TARPON SPRINGS — Tarpon Springs defeated district rival River Ridge 42-15 on homecoming night. Louis Pappas led the Spongers with three touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown for the Spongers. Pappas finished with nine completions on 11 attempts for 237 yards.
The Spongers got on the scoreboard in the first quarter with a 40-yard touchdown by backup quarterback Wyatt Wikle to Alan Wilson. On Tarpon's next possession, Wikle was picked off by River Ridge's Brandon Nazzarlo, who returned the pass 45 yards for a score to even it at 7.
Tarpon Springs retook the lead in the middle of the second quarter on Pappas' 1-yard run. Pappas threw two touchdowns to Runaldo Wright in the final minute of the half to help the Spongers pull away. Wright finished with three receptions for 71 yards. Tarpon has a strong game on the ground as well, with Darius Daniels rushing for 119 yards including a 58-yard touchdown.
Tarpon held River Ridge to 168 total yards, 87 passing, and 81 rushing. The Spongers also forced four fumbles, recovering two.
Spongers coach Atif Austin was impressed with his team's performance, saying, "I was looking for the team to be more physical up front, and we got that tonight."