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Preseason football: Tarpon Springs 14, Miami Gulliver Prep 13

TARPON SPRINGS — Tarpon Springs defeated Gulliver Prep 14-13 at home in a preseason game on Friday night.

Two crucial fumble recoveries keyed the victory for the Spongers.

With his team trailing 13-7 midway through the third quarter, Tarpon's Arkell Jones recovered a fumble by Gulliver Prep running back Bo Ellis in Gulliver Prep territory. Quarterback Dalton Collins went to work after that, finding receiver Zach Gibb for a 15-yard completion on a fourth down play to keep the Spongers alive. A few plays later he plunged in on a 7-yard touchdown run to give Tarpon Springs the lead with 1:35 remaining in the quarter.

On the ensuing kickoff Gulliver Prep fumbled again and Eric Kehoe came up with the ball for the Spongers. Tarpon drove to the Gulliver Prep 5-yard line and ran out the remaining time to come away with the victory. Both junior varsity squads played the fourth quarter.

"The victory feels good but in the spring I said failure isn't fatal but success isn't final," Tarpon Springs coach Ron Hawn said. "The biggest thing is being competitive every game that is what matters."

Colby Cole, Times correspondent

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Preseason football: Tarpon Springs 14, Miami Gulliver Prep 13 08/24/12 [Last modified: Saturday, August 25, 2012 1:13am]
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