ST. PETERSBURG — Coming off of what Tarpon Springs coach Ron Hawn called an emotional game against East Lake, the Spongers responded by defeating Dixie Hollins 31-7.
Trailing 14-0, the Rebels (0-4) got back in it when QB Drew Boylson scored on a keeper. But after stopping the Spongers, Dixie Hollins gave the ball right back. A punt hit a Rebel player and the Spongers recovered at midfield. A few plays later, Damarkus Jones' 5-yard TD run gave the Spongers a 21-7 lead.
Tarpon Springs (3-1) later added an 80-yard catch and run for a score by Montel Johnson. Dylan Bronstrop had two of the Spongers' three interceptions.
"We wanted to be very explosive defensively," Hawn said. "I'm proud of the guys. We won but have a lot of work to do."
Anthony Salveggi, Times correspondent