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Land O'Lakes 21, Hudson 6

HUDSON — The game was in contention for the most boring homecoming game ever.

Thank the Florida High School Athletic Association for stealing the life from the final week of the regular season.

The playoffs were decided with last week's district finales.

There was only one play Friday at the Land O'Lakes-Hudson game that seemed to get a rise out of the crowd.

On the final play, Cobras quarterback Zack Wynn chucked a Hail Mary 37 yards to James Tello. The transfer from Land O'Lakes only agitated his former teammates by making the catch and spoiling the Gators' shutout in a 21-6 victory.

On to the playoffs.

Land O'Lakes (9-1) will visit Jefferson, and Hudson (5-5) will travel to Gainesville.

Gators coach Matt Kitchie already has his mind on the Dragons.

"I hope we can contain the Freak," Kitchie said of Jefferson receiver Andre Davis. "The quarterback (junior Quentin Williams) is not too bad."

Both coaches said their game plan Friday was to win and to avoid injury.

Tello, whose brothers Jason and Justin play for the Gators, was a game-time decision with a shoulder injury. And though he played more as the game went on, his status for the playoffs remains unclear.

"It feels good," Tello said. "We don't really know what's wrong with it. We got the MRI back and have to take it to an orthopedic (surgeon). Other than that, it feels good. …Most likely, I'm going to play."

The quarterback battle between Land O'Lakes junior Stevie Weatherford and Wynn failed to materialize. Weatherford was held to 7-of-11 for 75 yards and one rushing touchdown. Wynn was 8-for-20 for 72 yards, two interceptions and the final prayer to Tello.

"Every time you want to make a team do what they don't want to do," Hudson coach Mark Nash said. "We felt going into the game that they wanted to throw the football. We were going to stop them from throwing the ball, and we did that."

Kitchie said the Cobras run a similar defense to Jefferson, which forced the Gators to discover a running game. They were led by Ryan Lane, who ran 18 times for 126 yards.

After Weatherford's touchdown made it 7-0 in the third quarter, Land O'Lakes got rushing touchdowns of 11 and 14 yards, respectively, from Spencer Michelson and Andrew Gorgen.

"We had some seniors step up," Kitchie said. "They had those two big touchdowns.

"…I'm just glad we escaped with a win."

Izzy Gould can be reached at igould@tampabay.com or (813) 421-3886.

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