LAND O'LAKES — Sunlake scored on its first three drives and rode a sound defense rest of the way to hand the Bulls their first defeat. Kevis Warren ran for two touchdowns and Sunlake quarterback Justin Hall added two 1-yard sneaks as the Seahawks (2-1) led 28-0. Both of Wiregrass' touchdowns came in the final six minutes.
Drive of the game: What could have been a three and out on Sunlake's first possession turned into a 12-play, 73-yard, seven-minute march thanks to Tyler Peretti's tip-drill catch. Later, Peretti grabbed a ball behind his back, then plowed for 19 yards, dragging six Bulls defenders to the 1-foot line. Hall plunged in on the next play for a 7-0 lead.
Stars of the game: Warren went for 65 of his 68 yards in the first half, the second touchdown an inside handoff on third and goal from the 5 for a 21-0 advantage. … Bryant Beachem blocked and recovered a punt at the Wiregrass 19 to set up the second score, and squashed a half-ending Bulls drive with an interception. … Sunlake linebacker Chris Williams had a 25-yard interception return and a hard (but clean) hit that knocked Bulls quarterback Chris Faddoul out of the game for a series. … Jason Winston recovered a fumble for Wiregrass but Cris Galdos, who had a 20-yard gain on his only offensive attempt, ended the Bulls' threat with the first of his two sacks. … Izzy Aquino and Adam Jarvis were strong up front defensively for Sunlake while Shamaur McDowell and Ryan Scamardo made some standout plays for the Bulls. … Da Da McGee ran for 64 yards and Chase Oliver added 35 on just six carries for Wiregrass (1-1).
Stats of the game: Sunlake was truly on cruise control in the second half, getting its only points on a 1-yard field thanks to Brandon Bundick's recovery of a muffed punt. After outgaining Wiregrass 172-87 in the first half, Sunlake was held to 30 yards the rest of the way. Faddoul ran for one score and threw a 2-yarder to Jacob Hill and the Bulls ran for 157 yards on 40 carries.
Final word: "The clock was on our side. They have some great players in that secondary, so there was no reason to do anything crazy and risk a pick six." — Sunlake coach Bill Browning, on not attempting a pass in the second half.
Final word II: "Having the extra week off didn't hurt us. What hurt us was having a bus accident before the game" — Wiregrass coach Mark Kantor, whose team had to wait an hour after an incident en route to Sunlake. There will be no such concern next week as the Bulls start district play at home, against Sickles.