Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tarpon Springs 38, Hudson 6

HUDSON — If standout Hudson quarterback Zack Wynn is asked after his prep career wraps up to pick one pass he'd like to have back, he almost certainly will select his interception at the midway point of the third quarter in Friday night's game against Tarpon Springs.

"That's what got them going," Wynn said.

After a lengthy and impressive drive to start to half, Wynn's toss toward the Tarpon Springs end zone with Hudson trailing just 10-6 was intercepted by Spongers linebacker Kostas Vavlas at the 4. Three plays later, Tarpon Springs tailback Darius Daniels ran 58 yards for the score and Hudson never recovered.

Tarpon Springs won 38-6, clinching the Class 4A, District 6 title.

"If they punch it in, it's a whole different spin on the game," Spongers coach George Kotis said.

Hudson (4-4, 2-1) can still make the playoffs by beating Wiregrass Ranch next week. For Tarpon Springs (7-2, 4-0), it's the program's first district crown since 2005 and gives the Spongers a first-round game at home.

Tarpon Springs won as a team.

The offense, led by Daniels' 141-yard, three-touchdown effort, gained well over 400 yards. The defense harassed Wynn most of the night, holding him to 124 yards while intercepting him twice.

"We just played our defense," Spongers defensive end Kevin Jones said.

That was especially true during the final 34 minutes.

Early in the second quarter, the Cobras surged ahead 6-3 on a 56-yard touchdown strike from Wynn to James Tello, but that drive seemed to serve as Tarpon Springs' wakeup call.

"It bothered us," Spongers cornerback Josiah Fisk said. "We wanted to show them that they couldn't do it again. You only got it one time and that was a mistake."

Tarpon Springs38

Tarpon Springs 38, Hudson 6 10/30/09 [Last modified: Friday, October 30, 2009 11:37pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Cubs down Dodgers 3-2; force NLCS Game 5 Thursday


    CHICAGO — Javier Baez snapped an 0-for-20 skid with two home runs, former Ray Wade Davis hung on for a six-out save and the Cubs avoided a sweep, holding off the Dodgers 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series.

  2. Bucs' Vernon Hargreaves: 'I'm not making any plays'


    TAMPA — Eli Manning gathered his receivers together on the sideline during the Giants' Week 4 game against the Bucs and told them he planned to target the weakest link of the secondary all afternoon.

    Patriots receiver Chris Hogan gets position in front of Bucs cornerback Vernon Hargreaves for a 5-yard touchdown pass in New England’s win on Oct. 5.
  3. Lightning's J.T. Brown to stop anthem protest, focus on community involvement

    Lightning Strikes

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lightning wing J.T. Brown will no longer raise his first as a protest during the national anthem before games.

    J.T. Brown says he will work more with the Tampa police and groups that serve at-risk young people.
  4. Signs point to Jameis Winston dressing vs. Bills


    TAMPA — The Bucs didn't sign another quarterback Wednesday, which would suggest they are confident that Jameis Winston can be active as a backup to Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday at Buffalo if he doesn't start.

  5. FSU doesn't feel need for ongoing reminder of last year's beatdown at Louisville


    Of course Florida State remembers what happened against Louisville last year. The 63-20 loss was one of the worst defeats in Seminoles history.

    Louisville's Lamar Jackson looks back at the action from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Murray State, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)