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Published Sep. 15, 2009

Behind 153 yards on 28 carries from running back Josh Johnson, Wiregrass Ranch set up what coach Jeremy Shobe calls the biggest game in his school's short history by defeating Zephyrhills 13-7 Monday night at Bulls Stadium.

Wiregrass Ranch (2-0) faces Wesley Chapel on Friday, on short rest after winning a game originally scheduled last week.

"It is going to be a tough week, but I would have rather had it come against (Wesley Chapel) than another team," Shobe said.

The Bulls, with a ferocious defense, forced three turnovers and intercepted Bulldogs quarterback Charles Smith two times.

And Zephyrhills did not help itself, committing 10 penalties for 90 yards.

Wiregrass took a 13-0 lead five minutes before halftime on a 4-yard Josh Johnson touchdown run.

Zephyrhills (0-1) battled back in the second half though, scoring on Smith's 1-yard run to get within six.

Smith finished 7-of-14 for 144 yards through the air. But the Bulldogs could not find any other success offensively, as their last chance was intercepted by Bulls corner Antwan Prince.

Bulldogs quarterback Jamal Roberts, a Wesley Chapel transfer, was out with an injury.

"We just have to get our timing down offensively and it is going to get there," Zephyrhills co-head coach Troy Hochstetler said.

"(Charles Smith) played a good game, but we missed (Jamal Roberts)," co-head coach Greg Mathis said.