DADE CITY— Cannons roared in Dade City and Pasco dominated in every facet of the 9-mile war with a 48-7 win over Zephyrhills on Friday night at W.F. Edwards Stadium.
"It's not championship football, but we are working each week to get there," Pasco coach Tom McHugh said.
The Pirates (3-1, 2-0) sure seemed to be back in championship form, as the defense forced six turnovers, four on fumbles.
Pasco finished with 281 rushing yards. Freshman Janarion Grant rushed for 101 yards, and the offense featured a new threat at running back in middle linebacker Jamie Byrd, who rushed for 76 yards on eight carries and chipped in three touchdowns.
Byrd also scooped a fumble and returned it 47 yards for a 41-7 lead with 8:15 remaining in the third quarter.
"I am just going to help the team where they need me," Byrd said. "Whether it is on offense or defense, I will be there."
Zephyrhills (0-4, 0-2) could not find any offense until the fourth quarter, when Lakeland transfer Charles Smith completed a 54-yard pass to running back Michael Peterman. However, the drive was stalled when Mike Clower intercepted a pass at the 5-yard line with 23 seconds remaining.
"We just could not find a way into the end zone tonight, but I am proud of the kids because they played their hearts out tonight," co-head coach Greg Mathis said.