CRYSTAL RIVER — Wiregrass Ranch has T-shirts that read, "The Football Factory" on the back.
While the Bulls still have a little ways to go to reach that distinction, the 2009 season, to date, has validated that line of thinking.
Wiregrass Ranch overcame a 7-0 deficit Friday night to beat Crystal River 14-7.
The Bulls came up with a stop on fourth and 2 near midfield with less than two minutes remaining. They regained possession and subsequently ran out the clock.
Wiregrass Ranch had just 9 yards of offense in the first half but used a huge special teams play and ball-hawking defense to earn the victory.
An adjustment at halftime was all the Bulls needed, coach Jeremy Schobe said.
"The attitude had to come out, and we had to fix it," Schobe said. "I think the biggest thing is we are a two-platoon team and they had a lot of starters going both ways."
The Bulls (4-1) got three fumble recoveries on defense and 109 yards rushing and one touchdown from Josh Johnson.
Crystal River (3-2) got 180 yards on 34 carries from Travaughn Brooks. The Pirates scored on a 32-yard pass from Macon Newcomer to Heath Hernandez with less than five minutes left before halftime to take a 7-0 lead.
After the teams traded turnovers, Crystal River punted with less than a minute remaining in the second quarter. Antwan Prince provided the spark the Bulls needed, going 90 yards for a score to tie it with 38 seconds left.
In the fourth quarter, Wiregrass Ranch capped a 14-play, 85-yard drive with a 12-yard scamper by Johnson. The workhorse accounted for 67 yards on the drive.