Zephyrhills tailback Michael Moody is already having a superlative season and he's played only two games. He scored five touchdowns Friday night, tying a school record set by Mike McGinnis in 1963. Add that to the three touchdowns he had against Wesley Chapel in the season-opening win, and Moody has already scored 48 points this season.
Zephyrhills quarterback John Briscoe continues to impress. Against Hudson, he completed 7 of 10 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown, hooking up with wide receiver Ben Raines on a 38-yard strike in the first quarter that helped give the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead.
Zephyrhills' A.J. Devonshire scored on offense and defense Friday. He scored the night's first touchdown, catching a 16-yard touchdown pass from Kenny McCullough on a fake field goal to help the Bulldogs to a 7-0 lead. Devonshire then scooped up a Hudson fumble in the third quarter and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown to increase the lead to 58-0.
Wesley Chapel coach John Castelamare received a Gatorade bath from his players after the team avenged last season's bitter 58-6 blowout by Tampa Catholic. Castelamare and Tampa Catholic coach John Diehli shook hands after Friday night's game, each apologizing for the sportsmanship of their players. The Wildcats were hit with eight penalties, including two personal fouls, for 60 total yards and TC was called six times for 70 yards, including three personal fouls. In fact, Diehli would not allow his players to shake hands after the game.
Ridgewood, trailing 13-8, appeared to reclaim the lead on its next drive as Mario Policastri raced 18 yards for a score. A holding penalty on Gus Kalathakis erased the play. Michael Cassagnol fumbled on the next play, setting up a back-breaking 72-yard scoring strike to Pasco's Joe Bain.
Pasco finally connected on a halfback option pass Friday. Kenny Roberts withstood a crushing hit from Ridgewood's Keith Conley to hit Bain on a 35-yard strike. The play set up a 6-yard Roberts scoring run five plays later.
For the second straight week, River Ridge held the opponent on the first drive, failed to move the ball itself, and then snapped the punt attempt into the end zone. Last week, punter Paul Clapson retrieved the ball for a minus-21 yard punt. Friday, the ball made it through the end zone for a safety.
Running back Matt Harden was Wesley Chapel's workhorse Friday night, gaining 147 yards on only 11 carries. Harden, one of only eight seniors on the Wildcats roster, scored on a 74-yard scamper early in the second quarter to put Wesley Chapel ahead 14-0.
As if they needed any help, Wesley Chapel capitalized on five Tampa Catholic turnovers en route to the 50-14 drubbing Friday night. Danny Hunnewell grabbed two interceptions, quarterback Spencer Honeycutt made one and Tyrone Tomlin added another. In addition, defensive back Marcuis Fedler scooped up a fumble early in the fourth quarter and ran 68 yards for a touchdown to put the Wildcats up 50-0.
Pasco's dynamic duo of Bain and Roberts looked mortal in the first half. The two combined for a mere 23 yards on 13 touches. Bain and Roberts would get on track in the second half. Roberts rushed for 112 of his 127 yards on nine second-half carries. Bain would catch three balls for 113 yards after intermission. Each player also had a scoring play of 61 or more yards.
Ridgewood's Wing-T offense looked sharp. The Rams racked up 178 yards at 4.7 yards a carry. Ridgewood had six plays of 10 or more yards. Cassagnol led the way with 79 yards on 14 carries.
With back-to-back 100-yard plus rushing games and three touchdowns, Land O'Lakes' Godfrey Pestana is off to a solid start in defending his Pasco County rushing and scoring titles. Pestana had rushed for 173 against PHU. That figure, coupled with 46 yards passing, gave Pestana 219 all-purpose yards. And he already has six touchdowns.
It was a rough night to be a Hoskins in a Land O'Lakes uniform. On his first carry of the game, sophomore running back Tom Hoskins gained six yards and lost a fumble at the end of that run. On the first pass thrown to James Hoskins, the senior flanker _ Tom's brother _ picked up seven yards before fumbling. PHU linebacker Jack Garrity recovered both fumbles.
Land O'Lakes freshman quarterback Drew Weatherford doubled his completions from last week, had his first 100-yard passing game and threw his first touchdown pass. Weatherford went 6-for-11 for 101 yards with an interception and a 46-yard scoring pass to Pestana.
Todd Sabean led River Ridge with 16 rushing yards on eight carries, but Jesse Hoolihan had the most total yards with 33 yards, 28 coming via two receptions.
Tim Dare was sacked six times, and has now been sacked nine times in two games.
"I'm not going to change anything, we're going to keep on trying and get better." _ Hudson coach Terry Voyles.
"Hopefully (this win) doesn't give us a false sense of confidence. We have to get back to earth and be ready to play some tough ballgames." _ Zephyrhills coach Tom Fisher.
"There is nothing I can really say about him. He can do it all. He can run, catch, jump. It makes my job a lot easier. All I have to do it sit back there and throw it up." _ Wesley Chapel quarterback Spencer Honeycutt on the performance of receiver Tyrone Tomlin, who caught four passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns.
"We had a lot of positives tonight. We've got to understand that we've got to be able to deal with adversity It's the first game of the season and we'll grow from that. No doubt about it." _ Ridgewood coach Wayne Parzik.
"He's probably got one of those d--- X's on his chest, it hit him so hard." _ Land O'Lakes assistant coach Bill Gebauer after a Brian Beach pass attempt bounced of the chest of linebacker Casey McFann.
"I'm supposed to run him 25 times a game." _ Land O'Lakes coach John Benedetto said after being informed Pestana had 19 carries for 173 yards.
"If they're going to be champions, they need to respond." _ Benedetto on the Gators' comeback.
"I'm thinking about it." _ Injured River Ridge fullback Mike Tubolino when asked why he doesn't sneak into the locker room and sneak out in a different number so he could play Friday. Tubolino sat out with an eye injury.
"I told you earlier that I though if we didn't come out ready to play that we could be in for a long night. The coaches saw it all week. I don't know if it was a letdown after losing to Land O'Lakes, but it just wasn't there." _ River Ridge coach Mike DeGennaro.
_ JOHN C. COTEY, JAMAL THALJI, STEVE LEE, WAYNE GRUMET, STEVE PONALL