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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."

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