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Published Aug. 28, 2005


Zephyrhills 19 River Ridge 0

Mitchell 27 Hudson 21

Pasco 62 Hernando 6

Ridgewood 24 Gulf 16

Wesley Chapel 15 Land O'Lakes 0


"He's got the option to keep it or throw it. It's a good thing he kept it."

_ TOM FISHER, Zephyrhills coach, on Sederrik Cunningham's 70-yard touchdown run on a sprintout play


SEDERRIK CUNNINGHAM, ZEPHYRHILLS: In his first start at quarterback, the sophomore rushed for a game-high 80 yards on nine carries, including a 70-yard touchdown, and completed 2-of-6 for 47 yards and a 35-yard touchdown.

DAVID WILLIAMS, RIDGEWOOD: The freshman running back rushed for 136 yards and three touchdowns in place of county rushing leader Mike Galizia, who served the first of a four-game suspension.

TONY SMITH, PASCO: After two losses, Pasco coach Dale Caparaso gambled by putting the sophomore at quarterback and it ended up being a wise decision. Smith completed 6-of-10, four for touchdowns, and totaled 211 yards through the air.

D.J. CROSBY, MITCHELL: The senior showed off his flypaper hands, catching five passes for 90 yards and scoring on a 37-yard pass from Chris Watts. Crosby had two interceptions, the last coming with 1:32 remaning to seal the win.

NATE TOOLE, HUDSON: The battering ram was the main weapon for the Cobras, running for 75 yards on 14 carries and scoring once to spark a second-half rally that came up short.

JEFF REAMER, WESLEY CHAPEL: The senior wide receiver and defensive back had a 13-yard touchdown catch, recovered a fumble on a punt and intercepted Joe Weatherford on the final play of the game.


The milestones keep coming for Wesley Chapel. The Wildcats extended a school-record regular-season win streak to 13 with their victory over Land O'Lakes, won for the first time at Gator Stadium and posted their second shutout over the Gators, the first coming in 2001. Wesley Chapel has not lost in the regular season since the final game of 2002, a 27-23 loss to Land O'Lakes.


Spencer Brown had a memorable Friday night. The Mitchell fullback/defensive end was everywhere against Hudson, rushing for 61 yards on 15 carries, scoring twice, throwing a pass on a fake punt and making key stops in the second quarter. To cap off the night, he was named Homecoming King.


Zephyrhills running back and defensive back Bryan Thomas had a nice game against River Ridge, rushing for 76 yards on nine carries, catching two passes for 47 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown, and intercepting two passes. But, oh, the game he could have had. If not for a couple of holding penalties, he would have tacked on scoring runs of 73 and 9 yards.


The scoreboard clock at Zephyrhills' Bulldog Stadium, knocked out by Hurricane Frances, still was not working Friday, so time was kept on the field. Parts have been ordered, and the clock is expected to be operational for the next home game, Oct. 7 against Mitchell.


+ Bad snaps by River Ridge led to a 13-yard loss on a punt that set up a Zephyrhills touchdown and a lost fumble on a fourth-down play. A quick recovery by punter Cameron Baker after a high snap prevented another lost-yardage play.

+ How dominating is Wesley Chapel's defense? It has posted two shutouts and allowed seven points in three games. The Wildcats had six sacks, three interceptions and a fumble recovery against Land O'Lakes. One sack, shared by Khalil Madani and Mark Revelia, resulted in a safety.

+ Vince Chalecki's interception of Joe Weatherford was more a matter of protecting his face. The Wesley Chapel inside linebacker raised his hands to snare a quick pass over the middle and pulled the ball down as he fell at the line of scrimmage.

+ Neither Hudson nor River Ridge recorded a first down until late in the third quarter.


+ Despite the setback against Wesley Chapel, Land O'Lakes has a promising passing duo for the future in Joe Weatherford and Develin Robinson. Weatherford completed 10 passes for 147 yards, with Robinson making five catches for 106 yards. Both are sophomores.

+ Granted, River Ridge averages fewer than nine points per game and has been shut out twice. But that should not diminish Zephyrhills' dominant defensive effort.

+ Okay, so the district is a little weak and Mitchell backed into the playoffs as a district runnerup last season with a 3-7 record. But this year's Mustangs are the real deal. This is their best shot at winning their first district title.


Times staff writers