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+ Pasco (1-1), which visits Hernando (2-0) on Friday, finally connected on a halfback option pass last week after several unsuccessful tries.

Kenny Roberts withstood a crushing hit from Ridgewood's Keith Conley to hit Joe Bain on a 35-yard strike. The play set up a 6-yard Roberts scoring run five plays later and helped seal a 27-8 victory for the Pirates.

+ Gulf (0-2), which visits Springstead (0-2) on Friday, didn't make a first down last week until midway through the fourth quarter of a 37-6 loss to Countryside.

Ramiel Martinez scored its only touchdown on a 6-yard run.

One of Gulf's few highlights was executing an onsides kick on the opening kickoff.

+ Land O'Lakes (2-0), which visits Central (2-0) on Friday, got a breakout performance from freshman quarterback Drew Weatherford in a 26-10 win over Palm Harbor University.

He doubled his completions from the previous 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 tailback Godfrey Pestana.


+ Pasco's dynamic duo of Bain and Roberts looked mortal in the first half last Friday. The two combined for a mere 23 yards on 13 touches.

Bain and Roberts got on track in the second half.

Roberts rushed for 112 of his 127 yards on nine second-half carries. Bain caught three balls for 113 yards after halftime.

Each player had a scoring play of 61 or more yards.

With back-to-back 100-yard plus rushing games and three touchdowns, Pestana is off to a solid start in defending his Pasco County rushing and scoring titles.

Pestana had rushed for 173 against Palm Harbor. That figure, coupled with 46 yards passing, gave him 219 all-purpose yards. Plus, he has six touchdowns.

+ It was a rough night last Friday 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 7 yards before fumbling. PHU linebacker Jack Garrity recovered both fumbles.


+ "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 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.

_ John C. Cotey, Jamal Thalji, Steve Lee, Wayne Grumet, Steve Ponall, Eric Muskatevc compiled this report