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: Tarpon Springs 28, Anclote 3

TARPON SPRINGS — But for a sluggish third quarter the host Spongers dominated Anclote in a 28-3 victory Friday night.

Michael Ford ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns, 68 of his yards coming in a drive to begin the fourth.

Tarpon jumped ahead 14-0 at half, held a resurgent Sharks team to a C.J. Peppe 39-yard field goal, then Ford took over. He broke off five runs of at least 9 yards on the drive that ended with his 3-yard plunge and a 21-3 lead.

"I feel like we can pound the ball like that all the time, and when we do we can't be stopped," Ford said.

Anclote fumbled away the next kickoff and Patrick Miller provided the final margin with a 3-yard score. Miller ran for 47 yards on eight carries.

Damarkus Jones had three sacks for the Spongers before leaving with a left knee injury. Jones said he felt at "80 percent" but predicted he'd suit up for the Spongers' regular-season opener.

Tarpon held Anclote to minus-13 yards on the ground with workhorse back Willie Barrett needing two last-minute runs to finish on the positive side (10 yards on 12 carries).

The Spongers outgained Anclote 142-12 in the first half, but the Sharks turned it around in a third quarter, holding Tarpon to two three-and-outs while Tymere Carter caught fire. He caught four passes, one a leaping 34-yarder, in the third.

Carter finished with seven grabs for 114 yards.

Barrett led Anclote with seven tackles. Casey Luckinbill was right behind Jones in leading Tarpon Springs' defense.

Spongers quarterback Jarret Battyanyi completed his first six passes and ran for 21 yards. Montel Johnson had Tarpon's other score, capping a 90-yard drive to start the game.

Sophomore Brandon Vinkler, called on to throw more in the second half after a modest 2-for-4 beginning, ended 12-for-21 for 144 yards.

Anclote didn't get a first down until the second quarter. The Sharks tried to jumpstart things with a fake punt but Miller was there for the tackle.

Anclote dropped a 75-yard touchdown pass on the drive in which it ended up settling for three points.

Tarpon Springs28

Preseason football: Tarpon Springs 28, Anclote 3 08/23/13 [Last modified: Friday, August 23, 2013 11:05pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. 247Sports: Berkeley Prep's Nicholas Petit-Frere top OT in nation


    Berkeley Prep offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere already is widely considered the best player in Tampa Bay.

    Berkeley Prep rising senior defensive end Nicholas Petit-Frere (78) performs a pad drill during spring football practice at Berkeley Prep in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, May 12, 2017.
  2. Full disclosure: My AP Top 25 ballot


    Now that you've seen the preseason AP Top 25, here's what I submitted in my first year as a voter. The AP doesn't give us many guidelines in the preseason. I didn't try to predict how …

  3. AP Top 25: Alabama first, FSU, UF, Miami and USF all in top 20


    As expected, Alabama will start the season at No. 1 in the AP Top 25.

  4. HomeTeam 25: Football rankings for Tampa Bay


    Armwood High School quarterback Devin Black (7) hands the ball off to running back Larry Anderson (13) during the Spring Football Jamboree in Seffner, Fla. on Thursday, May 18, 2017.
  5. Ex-Florida Gators QB Treon Harris will start at Tennessee State


    Former Florida Gators quarterback Treon Harris is a starter again.

    At Tennessee State.