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Spring football: Sunlake 33, Wiregrass Ranch 22

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Sunlake 33, Wiregrass Ranch 22

Spring game-breakers: After rushing for 1,504 yards with 16 touchdowns last season, Sunlake rising senior Nathan Johnson picked up where he left off against Wiregrass' defense. Johnson finished with 15 carries for 99 yards and two TDs, including a 36-yarder in the first quarter. …Wiregrass' Shane Bucenell was solid, completing 7-of-15 passes for 245 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. The senior-to-be also had a rushing score. …Wiregrass receiver Brendon Kozicki had three catches for 115 yards, which included a 46-yard TD reception in the second quarter. …Led by linebacker Austin Yeloushan, Sunlake sacked Bucenell four times and forced two fumbles.

Did you know? Wesley Chapel originally planned to participate in the jamboree. But after the game was moved to Friday because of lightning, the Wildcats could not to play due to scheduling conflicts with graduation and testing. …Wiregrass coach Mike Lawrence said his team was without numerous players for undisclosed reasons. …Bulls linebacker Jaye Miner, who has offers from several Division I programs, lined up at receiver for a few plays and had a 14-yard catch in the first quarter.

Audible 1: "This spring, I kept all of my kids in weightlifting and track and we didn't do any of (the 7-on-7 passing competitions). So I wanted to work on the throwing game and I think it was effective." — Sunlake coach Bill Browning on the game plan for rising sophomore quarterback Justin Hall, who threw two touchdowns

Audible 2: "I'm very proud of our kids and what they accomplished tonight. People probably thought we were going to come out here and just get the (expletive) beat out of us. But we competed. Even when we were down, they fought back and never gave up." — Lawrence

Jeff Odom, Times correspondent

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