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Dade City teams ready to continue Super Bowl success

Dade City's flyweights and mighty mites won semifinal games this weekend and will attempt to defend their division titles Saturday in the Pasco Police Athletic League Super Bowls.

The flyweights go for a fourth straight league title at 11 a.m. against host Lutz at the Oscar Cooler Recreation Complex.

The mighty mites will play in their third consecutive Super Bowl.

"It's been a lot of years of winning," Dade City flyweights coach David Guy said. "Sometime it's going to come to an end, you just don't know when."

In the Eastern Conference flyweights semifinals, Jacob Guy, Trey Giles and Mike Clower had touchdown runs in Dade City's 26-0 win against Zephyrhills. Janarion Grant also scored on an interception.

The mighty mites game was closer with the Pirates eking out a 6-2 win over New Tampa on Tyler Guy's 35-yard touchdown pass to Josh Johnson. Johnson ran into his own end zone for a safety with six seconds left in the game.

"We took a safety so we wouldn't have to punt out of our own end zone," Dade City coach Tony Sanderson said.

Hudson placed three teams in the Western Conference semifinals, but none advanced to the PPAL Super Bowls. The New Port Richey varsity defeated Hudson 28-0 and East Lake's junior varsity beat the Cobras 32-0.

Hudson's flyweights came up short in Saturday's closest game, a 28-22 triple-overtime loss to East Lake.

"It was exciting," Hudson flyweights coach Kipper Connell said, "but it would have been more exciting if we had gone to three overtimes and won."

Cody Beck and Anthony Bishop had touchdown runs, and Dylan Buono kicked a two-point conversion for the Cobras during regulation. (In PPAL, two points are awarded for a kick after a touchdown.)

In a Kansas tiebreaker format, Beck ran for a score and Buono added another kick to match East Lake in the first overtime. Both defenses held in the second overtime, but Hudson could not match an East Lake score on its third try.

New Port Richey's varsity held an opponent scoreless for the second straight playoff game (the Buccaneers defeated West Hernando 42-0 in the first round) in the win over Hudson.

Andy Medina and Ray Sousa each had an interception, and Nick Brock recovered a fumble for the Bucs.

"They're animals," New Port Richey coach Mike Donnelly said of his defenders. "They fly around, 11 to the ball."

On offense, Medina ran for a 2-yard touchdown and hooked up with Bobby Carroll on a 12-yard scoring pass. Anthony Jackson had a 7-yard touchdown run and Victor Rodriguez scored on a 3-yard run.

New Port Richey plays Lutz, a team it beat 22-0 this season, for the varsity title.