills and is the county's oldest rivalry, he had a valid reason.

Not one to reflect on any milestones during a season, Pasco's sixth-year coach, who improved to 59-11, offered a perspective on passing Perry Brown (58-22 at Pasco from 1989-1995).

"I look at it as one game at a time," McHugh said. "I think it's for the kids. I want them to do the best that they can do. That's what coaching's all about."

Five-time district champion Pasco (8-0, 6-0) earned its sixth shutout this season. Although they racked up 190 yards in penalties, the Pirates offset that with 355 yards on offense and ballhawking defense that forced five turnovers. Two of those — interceptions by Phillip Wilson and Jajuan Henry — were returned for touchdowns.

Ridgewood quarterback Will Fulmer struggled, throwing three interceptions, including a pick by Janarion Grant in his second game back from a broken hand.

Grant also had touchdown runs of 4 and 33 yards for seven in two games since he returned to the lineup. Pasco's other scores came on a 15-yard pass from Ben Chandler to Brandon Ray, who also kicked a 36-yard field goal, and a 59-yard run by James McClinton.

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