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Football: Pasco 61, Wiregrass Ranch 0

DADE CITY — Not that heavily favored Pasco needed the gifts, but host Wiregrass Ranch, now working on its second winless season, lost six of nine fumbles in Friday's steady downpour.

The 61-0 win extended the Pirates' Tampa Bay area-best streak to 30 while giving the Bulls 14 straight losses dating to 2010.

"They did a good job in a bad situation," Pasco coach Tom McHugh said of his team's play in inclement weather. "I don't like to play in this, but it teaches them that they can play in this."

Before some fans even got settled in their seats, Pasco (2-0) built a 14-0 lead on Malik Johns' punt returns of 67 and 42 yards for touchdowns.

An interception by Pasco's Phillip Wilson on the Bulls' ensuing possession set up the first of two touchdown passes from Jajuan Henry to Nate Craig and the rout was on. Henry and David Emmanuel added scoring runs to give the Pirates a 34-0 halftime lead.

Wiregrass Ranch (0-3) did not get the ball past midfield until Vinny Haider recovered a fumble at Pasco's 43-yard line in the waning minutes of the first half, but the drive stalled after backup quarterback Zach Davidson was sacked at midfield on a fourth-down play.

Turnovers marred the second half for Wiregrass Ranch with Pasco's Ben Chandler scoring on a 31-yard fumble return by picking off an attempted pitchout from Jake Day to Ryan Shea.

Not unexpectedly, a running clock sped things up in the fourth quarter.

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Football: Pasco 61, Wiregrass Ranch 0 09/14/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 6:31pm]
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