At Anclote in Holiday
Gulf 24, Anclote 21
Spring game-breakers: In one of the more thrilling games of the spring, Gulf mounted a fourth-quarter comeback led by freshman quarterback Will Fulmer, who connected on a pair of slant passes for touchdowns to Chris Gregory in a span of 4 minutes, 17 seconds en route to victory. … Gulf's three-headed rushing attack of Austin Jackson, T.J. Blunt and Nick Ritter helped establish control in the second half. Blunt, who moved from Georgia, led all rushers with 24 carries for 93 yards. … Prior to Gulf's comeback, Anclote sophomore Dondre Daley dazzled fans with his athleticism. He opened the game with a 26-yard reception to set up the Sharks' first score. Then he gave Anclote a 14-6 lead on a 9-yard touchdown catch from freshman John Forgione. Daley also blocked an extra point and returned a fumble roughly 80 yards for a 21-12 lead in the third quarter.
Did you know? Talk about sloppy games, Gulf couldn't catch a break early, fumbling four times on its first five touches. Combined, the teams fumbled eight times and threw three interceptions. Matai Paseco intercepted Forgione in the first quarter and returned it roughly 40 yards for a Buccaneers touchdown to pull them within 7-6.
Audible 1: "We are a good football team. We aren't the same team we were last year. But we're still not to the point where we're going to put somebody away. … We played well. We showed some spots we need to work on, and we need to work on the intangibles. We need to work on covering the slant." — Anclote coach Matt Wicks
Audible 2: "I was really proud of the kids to fight back the way they did. We were experimenting … working on things we haven't spent a lot of time on. We really felt like we could just come out and power it at them. We wanted to get a little more out of this than that. We wanted to work on the shotgun. We went against our grain early, but when we started playing Gulf football, things worked out for us." — Gulf coach Jay Fulmer
Izzy Gould, Times staff writer