ZEPHYRHILLS — Adrian "Bubba" Golden and Gulf probably won't need a headshrinker.
Despite a solid 30-14 win over Class 3A, District 8 foe Zephyrhills on Friday night, as well as three touchdowns from their star junior tailback, the Buccaneers (8-0, 4-0) won't let their heads inflate as the team is now postseason eligible for just the second time in school history.
"This week just gets us ready for next week," Golden said, referring to the big matchup with Pasco. "We just can't get too heavy headed because we want to be conference champs and we still have to get that done."
Golden racked up his usual numbers: 25 carries for 202 yards and three scores. He now has 26 touchdowns and 1,805 yards on the season.
Backup running back Will Burbridge, who plays sparingly due to Golden, still contributed, picking up 96 yards on 11 carries, and Madison Burr had a quarterback sneak for 4 yards and the score.
Gulf scored first from Golden, who had 6-yard run in the first, then had 28-yard score and a 3-yarder late in the fourth.
"I guess that was a little sub par for him," Gulf coach Jay Fulmer said jokingly. "He really did have another great game and that's what we're always looking for him."
The Bulldogs (3-5, 2-2) hung around though. Down 16-0 in the second, Zephyrhills scored with 7-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Guy to Alex Sampson, who finished with a game-high eight catches for 123 yards. To start the third, the Bulldogs came out charging, scoring quickly on the opening drive with a 10-yard touchdown run by Michael Peterman, who led Zephyrhills in rushing with 65 yards. Guy went 10-of-18 for 134 yards.
Fulmer said keeping the team's egos in check won't be difficult. Actually, he claims, he won't be doing much of the work.
"I wasn't sure if we'd be undefeated at this point," Fulmer said. "Our goal was to get in the playoffs, but 8-0 is a little surprising, given how every other team we play is solid every year. Good thing about us, no matter what we do, every Monday they're thinking about the next team, even if they're 0 and whatever. It's true, and that's how we've gotten to this point."