WESLEY CHAPEL — Friday was the beginning of the high school football season, and nobody seemed more prepared than Sunlake.
The Seahawks visited Wiregrass Ranch and walked out with a 43-6 win. Rashaud Daniels got things started for Sunlake scoring from 1 yard out. The Seahawks converted on a two-point conversion to take an 8-0 lead and never looked back.
Daniels led the team in rushing, with 91 yards on 12 carries and had more touchdowns (three) than the entire Wiregrass. Quarterback Jacob Jackson also chipped with 75 rushing yards.
Wiregrass was unable to stop the Seahawks' rushing attack, which totaled 271 yards.
Early on Wiregrass looked like it might make a game of it, also scoring on its first drive. Wiregrass quarterback James Tringali completed six of his first seven passes for 50 yards, which included a 5-yard touchdown pass to Nick Lomba. But Tringali but ended up going 3-for-12 the rest of the game.
Sunlake's defense also stepped up, forcing four Bulls turnovers, two fumbles and two interceptions.
Wiregrass coach Jeremy Shobe said his team needed to play better fundamentally, including protecting the football.