ZEPHYRHILLS — Host Zephyrhills survived five lost fumbles to defeat Central 31-14 on Friday night in a preseason game.
Jamal Roberts carried the Bulldogs with three rushing touchdowns and 230 rushing yards.
Roberts broke free for a 36-yard run to score on the third play of the game, ending a drive on which he gained 78 yards. He went 2-for-4 in the air for 19 yards.
Justin Swanstrom had a 41-yard reception for a touchdown for the Bulldogs, who gained 416 total yards.
Devon Brockington ran for 45 yards on eight carries and Devario Mathis rushed five times for 28 yards for Zephyrhills.
With the Bears closing in on a touchdown late in the game, the Zephyrhills defense held strong.
After losing a player on the first play of the game, the Bears came back to score with a 5-yard run by Thomas Maynard, who finished the game with 15 yards on seven rushes.
After that touchdown, most of Central's highlights came on defense, as the Bears offense could not capitalize on the five Bulldogs fumbles that Central recovered.
A 13-yard touchdown run by Matt Callaci near the end of the third quarter was little consolation for the Bears.
Zephyrhills opens the season at home against Land O'Lakes while Central travels to Crystal River for its opener.