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North Suncoast: Sunday morning quarterback

Super seven

1. Pasco (3-0)

The Pirates rudely greeted former quarterback and current Wesley Chapel coach Ben Alford to the tune of a 43-8 thumping. This week: at Zephyrhills

2. Land O'Lakes (3-0)

Can we just skip ahead four weeks to the Gators' highly anticipated matchup with Pasco on October 22? This week: at Gulf

3. Hernando (3-0)

The Leopards were in trouble against Crystal River until Alvin Delaine's 18-yard fourth-quarter run with 14 seconds left secured a 24-17 win. This week: vs. Dunnellon

4. Nature Coast (3-0)

With two full days to regroup after its game at Tavares was suspended by weather at halftime, the Sharks need to find a way to overcome a 28-21 deficit Monday. This week: vs. Leesburg

5. Sunlake (3-0)

Looking at the schedule, it's not out of the question to think the Seahawks could be 7-0 by the time they play Land O'Lakes and Pasco in back-to-back weeks. This week: at Anclote

6. Mitchell (3-1)

Should be interesting to watch how the Mustangs recover after losing electric RB Ricky Trinidad for the season to a torn ACL in his knee. This week: at Wesley Chapel

7. Wesley Chapel (2-2)

The schedule doesn't get any easier for the Wildcats, who have home dates with Mitchell and Sunlake, and a road game at Land O'Lakes in the next three weeks. This week: vs. Mitchell

On the bubble: Bishop McLaughlin, Gulf, Wiregrass Ranch

What we learned

1. Sunlake's defense is legit

Sunlake blanked its second straight opponent after a 35-0 rout of Gulf, and it was the way the Seahawks completely neutralized the Buccaneers attack that has Sunlake fans excited. The Seahawks held Gulf to 4 (that's right, 4) yards in the first half and turned talented RB Austin Jackson (minus-4 yards on 12 carries) into a nonfactor. We thought Sunlake LB Nick Morrison was blowing smoke when he said the defense was extremely upset after allowing an early touchdown in the season opener to Wiregrass Ranch. Now, we're not so sure.

2. Hurricane is forming in Pasco

Bishop McLaughlin's first-year coach Matt Nardo took over a program that was ready to win right away. Four games into his tenure, the Hurricanes are 3-1, the best record in school history. The roster is full of returners that have a grasp of the option offense, and Giovanni Perone and Mitch Ritter have almost perfected running it. Nardo, who was named the Tampa Bay Buccaneers high school coach of the week for Week 3, can't possibly think it's this easy.

3. Land O'Lakes can run a little, too

The collective sigh heard early Saturday morning came from area defensive coordinators once they learned that the Gators have a pretty good ground game to go along with their aerial arsenal. Land O'Lakes still threw 31 passes, but the Gators also rushed 25 times for 158 yards, about 6. 3 yards a carry. And defenses looking to shut down the Gators ground attack won't be able to key on just one player. The Gators used seven rushers in their 38-7 victory over Zephyrhills.

Game balls

QB Brian Beeker, Springstead When workhorse back Devean Huff went down with an ankle injury in the second quarter, Beeker took over in the Eagles' first district contest. He accounted for two touchdowns while passing for 41 yards and rushing for another 146 in a 24-9 win over Lecanto.
WR Dylan Bueno, Mitchell Bueno was plenty good against Anclote after returning a fourth-quarter kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown. He also added another score, a 14-yard touchdown grab, in a 40-13 win.
WR James Bullock, Fivay Bullock nearly eclipsed 200 yards receiving in a 25-21 victory over Hudson. He had nine catches for 196 yards and three touchdowns, including an 85-yarder in the fourth quarter.
RB Rashaud Daniels, Sunlake Often overshadowed by QB Jacob Jackson, Daniels was a threat to score every time he touched the ball against Gulf. The junior gained 71 yards on 10 carries and rushed for three touchdowns. He also added a 40-yard touchdown reception that essentially iced the Seahawks' 35-0 victory before halftime.
QB Tyler Degenhart, Fivay Degenhart led a furious comeback against Hudson, throwing second-half touchdown passes covering 23 and 85 yards in the Falcons' first victory. Degenhart was 14-for-17 for 268 yards and three touchdowns in the 25-21 victory.
WR Trey Dudley-Giles, Pasco The junior caught five passes for 142 yards, including taking a screen pass and sprinting 63 yards for one of his two touchdowns in a 43-8 victory over Wesley Chapel.
DB/RB Pedro Estrada, Springstead Estrada picked off Lecanto QB Addison Holstein and recovered a fumble when the Panthers finally did get into Springstead territory. To top it off, he was given the ball on offense in the fourth quarter and plunged in for the final touchdown in a 24-9 win.
Pasco defense The Pirates had no mercy toward the Wesley Chapel offense in their 43-8 win, putting vicious hits on the Wildcats quarterbacks and running backs. Oh, and adding four sacks, forcing three fumbles and picking off a pass.
QB Mitch Ritter, Bishop McLaughlin After his team traveled across the state, Ritter stepped up to the challenge with three rushing touchdowns and nearly 100 yards in a 26-6 win over Merritt Island Christian.
QB Stevie Weatherford, Land O'Lakes The Gators quarterback threw two touchdown passes and added another on the ground in a 38-7 rout of Zephyrhills. The senior threw for 141 yards and rushed for 51 more to account for 192 total yards.

North Suncoast: Sunday morning quarterback 09/25/10 [Last modified: Saturday, September 25, 2010 9:09pm]
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