DADE CITY — As Mike Clower and Jamie Byrd stood on the sidelines with their pads off in the third quarter, both talked about wanting to play the best.
They spoke about wanting to face Class 3A No. 1 Jefferson and what the dream matchup may be like when the playoffs come around. After defeating Pasco County's other power, Land O'Lakes, last week, Pasco dismantled Mitchell 52-0 at W.F. Edwards Stadium on Friday night in a 3A-7 matchup.
"Last week's victory really makes us feel like we can do anything now," quarterback Jacob Guy said. "We can't take anybody lightly, especially with these last few games. We've got to treat every game like it is Land O'Lakes and we're on television."
After jumping out to a 20-0 first-quarter lead, the Pirates (8-0, 6-0) harassed Mustangs quarterback Matt Michaels (6-of-16, 54 yards) most of the night, forcing the senior to throw three interceptions and holding him to 5 yards on seven carries.
The array of weapons offensively for Pasco was on full display, as four players scored, with wide receiver Trey Dudley-Giles accounting for three touchdowns.
Giles' most impressive touchdown came off a 74-yard punt return. The the junior broke a couple tackles and weaved his way through defenders for the score.
"We've got so many weapons on offense you kind of get mad when you don't find the end zone," Clower said. "But as long as we win we're doing good."
Mitchell (5-4, 3-3) was held to 40 rushing yards. The Pirates outgained Mitchell 420-94 in total yards, but Pasco did commit 11 penalties for 70 yards.