GULF (2-7) AT SUNLAKE (8-1)
WHEN/WHERE: 7:30 p.m./Seahawk Stadium, 3023 Sunlake Boulevard, Land O' Lakes
COACHES: Tom Carter (Gulf), Bill Browning (Sunlake)
LAST WEEK: Wesley Chapel 35, Gulf 7; Sunlake 42, Brooksville Central 0
LAST MEETING: Sunlake 35, Gulf 0 (2010)
NEED TO KNOW: The Buccaneers wrap up a difficult season with a difficult road test. Carter's first year as head coach following a successful tenure as an assistant at Land O' Lakes hasn't gone according to schedule as Gulf has been outscored 294-114, including last week's blowout loss to Wesley Chapel in the home finale. Genaro Ramirez, one of the Buccaneers' lone bright spots this season, scored on a 1-yard plunge early in the second quarter to tie the score at 7-7 before Wildcats' freshman quarterback Ty Tanner tossed three touchdowns to help Wesley Chapel pull away at the half. ... The Seahawks will be looking not to have any injuries in their season home finale against Gulf heading into the playoffs, and will likely play their starters for a limited amount of time before giving way to the backups. Sunlake in last week's blowout victory over Brooksville Central, scored mainly via the passing game, as Cameron Stoltz added to his already high season totals and threw four touchdowns. Sunlake also ran the ball very effectively, as they amounted over 230 yards on the ground vs. the Bears. Keeping key two-way starters healthy like Rashaud Daniels and Jamal Jones will be vital on Sunlake's senior night, as they want to be 100 percent heading in the school's first-ever playoff matchup vs. Ocala Vanguard, who is 7-2 so far on the season and has allowed 98 points in nine games.
ZEPHYRHILLS (5-4) AT WIREGRASS RANCH (0-9)
WHEN/WHERE: 7:30 p.m./Wiregrass Ranch Stadium 2909 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel
COACHES: Reggie Roberts (Zephyrhills), Jeremy Shobe (Wiregrass)
LAST WEEK: Pasco 45, Zephyrhills 0; Freedom 19, Wiregrass Ranch 13, OT
LAST MEETING: Wiregrass Ranch 22, Zephyrhills 6 (2010)
NEED TO KNOW: The Bulldogs look to wrap up a remarkable turn-around season by picking up its sixth win, the most the program has had since going 5-5 in 2007. After winning just four games in the past two season, Zephyrhills alum Reggie Roberts has breathed new life into the program, making it a district contender until back-to-back losses to Fivay and Pasco. Leading the way has been do-it-all quarterback Jamal Roberts, who has 1,167 rushing yards, despite behind held to minus 24 by Pasco. The Bulldogs, however, have used a mix of athleticism and finally veteran leadership to become the third-best team in Class 5A-District 6, especially after scoring just 158 points and giving up 407 last season. … Trying to avoid the first winless season in school history, Wiregrass played its best game of the year last week in nearly pulling out an overtime win against Freedom and now has one last chance to get that elusive victory. The Bulls turned to Jamel Nunez for key contributions on offense against the Patriots, and have given him more and more work as the season has progressed. He and Jamie Barone are the team's best rushing threats. Wiregrass Ranch has won its last two meetings against Zephyrhills. The Bulls will honor late faculty member Chris Bounnell prior to the game. Bounnell taught at both schools and passed away on the second day of the current school year. He was 54.
RIVER RIDGE (5-4) AT HUDSON (0-9)
WHEN/WHERE: 7:30 p.m./Cobra Stadium, 14410 Cobra Way, Hudson
COACHES: Ryan Benjamin (River Ridge), Justin Fenton (Hudson)
LAST WEEK: Land O' Lakes 21, River Ridge 20; Anclote 41, Hudson 10
LAST MEETING: River Ridge 26, Hudson 13
NEED TO KNOW: The Royal Knights are vying for their first winning season in more than a decade, and are going against a Cobras squad that is stilling for a win in the Fenton-era. So there is plenty riding on this late-season matchup. Austin Schwarz, playing in his final game, needs three TDs for 10 on the season. Three of River Ridge's four losses have been by a touchdown or less. … The Cobras have scored double-digit points in back-to-back games after failing to do so in their first seven games of the season. … This night can't come soon enough for the undersized Cobras. Dating back to the 2009 playoffs, Hudson has lost 21 consecutive games, dating back to Nov. 6, 2009. The Cobras only have scored 44 points in nine games while yielding 362. The good thing is Fenton will only lose seven seniors heading into next season.
