WESLEY CHAPEL — Jeremy Shobe, in his first year as Wiregrass Ranch coach, brags about turning a page with his Bulls program, in only its third year of existence.
Friday's 31-0 victory over Central was a good start for Shobe, who was named coach May 28 after Ricky Thomas resigned.
"We've got to change things," Shobe said. "This is a new time and new era here. We're made a lot of changes from weightlifting to our program and it's time to change people's attitudes, and I think we'll be doing that."
The Bulls relied heavily on their running game, as junior Josiah Johnson rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. Johnson shook off a rocky start, losing a fumble on the first play of the game.
"Josiah is a strong, tough kid and he's not going to let that kind of stuff get him down because he knows what his talents are," Shobe said. "Josiah's our main running back and he's going to do a fantastic job."
Wiregrass was also led by sophomore quarterback James Tringali, who went 8-of-10 for 75 yards with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Will Ferguson. Kicker Steven Esoff had a 31-yard field goal, and defensive lineman Niko Hieber returned a fumble 27 yards late in the game.
The Bears, a team in rebuilding mode with just 28 players on its roster, didn't muster much with zero passing yards and four lost fumbles. Their quarterback, Artie Gartner, led the team offensively with 54 rushing yards.
"We've got a lot of things to work on and a lot of adversity to overcome with injuries and stuff," Central coach Cliff Lohrey said. "We're not too focused on the positives right now."