Preseason football: Around the North Suncoast

Weeki Wachee 16, Lecanto 15

The Hornets officially came away with a one-point win on the road in their classic, though the varsity team trailed 15-10 at the end of the third quarter, when the junior varsity team took the field.

Jon King starred for Weeki Wachee, scoring on a touchdown run of more than 70 yards and adding an interception.

Football newcomer Tyler Wiley forced a fumble and had several other big hits at safety. He led a defense that showed considerable improvement from the spring, when it allowed 49 points in an overtime jamboree win over Gulf.

"Our defense played a heck of a lot better than we did in the spring," coach Mark Lee said.

Weeki Wachee only allowed three points in the first half. The Hornets open their second varsity season next week at Interlachen.

Calvary Christian 41, Bishop McLaughlin 0

The Hurricanes had a rough welcome in their return to FHSAA football with a preseason loss at Calvary Christian.

Senior Danny Giordano scored two early touchdowns for the Warriors, and Gage Plentovich and Macs Thomas each had a touchdown in the second quarter to help Calvary Christian take the lead for good.

Luis Valentin had one of Bishop McLaughlin's highlights, recording a second-half interception.

Berkeley Prep 23, Gulf 7

Berkeley scored 13 first-half points to jump out in front for good against Gulf.

Gulf's only score came in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, when Avery Welch ran it in from 5 yards out.

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

Preseason football: Around the North Suncoast 08/24/13 [Last modified: Saturday, August 24, 2013 12:41am]

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