WESLEY CHAPEL (5-4) AT LAND O' LAKES (6-3)
WHEN/WHERE: 7:30 p.m./Gator Stadium, 20325 Gator Lane, Land O' Lakes
COACHES: Ben Alford (Wesley Chapel); Brian Wachtel (Land O' Lakes)
LAST WEEK: Wesley Chapel 35, Gulf 7; Land O' Lakes 21, River Ridge 20
LAST MEETING: Land O' Lakes 49, Wesley Chapel 3 (2010)
NEED TO KNOW: The Wildcats wrap up their season with their third-straight road game, looking to put up its first .500 or better season since 2007. Wesley Chapel has found new life out of freshman quarterback Ty Tanner, who scored all five of the Wildcats touchdowns against Gulf, including three touchdown passes in the first half. After going 12-for-21 passing for 221 yards, Tanner has 780 passing yards, 9 touchdown passes, plus a team-high five rushing touchdowns. Tanner's receiving targets have been brother, senior Keegan (3 TD, 192 yards), Sasha Mentor (5 TD, 305 yards), Robert Jota (3 TD, 419) and Xavier Leatherbury (3 TD, 169 yards). … This will be the last prep game for several Land O' Lakes seniors, among them University of Florida-bound TE Kent Taylor, who has 24 catches for 395 yards and four TDs, as well as QB Ryan Bird and LB Jackson Cannon. Another senior, Nico Watts, who may be best known for his game-winning TD catch against River Ridge last week, has an impressive six interceptions on defense.
BISHOP MCLAUGHLIN (4-5) VS LECANTO SEVEN RIVERS CHRISTIAN (6-2)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m./Ernie Wever Youth Park, 19473 Youth Drive, Brooksville
COACHES: Derrick Alexander (Bishop McLaughlin), Paul Roher (Seven Rivers)
LAST WEEK: Bishop McLaughlin 28, Merritt Island Christian 7; Seven Rivers 54, Bell 28
LAST MEETING: First meeting
NEED TO KNOW: Bishop McLaughlin coach Derrick Alexander and his team have enjoyed a total turnaround from what the first five games showed, as the Hurricanes raced out to an eye-opening 0-5 start and leaving the team to ponder what the problems were. Four games later, Bishop McLaughlin has fully figured it out and are in the Sunshine State Athletic Conference playoffs after last week's 28-7 victory over Merritt Island Christian, were able to dominate in all facets of the game, as the Hurricanes put together one of their best games of the year. Hurricanes quarterback R.J. Perciavalle (1,580 yards, 15 touchdowns) had another great performance, as the sophomore signal-caller threw for 241 yards and four touchdowns and Bishop McLaughlin's ground game nearly amounted 100 yards. The Hurricanes will need to ride the momentum of their current four-game winning streak if they look to get past the first round of the SSAC playoffs and it begins with Lecanto Seven Rivers Christian. ...The Warriors come in with a very efficient offense, as Seven Rivers is led by leading rusher John Iwaniec, who has rushed for 1,144 yards and scored 11 touchdowns this season. Seven Rivers quarterback Josh Downey has taken care of the ball well for the Warriors, as the senior has thrown nine touchdowns to only one interception. The winner will play the Haines City Landmark Christian-Ocala Christian winner Nov. 18 for the SSAC championship.
ANCLOTE (4-5) AT SPRING HILL SPRINGSTEAD (2-7)
WHEN/WHERE: 7:30 p.m./Booster Stadium, 3300 Mariner Boulevard, Spring Hill
COACHES: Matt Wicks (Anclote), Bill Vonada (Springstead)
LAST WEEK: Anclote 41, Hudson 10; Brooksville Nature Coast 34, Springstead 3
LAST MEETING: First meeting
NEED TO KNOW: Anclote's vision at the beginning of the season was to reach the school's first-ever playoff berth, but instead comes into its matchup with Springstead with an opportunity to notch the school's first ever .500 season for the football team and after last week's blowout victory over Hudson, look primed and ready to do so. Sharks running back Alonzo Pettiford (1,465 all-purpose yards) has been basically on fire, as the senior scatback rushed for 164 yards last week on just a mere six carries and has scored nine touchdowns on the season. Anclote continues on with freshman quarterback Brevet Killett (263 yards passing), with junior John Forgione out for the season with a shoulder injury. The Sharks have become a more ground-and-pound attack oriented team and look. ... Spring Hill Springstead hopes to cap off one of the team's most disappointing seasons in recent years, with possibly a quality win over Anclote. The Eagles have faced injury problems and consistency on both sides of the ball all year. Some players of note, though, to watch out for are Eagles quarterback Tyler Mahla, who has thrown for nearly 800 yards and rushed for over 400 on the ground, and running back Kevin Bedford, who has 688 yards rushing and five touchdowns.
FIVAY (7-2) AT INVERNESS CITRUS (4-5)
WHEN/WHERE: 7:30 p.m./Citrus High, 600 W. Highland Blvd, Inverness,
COACHES: Chris Taylor (Fivay), Rayburn Green (Citrus)
LAST WEEK: Fivay 48, Ridgewood 8; Ocala Vanguard 35, Citrus 7
LAST MEETING: First meeting
NEED TO KNOW: Fivay can breathe a little following the Falcons win against Ridgewood that vaulted them into the Class 5A-Region 2 playoffs. First-year quarterback Eric Degen has developed into a fine signal caller, completing 98 of 154 passes for 1,153 and 16 touchdowns. RB Kyrie Rodriguez needs four yards to reach the 1,000-yard mark. … Citrus lost to Sunlake's first-round opponent Vanguard last week and will be fighting for the win that will move the Hurricanes to .500. Citrus keeps the ball on the ground and spreads the touches among four or five backs.
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