TARPON SPRINGS — Tarpon Springs coach George Kotis was happy to pick up a 35-14 victory over Ridgewood but said the team did little to send fans home proud of the effort.
One week after defeating Largo, the Spongers (5-1) were held to a 14-7 halftime lead against the 1-5 Rams and were limited to 13 yards rushing and only three first downs.
Words were said at halftime, Kotis said, but overall the entire team wasn't prepared, including coaches.
"We wanted to see if they could put behind them the big Largo game and understand how important this one was," Kotis said. "We showed that we are not quite as mature as I would like us to be. It's hard to come back from an emotional game, but we stressed that shouldn't be a hurdle we can't overcome."
The second half was better for the Spongers. A blocked punt set up a 5-yard touchdown run for Adrian Golden. Seven minutes later he added a 55-yard touchdown run and finished the game with 100 yards on eight carries.
Ridgewood recovered three Tarpon fumbles and intercepted two passes. Two of those fumble recoveries set up scores: a touchdown run by Cameron Rodriguez and a score by Scott Kujac.