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Football: Tarpon Springs 24, Dunedin 7

DUNEDIN — Kenyatta Merriex had an interception and two touchdowns during the second half to lead the Spongers.

Tied at 7 with 4:06 left in the third quarter, Merriex picked off Mack Benson's pass and returned it 42 yards to the Falcons 11. That set up Louis Zervos' 25-yard field goal.

On the Spongers' next possession, Merriex ran 51 yards for a touchdown out of a four-back wildcat to make it 17-7. Soon after, out of the same formation, he ran 21 yards for an insurance touchdown.

Sophomore Michael Ford rushed for 158 yards on 14 carries and scored Tarpon's first touchdown, a 65-yarder, in the first quarter.

"I saw Ford's performance coming ever since I first laid eyes on him last year," Tarpon coach Ron Hawn said. "We've had a bunch of close games. We are getting better and better, especially late in the game."

Colby Cole, Times correspondent

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Football: Tarpon Springs 24, Dunedin 7 08/31/12 [Last modified: Saturday, September 1, 2012 12:27am]
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