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Hudson 20, Wiregrass Ranch 18

WESLEY CHAPEL — Much like its season, Hudson's most important game was a roller-coaster ride.

After leading by 17 in the first quarter, the Cobras had to rally, getting a 23-yard field goal from Zack Wynn with 1:18 left to beat Class 4A, District 6 foe Wiregrass Ranch 20-18 Friday night and advance to the playoffs.

"This game just shows how much heart these kids have here at Hudson," said coach Mark Nash, whose team rallied behind the senior quarterback Wynn even though top receiver James Tello (six catches, 93 yards) left with an elbow injury.

Adrenaline and emotions flowed throughout the game on both sidelines. Hudson built its lead after Wynn, who was 15-for-31 for 214 yards passing, kicked a 22-yard field goal, then scored on runs of 2 and 1 yard. He added both point-afters as well.

Wiregrass Ranch lost running back Josh Johnson (22 carries, 140 yards) temporarily after a big hit. But he returned in the second quarter and helped the Bulls cut the score to 17-6 by halftime.

In the second half, Wiregrass Ranch came out revitalized and took the lead by the fourth quarter. Johnson sneaked through the Hudson line to score from 40 yards out to give the Bulls an 18-17 lead with 11:46 left.

But the Cobras drove down the field with 3:08 left, Wynn completing a 56-yard post pass to Dontaie Collins to set up Wynn's winning kick.

"I give a lot of credit to (Wynn), he is a great player," Wiregrass Ranch coach Jeremy Schobe said. "I am hoping for the 23 seniors who have worked so hard this season, maybe they can forget about this and somehow move on."

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Hudson 20, Wiregrass Ranch 18 11/06/09 [Last modified: Friday, November 6, 2009 11:55pm]
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