ZEPHYRHILLS — In the days leading up to Zephyrhills' meeting with Class 5A, District 6 foe Weeki Wachee on Friday, coach Reginald Roberts preached about being efficient and putting together a full game of effort.
The message paid off as the Bulldogs scored touchdowns on five of their first seven possessions en route to a 42-7 win.
"We know we've got a good football team, and I know we were capable of winning that game (against South Sumter) last week," Roberts said of the 38-15 loss. "They're angry. We left there with a loss, and now they know what it tastes like. And they don't want to taste it anymore."
Zephyrhills (4-1, 1-1) used its running attack in the first quarter, opening with a three-play, 42-yard drive capped by an 11-yard touchdown run by senior Devon Brockington.
Brockington, who also ran for a 26-yard touchdown and caught a 39-yard touchdown from Ty Tanner, said Friday was a must-win game.
"People expected us to come out here mad, which we were," said Brockington, who finished with 72 all-purpose yards. "And we put it all together like we did in practice."
The Bulldogs added rushing scores from Jaylen Pickett, Jordan Roberts and Tanner to take a 42-0 halftime lead, which forced a running clock for the entire second half.
"I pushed them to the limit, and they rose up," Roberts said. "We lacked mental toughness, and we lacked physical toughness last week. We didn't lack that today."
David Tinch's 6-yard run in the fourth quarter was the only score for Weeki Wachee (1-4, 0-2).
Hornets quarterback Marcus Allen was transported to a local hospital in an ambulance after taking a blow to the head during the second quarter.
Hornets coach Mark Lee said the junior had movement in all of his extremities and was undergoing tests as a precaution.