At Pasco in Dade City
Pasco 56, Zephyrhills 0 (two quarters)
Spring game-breakers: Billed as the 9-Mile War during the regular season, the spring game between these rivals was about as lopsided as it could get. The host Pirates dominated against a rebuilding team with a first-year coach. The only thing that went in the Bulldogs' favor was a lightning strike that resulted in the game being halted at halftime. How ugly was it? How about Pasco totaling 203 yards on offense compared to just 5 for Zephyrhills? The Bulldogs had just two first downs, both coming in the second half via penalties. … Pasco quarterback Jacob Guy passed for 125 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown to Hakeeme Ishmar. The Pirates' ground game was even more effective, with Janarion Grant's 64-yard scoring run topped by Willie Jackson's 87-yard touchdown run. … The Pirates actually scored almost every way a team can with offense, defense and special teams putting points on the board. Aside from the offensive touchdowns, which included David Emmanuel's 16-yard scoring run, Nick Wilson scored on an interception return and Phillip Thompson recovered a fumble in the end zone; Grant returned a kickoff 55 yards and Trey Dudley Giles ran a punt back 65. And just for good measure, the Pirates added a safety.
Did you know? Talk about split allegiances, Ricky Giles had an up and down night. The longtime Pasco baseball coach has stepped down as a football assistant at that school after 25 seasons on the sideline. He was on the Zephyrhills sideline Friday to support his son, first-year coach Reggie Roberts. Giles, a 1972 Zephyrhills graduate, also has a son — Trey Dudley Giles — playing for the Pirates.
Audible 1: "I ain't got no problem going half and half. I want both of them to be successful." — Ricky Giles, Pasco baseball coach, on son Reggie Roberts coaching Zephyrhills and son Trey Dudley Giles playing for Pasco
Audible 2: "I think we have some stuff to improve on … intensity, aggressiveness." — Jacob Smith, Zephyrhills sophomore quarterback, who left the game in the second half with a left knee injury
Steve Lee, Times correspondent