LAND O'LAKES — Sunlake almost ruined a dominating first-half performance by letting Wiregrass Ranch get within a touchdown in the second half, but came away with a 17-12 win Friday night.
Wiregrass Ranch had minus-26 yards of offense in the opening half and failed to break the line of scrimmage until the third quarter.
Sunlake quarterback Josh Zifer and running back Eddie Burgos carried the Seahawks. Zifer recovered from an opening-play interception by finishing the first half 10-of-15 with 115 yards, including a touchdown pass to Burgos.
Burgos' rushing touchdown and a Connor Gilboy field goal gave Sunlake (2-0) a 17-0 halftime lead.
The Bulls (0-2) started the third quarter with their first positive-yardage play and recovered a Sunlake fumble to set up Jake Day's rushing touchdown.
Sunlake lost six of seven fumbles, including one with less than six minutes remaining with 17-12 lead. The defense held, though, keeping the Bulls from scoring again.
"We've just got to hang onto the football better," Sunlake coach Bill Browning said. "Our defense kept us in the game."