At Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel
Land O'Lakes 42, Wiregrass Ranch 0
Spring game-breakers: Land O'Lakes sent a loud statement as it vies to be the best of the North Suncoast elite. And there was little surprise that the offense thrived thanks to the smooth passing of quarterback Stevie Weatherford. The rising senior completed 11-of-17 passes for 351 yards, six touchdowns and one interception in just two quarters. Nine of those completions were for 17 yards or more. His best series was three consecutive touchdown passes of 39, 39 and 76 yards — all to Will Irwin. Receiver Kent Taylor had touchdown receptions of 53 and 41 yards, and Jason Tello caught a 17-yard touchdown.
Did you know? The Gators defense was stellar as well, holding the Bulls to 62 yards. Wiregrass Ranch quarterback James Tringali was sacked five times, three times by rising senior Spencer Michelson and twice by Matt Roman. The Bulls also turned the ball over on an interception, a fumble and committed a safety when a snap rolled out of their end zone. …Also of note, kicker Tara Marshall was one of four Gators to attempt extra points. Marshall, who will remain on the roster this fall, made her kick.
Audible 1: "To be honest, I don't think we were as sharp as we could be. Saying that with the score being as lopsided as it was is probably not the best thing to say, but I expect our kids to be crisp. …(In terms of Weatherford's effectiveness Friday night) I think he's that good. Stephen has really matured this year as a quarterback. He's really studied the offense and come into his own as a passer. …And he wasn't on tonight. He had four or five passes that weren't very good." — Land O'Lakes coach Matt Kitchie
Audible 2: "We have a long way to go. It's all correctable. We made a lot of mistakes. At times , it looked like a real good football game. …We're not going to panic. We played well against the run and our pass coverage broke down quite a bit. …We have a whole new coaching staff and lost 23 seniors. We have a lot of new kids learning the ropes, and that was obvious tonight." — Wiregrass Ranch coach Jeremy Shobe
Izzy Gould, Times staff writer