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Hudson crushes Zephyrhills

The invisible wall that runs down the middle of Pasco County came down on Friday night.

For the first time in more than three years, for the first time in 52 games, a west Pasco team beat a team from the county's east side.

And Hudson didn't just beat Zephyrhills. The Cobras _ who dressed just 21 players _ ran all over the Bulldogs, piling up more than 400 rushing yards in a 56-34 homecoming mauling.

"We've waited a long time to beat an east side team," Hudson coach Terry Voyles said. "I'm really speechless. I've said all year that I had confidence in these kids, and sooner or later, when they start having confidence in themselves, they're going to play some football."

Hudson (4-5, 2-2 in Class 3A, District 9) had three players rush for more than 100 yards, led by Nathan Toole's 181 yards and two touchdowns. Travis Miller topped the 100-yard mark on a 39-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, his third score of the game, and Tommy Snow had 104 yards and two touchdowns.

Zephyrhills (6-3, 1-3) showed a lack of intensity after being eliminated from playoff contention with a loss to Pasco last week. The Bulldogs converted a turnover for a touchdown on their second offensive play, but were unable to stop the Cobras, who did not punt.

"This was an old-fashioned butt-whupping," Zephyrhills coach Tom Fisher said. "Definitely no intensity. Very flat, and I don't even call it flat. We were under the ground."

Hudson's 56 points set a school record. The win was the Cobras' first against Zephyrhills since 1992. The last time a west side school beat an east side team was Oct. 12, 2000, when Ridgewood beat Wesley Chapel.

In the past, Zephyrhills had put up big numbers on Hudson, including a 72-0 win in 2000. This time, the Bulldogs got a 64-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter from Keith Ostermann to Tony Smiley, who later returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, but those simply answered Hudson scores.