DADE CITY — Pasco got what everyone expected by scheduling a small private school from across the state with just 17 players.
A blowout and a running clock in the second half.
The host Pirates ran away — literally — with a 54-27 win over Class 2A Ormond Beach Calvary Christian in a game that wasn't even as close as the score might indicate. Pasco led 14-0 before running its first play from scrimmage and 54-6 at halftime.
"I guess it was fun," said Pasco quarterback Jacob Guy, who passed for 114 yards and three touchdowns while playing only the first half. "You never want to see a game like this. Next week is really going to be our first game."
The Pirates, a 5A school, are at Land O'Lakes next week in a matchup touted as featuring Pasco County's top two teams.
Janarion Grant and Trey Dudley-Giles lived up to their billing as scoring threats. Grant returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown. Four plays later, Dudley-Giles scored on a 69-yard punt return. One play after another Lions punt, Grant broke off right tackle for a 48-yard touchdown.
Dudley-Giles and Grant each added two touchdowns, Dudley-Giles on passes from Guy of 58 and 6 yards, Grant on a 51-yard catch and 24-yard run.
Backups took over in the second half for the Pirates, and the Lions capitalized for all but six of their 27 points.
Derek Zak completed 17 of 24 passes for 279 yards, including touchdown passes of 47 and 9 yards to Cameron Hadley. Hadley had nine catches for 186 yards. Malcolm Postell added scoring runs of 1 and 36 yards.