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ZEPHYRHILLS' NIGHT OF HONOR

The Bulldogs retire the jersey of Ryan Pickett and defeat Wiregrass Ranch for homecoming.

On homecoming night the Bulldogs faced Wiregrass Ranch, and held a ceremony to honor the most successful player in Bulldogs history.

Zephyrhills prevailed 21-6 Friday night as NFL veteran Ryan Pickett looked on.

The Bulldogs got off to a quick start, scoring on their first possession on a 5-yard pass from Tyler Guy to Alex Sampson.

After costly penalties stopped the Bulls from getting a first down, Kyle Poston returned a punt 40 yards for a touchdown to put the Bulldogs up 14-0 in the first quarter.

After letting the Bulldogs score again on a 3-yard run from Alex Paniagha, the Bulls found the end zone on a 9-yard run from Josiah Johnson in the second quarter but missed the extra point.

The Bulls threatened three times in the second half but staunch defense by the Bulldogs kept the second half scoreless.

Guy went 14 for 19 with one interception and a touchdown for Zephyrhills, and Bulls quarterback James Tringali went 8 for 18 for 79 yards, one interception and no touchdowns.

Bulldogs running back Michael Peterson ran for 69 yards with a long of 22.

After the victory Zephyrhills retired the jersey number of NFL defensive lineman Ryan Pickett, who graduated in 1998.

Pickett is the only Pasco County athlete drafted in the first round in any sport. He went on to star at Ohio State and now, in his eighth NFL season, plays for the Green Bay Packers.

Of the night's activities, Pickett said, "It's an honor, man."

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