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North Suncoast: Sunday morning quarterback

First off, congratulations are in order for Zephyrhills.

The Bulldogs earned a 14-7 overtime win against Wesley Chapel, their first of the season. Can't help but feel good for them after the firing of coach Jerrell Cogmon on Day 2 of the preseason. Moving on, the playoff picture is beginning to take shape. Pasco and Mitchell will bang heads this week after both won key Class 3A, District 7 games to remain undefeated in the district. Hudson won and Wiregrass Ranch lost. Tarpon Springs is clearly the front-runner in Class 4A, District 6, but either the Cobras or Bulls are likely to grab the second playoff spot. They battle a week from Friday. That is the night Hernando and Nature Coast will meet possibly for a playoff berth in Class 3A, District 6. The Leopards win and they're in. The Sharks would need to win that game plus get help from a Crystal River loss. Class 4A, District 5 seems to be between Ocala Lake Weir and Gainesville, though Springstead continues to hang on to hope with just one district loss.

Super Seven

1. Pasco (6-1): Pirates' 28-16 win against Land O'Lakes sets up a huge game against Mitchell.

2. Mitchell (8-0): Mustangs running back Ricky Trinidad missed the second half Friday with back spasms. Will that play into this week's game with the Pirates?

3. Land O'Lakes (6-1): Gators suffer first loss of the season, but they are still very much in the hunt for a playoff berth.

4. Hernando (5-2): Leopards take care of business with win at Eustis.

5. Nature Coast (5-2): Sharks rebound from Dunnellon loss with win against Citrus.

6. Hudson (4-3): Cobras survive a scare against Ridgewood.

7. Wiregrass Ranch (4-3): The Bulls suffer a big setback with a loss to Tarpon Springs. Need to beat Hudson to make the playoffs.

Game balls

RB Jamal Roberts, Zephyrhills Ran 12 times for 51 yards and scored the winning touchdown in overtime for the Bulldogs' first victory.
RB Freddie Jones, Mitchell Took up the offensive slack after Ricky Trinidad missed the second half with back spasms. Jones had 90 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns.
WR/DB Blake Burch, Wiregrass Ranch In the Bulls' 44-7 loss to Tarpon Springs, Burch returned a kickoff 85 yards and completed a 40-yard pass.
RB Cameron Rodriguez, Ridgewood In defeat, Rodriguez did all he could for the Rams against Hudson, rushing for 233 yards and one touchdown on 34 carries.
QB Zack Wynn, Hudson Against Ridgewood, the senior passed for 168 yards and one score, rushed for 146 yards and another TD and scored the go-ahead points on a two-point conversion run.
RB Janarion Grant, Pasco No touchdowns, but he was blazing across the field for 106 yards on 16 carries.
QB D.J. Clower, Pasco Two running touchdowns and one passing overshadowed a pair of interceptions in a win against Land O'Lakes.
QB Stevie Weatherford, Land O'Lakes Completed 16 of 27 passes for 270 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in a loss to Pasco.
RB Alvin Delaine, Hernando Rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns in a win against Eustis.
Nature Coast offense and defense Sharks rebound with a 47-point effort and a shutout.
RB Devean Huff, Springstead Rushed for 147 yards in a 26-0 win against Ocala West Port.
RB Madison Burr, Gulf Ran 15 times for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Also had three receptions for 63 yards.

Stat of the night

Wiregrass Ranch had 74 yards of offense in the first quarter against Tarpon Springs and minus-10 in the final three.

Times correspondent Chris Wagenheim contributed to this report.

North Suncoast: Sunday morning quarterback 10/24/09 [Last modified: Saturday, October 24, 2009 9:58pm]
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