WESLEY CHAPEL — Pasco coach Tom McHugh thought it would be a good idea to sit third-year starting quarterback D.J. Clower at the start of Friday's game in favor of Zephyrhills sophomore transfer Jacob Guy. McHugh wanted to give the youngsters a look, and one stood out among the rest as he has all year: freshman running back Janarion Grant.
Grant rushed for four touchdowns and caught one as the Pirates cruised with a 37-10 victory over Wiregrass Ranch.
"(Grant) is a special kid," McHugh said. "He has special talents and he is one of those kids, if he keeps on working we are going to hear a lot about him."
And Grant's name was heard all night through the loudspeakers, as he scored on runs of 2, 4, 9 and 4 yards and finished with 127 yards rushing. Grant also caught a screen pass from Clower (2-of-7, 98 yards) in the third quarter and took it 66 yards to give Pasco (9-1) a 27-10 lead with 10:38 left in the third quarter.
"I am very surprised and it is just a good feeling for me," Grant said of his season.
The Bulls (5-5) could not rebound after losing last Friday's heartbreaker to Hudson, which cost them a playoff berth — and it showed.
Wiregrass' first 1,000-yard running back, Josh Johnson, was held to 45 yards on 15 carries and quarterback James Tringali was sacked four times.
"We had a lot riding on last week and it was hard to get up for this one," Wiregrass coach Jeremy Shobe said.