WESLEY CHAPEL — Kendall Pearcey made the most of his chance to be the feature back. He scored a career-high six touchdowns Friday night, leading Steinbrenner to a 56-0 blowout over host Wiregrass Ranch in a Class 7A, District 7 matchup.
Pearcey, whose previous best was three touchdowns in an earlier win over Riverview, scored on runs of 12, 14, 15 and 6 yards. But his two touchdowns on punt returns of 56 and 65 yards electrified the visiting sidelines.
"It's amazing," the junior running back said. "I didn't think it was possible to get six touchdowns in one game. It feels really good."
Pearcey, who gained a game-high 112 yards on 16 carries, was the feature back in part due to injuries to Jake Carroll and Shaheem Barthel.
"He said, 'Give the ball to me,' " Steinbrenner coach Floyd Graham said.
The Warriors also capitalized on six turnovers by the Bulls, including three by quarterback Jake Day who missed half a dozen games due to injury. Day fumbled twice on errant pitches in the backfield and threw one of three interceptions. Jamal Nunez and Jamie Barone also were intercepted.
Andrew Feldhaus turned two of those turnovers into touchdowns. The senior defensive back scored on a 52-yard fumble return and brought back an interception 12 yards into the end zone.
The winless Bulls could muster little on offense; Eli Galvin was their statistical leader on offense with just 25 rushing yards.