Sunday, September 23, 2018
Sports

Football: Zephyrhills 43, Anclote 28

ZEPHYRHILLS — Through the first half of the season, Charles Harrison III put up modest passing numbers, averaging just more than 100 yards per game.

Part of that was due to Zephyrhills' schedule. Since losing the season opener by two points to Wiregrass Ranch, the Bulldogs have a won a series of laughers with four straight wins by 29 or more points, including the past three by a combined 199-6.

Because of the competitiveness, or lack thereof, Harrison spent the second half of the past four games wheeling around to hand the ball off.

Things changed this week against upstart Anclote, which became a contender in Class 5A, District 8 after beating Wesley Chapel.

Harrison's right arm was needed. The senior put it to good use, throwing for a career-high 363 yards and six touchdowns in a 43-28 victory that moved Zephyrhills to 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the district.

"I knew Charles was capable of putting up numbers like this," Bulldogs coach Nick Carroll said. "He's a great athlete and we've been working hard as an offensive unit for the ability to be seen."

Friday's game was billed as matchup between two of the top quarterbacks in Pasco County. The Sharks' Tim Dallaire entered with a county-leading 809 yards passing.

Dallaire delivered some strikes, throwing for a pair of touchdowns. His first was on a 14-yarder to Manny Higgins that gave Anclote a 7-0 first-quarter lead.

It was the first time the Bulldogs had allowed an opponent to score in the past three games.

Harrison answered with a 32-yard touchdown pass to Tre-pavis Mobley and 79-yard score to Cartrell Strong to go ahead 14-7.

Higgins scored again, this time on an 80-yard kickoff return to cut it to 14-13 after a missed extra point.

It was all Harrison the rest of the half. He threw high-arching passes and short ones, too. Nearly all of them resulted in touchdowns. His next two went to Jaquan Sheppard on passes of 52 and 65 yards. The final one of the half was a 27-yarder to Mobley to go ahead 35-13.

Harrison finished the first half with 286 yards passing and five touchdowns. He spread the wealth with Mobley, Sheppard and Strong all finishing with more than 100 yards receiving. Each had at least one touchdown in the first half.

Those whopping totals were needed as the Sharks (3-3, 2-2) made a furious rally. Dallaire threw for a touchdown and Anclote recovered a fumble in the end zone to cut it to 35-28 in the fourth quarter.

"It was a tale of two halves," Sharks coach Matt Kingsley said. "We showed up in the second and gave them a game they probably didn't expect they would get."

The Bulldogs needed two stops on fourth down and a strong running game to hold off the rally.

Harrison finished the night with his sixth touchdown pass on a 16-yarder to Sheppard to round out the scoring with 2:21 left.

     
               
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