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North Suncoast: Sunday morning quarterback

Nature Coast’s Tevin Drake pulls away from a Dunnellon defender on his way to one of his two scores in a loss.


Nature Coast’s Tevin Drake pulls away from a Dunnellon defender on his way to one of his two scores in a loss.

As the season grinds on, seemingly unbeatable teams will fall. Nature Coast is the latest example, losing 27-23 to Dunnellon at home. This week, Land O'Lakes travels to Pasco and though both of those towns believe they have a state title contender, one team will take a hit. Mitchell withstood arguably its toughest task to date, thumping Gulf 28-7 to remain undefeated. Hernando has officially been resurrected by coach John Palmer. Wiregrass Ranch and Hudson suffered road losses, but ultimately, they will likely clash for a postseason berth.

Super Seven

1. Land O'Lakes (6-0)

Gators whoop up on Wesley Chapel, take unbeaten record to Dade City.

2. Pasco (5-1)

Janarion Grant watch: Two more scores in a win against Anclote.

3. Mitchell (7-0)

Mitchell has huge all-around victory against Gulf. But can the Mustangs hang with Land O'Lakes or Pasco? We'll find out soon enough.

4. Hernando (4-2)

Leopards win huge over Leesburg. Huge game against Nature Coast on Nov. 6.

5. Nature Coast (4-2)

Crushing loss to Dunnellon on homecoming. Playoffs in major jeopardy. Who's got a parachute?

6. Wiregrass Ranch (4-2)

Few expected the Bulls to win at Melbourne Palm Bay, but even fewer expected a close game. Watch out for Wiregrass.

7. Hudson (3-3)

The Cobras drive all the way to Jacksonville and all they came home with was a lousy loss to Fleming Island. Hudson gets back to work this week against Ridgewood.

Correspondents Derek J. LaRiviere and Andy Villamarzo contributed to this report.

Game balls

QB Stevie Weatherford, Jr., Land O'Lakes: Completed 12 of 14 passes for 262 yards and five touchdowns. He also had a 5-yard carry for a score.

RB Ricky Trinidad, Jr., Mitchell: On 25 carries, he rushed for 120 yards and three touchdowns.

RB Tyler Peak, Sr., Land O'Lakes: He had 12 carries for 112 yards and two touchdowns.

QB D.J. Clower, Sr., Pasco: Had a huge night, passing for three touchdowns and rushing for one more.

RB Cameron Rodriguez, Sr., Ridgewood: Ran 27 times for 161 yards and two touchdowns.

RB Tevin Drake, Sr., Nature Coast: Battered and bruised his way to 22 carries for 125 yards and two touchdowns.

RB Josh Johnson, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch: Ran 20 times for 117 yards with one score.

RB Alvin Delaine, Jr., Hernando: Rushed 23 times for 203 yards with two rushing TDs and one receiving. His second consecutive 200-yard game.

QB C.J. Baker, Sr., Nature Coast: Under heavy pressure at times, completed 5 of 12 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown.

FB Marlin Smith, Sr., Hernando: His 12 carries for 64 yards might not make your eyes bulge, but he scored on touchdowns of 2, 13 and 2 yards.

RB Devean Huff, Jr., Springstead: Rushed 25 times for 130 yards and a touchdown.

QB Brian Beeker, Jr., Springstead: Scored two rushing touchdowns and totaled 73 yards rushing.

Ridgewood defense: Shut out Central, limiting Bears to 92 yards of offense and scored two defensive touchdowns.

North Suncoast: Sunday morning quarterback 10/17/09 [Last modified: Saturday, October 17, 2009 6:30pm]
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