at New Port Richey
Gulf 21, Weeki Wachee 8
Spring game-breakers: After going 1-9 last season, the Buccaneers got off to strong start under second-year coach Jason Messamore by relying on a strong run game and an opportunistic defense. …Malik Cobb ran 20 yards for a touchdown to give Gulf a 7-0 lead. …Deandre Hopkins returned an interception 70 yards to make it 14-0. …Weeki's lone score came on a 47-yard run by Shawn O'Gorman. …Gulf's Ja'Marquise Stewart ran 15 yards for touchdown to round out the scoring. …The Bucs had a touchdown run and an interception return for a score called back on penalties.
Audible 1: "The main thing I'm pleased with is the offensive line. We have some big guys that can play and they opened some huge holes for us the whole game." — Messamore
Audible 2: "We've got a lot of work ahead of us. We're inexperienced and that showed. But this is what the spring is for, to show you where you can get better." — Weeki Wachee coach Mark Lee
Bob Putnam, Times Staff Writer