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North Suncoast: Sunday morning quarterback

Closing in and pouncing Hernando quarterback Tyrail Hawkins, right, tries to fend off Dunnellon defender Stefano Squartino during a first-quarter run. Hernando lost 13-9 for the Leopards’ first defeat of the season.

CHRIS PRICE | Special to the Times

Closing in and pouncing Hernando quarterback Tyrail Hawkins, right, tries to fend off Dunnellon defender Stefano Squartino during a first-quarter run. Hernando lost 13-9 for the Leopards’ first defeat of the season.

Super seven

1. Pasco (4-0)

The Pirates continue to rack up points. Friday, they hung 50 against Zephyrhills. Will they surpass 60 points this week against Gulf?

This week: at Gulf (3-2)

2. Land O'Lakes (4-0)

Another team that can put up ridiculous numbers. The Gators are averaging a shade over 44 points a game through four victories, the latest 56-6 over Gulf.

This week: at Anclote (1-3)

3. Sunlake (4-0)

Sunlake moves up two spots after another dominating performance in a 30-8 win at Anclote. The Seahawks defense has surrendered only 14 points this season.

This week: at Wesley Chapel (2-3)

4. Hernando (3-1)

The Leopards fell to 1-1 in Class 3A, District 6 after a 13-9 to Dunnellon and need a win this week to keep pace with the Bulldogs, who are 2-0 in the district.

This week: vs. Tavares (3-1)

5. Nature Coast (3-2)

The Sharks suffered their second defeat in four days after an anemic 28-8 loss to Leesburg to fall to 1-2 in 3A-6.

This week: Bye

6. Mitchell (4-1)

The Mustangs didn't look convincing in a 14-11 win over Wesley Chapel.

This week: at Zephyrhills (0-4)

7. Wesley Chapel (2-3)

The Wildcats hold onto the final spot by virtue of their three-point win over Wiregrass Ranch two weeks ago. But the Bulls are closing fast in the rear-view mirror.

This week: vs. Sunlake (4-0)

On the bubble: Wiregrass Ranch (2-3), Springstead (2-3), Gulf (3-2), Bishop McLaughlin (4-1)

What we learned

1. A three-way race in 3A-7?

With Mitchell losing star RB Ricky Trinidad, Class 3A, District 7 appears to be three teams chasing two playoff spots. Sunlake, Land O'Lakes and Pasco have established themselves as the cream of the crop. After Friday's bashings, it looks like these three squads are trying to blow out every team in their paths until they meet each other. The Gators routed Gulf 56-6, Pasco rolled over Zephyrhills 50-7 and Sunlake defeated Anclote 30-8. Mitchell's drop-off is evident after Friday's 14-11 close call against Wesley Chapel. Pasco defeated the Wildcats 43-8 a week earlier.

2. No bull

Even though Wiregrass Ranch has a losing record (2-3) and lost 31-28 on Friday to Clearwater Central Catholic, the Bulls appear to be on the verge of their first-ever playoff appearance. We're not sure though if that's indicative of an improving Wiregrass team or just a really bad district (Class 4A, District 6). Games against Fivay (Oct. 8) and Hudson (Nov. 5) look like automatic wins. The Oct. 22 showdown against Tarpon Springs could be for the district title. And as long as the Bulls get by River Ridge a week later (Oct. 29), they can pencil their spot in the postseason.

3. The Sharks are reeling

Nature Coast coach Mark Nash could not be more excited to be headed to a bye week. After starting 3-0, the Sharks are on a two-game losing streak in back-to-back Class 3A, District 6 contests. Star QB Ja'Juan Story turned his right ankle in the fourth quarter, and although he was able to return for one series, Nash said he needs to stay off of it. "Whoever scheduled the bye scheduled it in the right place this year," Nash said.

They said it

"Anytime you get that run one, throw one and catch one, that is a special game. Years from now, he will look back on this one and say, 'Back in 2010, I did this.' "

Matt Kitchie, Land O'Lakes coach, about quarterback Stevie Weatherford, who had a hand in eight touchdowns against Gulf

Game balls

QB Brian Beeker, Springstead The senior quarterback got the Eagles on the scoreboard first with a 52-yard touchdown run in the first quarter against Ridgewood. He added an 8-yard scoring strike in the third quarter as the Eagles won 24-7, their second win in as many weeks.
K Codi Folsom, Mitchell Folsom's 42-yard field goal in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference in Mitchell's narrow 14-11 win over Wesley Chapel. Folsom added a 22-yarder to give the Mustangs a 3-0 lead at halftime.
QB Jacob Guy, Pasco Guy was the guy in Pasco's 50-7 win. He tossed touchdown passes of 34, 28, 22 and 12 yards in the rout of Zephyrhills. Guy finished 9-for-16 through the air for 134 yards.
WR Will Irwin, Land O'Lakes Of the five passes Irwin caught in the 56-6 win over Gulf, four went for touchdowns. Irwin had scoring catches of 50, 49, 27 and 21 yards and finished with 154 yards in a thoroughly dominating performance by the Gators and their aerial attack.
RB Nick Lomba, Wiregrass Ranch After spotting Clearwater Central Catholic 24 points, the Bulls nearly pulled off the comeback win with Lomba leading the way. The senior had 152 yards on 13 carries and scored three touchdowns. His 69-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter brought the Bulls within a score.
LB Zach Pritz, Hernando Pritz, a junior, recorded a sack in the first quarter to stop a Dunnellon drive. In the second quarter, he dislodged the ball from a receiver to take away a long completion, and just before halftime, he recovered a fumble at the Dunnellon 21 to give the Leopards a chance for more points before the break.
DB Dominique Rawlings, Nature Coast While there weren't many standouts for the Sharks in their 28-8 loss to Leesburg, Rawlings did everything he could in the second half to get his team back in the game. Rawlings picked up a fumble on the goal line to hand momentum back to Nature Coast and picked off quarterback Undra Mitchem after an onside kick.
QB Chris Reaves, Zephyrhills Reaves kept the Bulldogs competitive with Pasco, at least for a quarter. He completed 13 passes for 150 yards, and his 19-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Roberts in the first quarter tied the game early at 7-7. Reaves picked up 126 yards on 21 rushing attempts.
QB/DB Mitch Ritter, Bishop McLaughlin Ritter scored four times in a variety of ways to lead the Hurricanes past Hernando Christian 66-0. Offensively, Ritter ran for two touchdowns and threw for one more. On defense, Ritter recovered a fumble and returned it for a score.
QB Stevie Weatherford, Land O'Lakes Weatherford's stat line is borderline ridiculous. The senior went 16-for-20 for 360 yards passing with six touchdowns. Oh, and don't forget the 21-yard rushing score and his 5-yard receiving touchdown, which is something big brother Drew, who plays for the Tampa Bay Storm, never did. Weatherford had a hand in all eight touchdowns.

North Suncoast: Sunday morning quarterback 10/02/10 [Last modified: Saturday, October 2, 2010 8:19pm]
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