Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Preseason football: Land O'Lakes 36, Anclote 0

HOLIDAY — The usual preseason mistakes were littered throughout the Land O'Lakes-Anclote game Friday night, as both teams found it difficult at times to get off plays or even complete passes.

But for the Gators, it was their running game that separated them from the Sharks, as two-way star Shadow Williams and running back Vinny Trott combined for 123 yards on the ground to lead Land O'Lakes to a sloppy 36-0 victory.

"We've got a lot of things we can work on, and that's the biggest thing we saw from the sidelines," Land O'Lakes coach Brian Wachtel said. "We have a lot of areas we can fine-tune and we just have to build from there.

"On defense, we're flying around and on both sides of the ball we did a good job."

What was thought to be a passing-oriented attack turned into a grind-it-out assault on the Sharks' defense, with the Gators rushing for 79 yards compared with 55 yards passing in the first half.

Gators quarterback Ryan Bird (7-of-23, 111 yards) had a hard time finding receivers and when the senior was able to find his targets, he was hampered by several dropped balls. Kent Taylor,'s No. 1-rated tight end in the country, had a relatively quiet night, catching three passes for 67 yards and one score, a 43-yard catch-and-run with 2:26 left in the third quarter to give the Gators a 30-0 lead.

Land O'Lakes' defense limited Anclote to four first downs and 34 yards of total offense, including zero yards passing. Sharks quarterback John Forgione was harassed all night and completed only 3 of 5 passes for 4 yards.

"Offensively we just could not get anything going," Anclote coach Matt Wicks said.

Preseason football: Land O'Lakes 36, Anclote 0 08/26/11 [Last modified: Friday, August 26, 2011 11:16pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Cannon Fodder podcast: Previewing Bucs-Jaguars


    Greg Auman previews the Bucs' preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars and talks about the $26,000 Bucs rookie dinner tab that wasn't in our latest Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast. Listen below:

    Charles Sims runs with the ball during the Bucs' game against the Jaguars last season.
  2. Plenty of unfinished business for Mitchell volleyball

    Volleyball Preps

    TRINITY — Their previous trip to New Smyrna Beach turned out to be a joyride, resulting in the Mitchell Mustangs' first spot in the state volleyball semifinals.

    Mitchell High school’s Jessie Mooney serves the ball during the 6A State High School Championship volleyball finals game against  Jensen Beach High School at the Venue on the UCF campus in Orlando.
(11/14/2015  WILLIE J. ALLEN JR.]
  3. Charles Bottoms, right, with his wife, Annie, wore the Tim Tebow Broncos jersey to Steinbrenner Field "only because I didn't want to wear my good (signed Gators) Tebow one." [RYAN ROMANO | Times]
  4. Rays morning after: 5 mistakes that led to loss to Blue Jays


    We've already documented elsewhere what the Rays didn't do, how they failed to take advantage of a prime opportunity to win Wednesday's game, getting just one run after loading the bases in the seventh with one out and three of …

    Jake Faria make too many mistakes, the failure to execute costing him repeatedly.
  5. Rays have their chances, but end up with another loss (w/video)

    The Heater

    TORONTO — The litany of games the Rays have given away this season is long enough, arguably too lengthy. So the only way to get to the postseason is make up for some of those losses by grabbing some wins when the opportunity is presented, especially at this time of year when the margin is diminished and the stakes …

    Associated Press