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Gulf 29, Zephyrhills 7

ZEPHYRHILLS — Zephyrhills came into Friday's game against Gulf riding the high of its first victory.

But the Buccaneers took the wind out of the Bulldogs' sails with a 29-7 win.

The Bulldogs started strong on defense, forcing Gulf to punt on their first two drives. Zephyr­hills used some tricks as Jamal Roberts went toward the Bulldogs sideline as if he was out of the game, then Charles Smith lofted a 51-yard touchdown pass to Roberts for the opening score.

The Buccaneers had a tough first half, punting the ball four times. Gulf scored late in the second quarter when quarterback Madison Burr hit fellow senior Thomas Polito on a 1-yard jump pass. The Bulldogs went into halftime with a 7-6 lead.

The Bucs came out with a balanced attack, keeping the Bulldogs on their toes. Burr scored quickly in the third quarter, shaking off a defender for a 4-yard run. Burr later threw a 15-yard touchdown to senior David Ramirez.

"You can't take them lightly," coach Jay Fulmer said of Zephyr­hills. "They have athletes and they are always well coached."

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Gulf 29, Zephyrhills 7 10/30/09 [Last modified: Friday, October 30, 2009 11:46pm]
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