TAMPA -- The Patriots showcased an explosive passing game, forced six turnovers and manhandled the Bulldogs' young offensive line for four sacks in the 37-0 rout.
Sophomore quarterback Josh Grady threw for 193 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Junior wideout Jacari Campbell was the beneficiary of blown coverages by Zephyrhills, getting behind the defense for touchdown receptions of 58 and 65 yards. And Sherrod Cunningham and Michael Scaglione scored on interception returns of 79 and 12 yards, respectively.
"We came out and played together as a team, and we had some juice behind us," said Freedom coach Marquel Blackwell. "Last year we played a lot of young guys and they got a lot of reps. They're starting to understand what we're trying to do."
Cunningham also scored on a 1-yard run late in the first half. Senior receiver Mark Cionci added 24 yards and a touchdown.
Zephyrhills quarterback Tyler Guy, under heavy pressure each time he dropped to throw, still managed 113 yards passing, and Alex Sampson had five catches for 81 yards. Both interceptions were the result of tipped passes, and all four of the lost fumbles were on snaps under center, including one miscue 3 yards from the Patriots' end zone in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs struggled to run the ball, managing just 34 yards on 34 carries. Most of that was attributed to a sophomore-laden offensive line, which had little or no varsity experience entering the game.