DADE CITY — With five Touchdowns in the first half Land O’ Lakes (5-2) cruised to a 49-18 victory to dampen the Pasco Pirates Homecoming.
After struggling last week, Gators junior quarterback Ethan Forrester did well through the air, throwing for 226 yards and opened the game with a rushing touchdown for Land O’ Lakes less than 4 minutes into the game.
Forrester’s next tally came on a flea-flicker to Jacob Neary for a score. Neary had two on the night, the other a 66-yard strike form Forrester. Land O’ Lakes skipper Chad Walker, complimented Forrester on a good week of practice and a very controlled performance on the field.
Trailing 21-0 and after three consecutive 3-and-out series the Pirates finally struck pay dirt on a 1-yard dive by Malcom Gibbs, that followed a 55-yard reception by Darrion Robinson (three catches, 136 yards) from sophomore Devin Jerrigan (11-of-14, 127 yards), It was Jerrigan’s first start for Coach Tom McHuge and he responded by breaking the ice after 14 straight quarters without an offensive score.
Pasco made a quarterback change to senior Jacquez Mobley in the third quarter who had been used as a QB earlier in the season, mostly in the “Wildcat formation”. Mobley accounted for more than 100 yards rushing and receiving. He passed for 71 yards including a 29-yard touchdown to sophomore Edward Matos on the final play of the game.
Gators senior running back, Kyle Leivas, scampered for 137 yards and three touchdowns. The best run of the night came from senior running back Nate Howard in the third quarter when he broke four tackles on route to a 43-yard touchdown run.
The Gators biggest game of the year will be next week when they meet district-leading Mitchell. If they beat the Mustangs and Pasco loses to Springstead, the Gators, Mustangs and Eagles would be in a three-way tie for the district lead with one loss each in district play. The playoff point system, which emphasizes strength of schedule and marquee wins, would decided the district champ.