ZEPHYRHILLS — Miami Gulliver Prep came to Zephyrhills and left with a resounding victory.
Zephyrhills finally managed a fourth-quarter touchdown but it wasn't nearly enough against Gulliver Prep's five scores.
Gulliver Prep scored on a 54-yard punt return by Darian Mallary and a 76-yard pass from Michael Strauss to wide receiver Connor Vernon.
Both teams were a bit sloppy and combined for 16 penalties. Zephyrhills turned the ball over three times, and Gulliver Prep lost the ball twice.
"It's been rough," Zephyrhills coach Tom Fisher said. "This is the second tough team we've played in a row."
Fisher said his team needs to learn from its mistakes.
"We especially need to work on blocking," he said, speaking of the five times Tyler Guy was sacked. "Tyler did fairly well. "We just need to protect him better."
Even after a five-hour bus ride from Miami, Gulliver Prep did not make Guy's job easy, going up 21-0 in the first half. Gulliver Prep had plenty of weapons to work with and switched between three running backs and two quarterbacks. The offensive line kept the Bulldogs at bay and allowed only one sack.
Aaron Blake, Times correspondent