WESLEY CHAPEL — Gulf came into Friday's game at Wesley Chapel hoping to extend its win streak to three. The Bucs rushed for more than 400 yards in a shootout.
Gulf started off strong, scoring on four of their first five possessions that began with a six-play, 45-yard drive that ended up with a Will Burbridge touchdown from 1 yard out, putting the Bucs up 7-0.
That was the first of Burbridge's four touchdowns, which also included scores of 55 and 96 yards. Wesley Chapel couldn't get anything going in the first half offensively and surrendering 30 first-half points didn't help.
The Wildcats, however, managed to keep it close early in the second half as Gregory Graham returned the opening kick for a 94-yard touchdown. That pulled the Wildcats within 10 but Gulf's running game was too much to handle.
Wesley Chapel coach John Castelamare may have coached his last game. The teacher of 38 years, head coach 10 of those, is going to try for an extension that will allow him to stay at the school for a little longer. When asked about whether it was his last game at the school, Castelamare replied, "I hope not." He hopes that the DROP program will give him another option.
Daniel Lee, Times correspondent