1. Land O’ Lakes
64 points (5 first-place votes)
Last week: 31-20 win at Gulf: It was a long climb to the top, but the Gators have finally been crowned Pasco County’s top team. Land O’ Lakes is undefeated and is outscoring opponents 165-54. Junior southpaw QB James Pensyl (1,277 passing yards, 10 TDs) has been a key on offense, while the defense has 25 sacks and six interceptions.
60 points (2 first-place votes)
Last week: 22-0 win at Ridgewood: The funny thing about the Seahawks despite a 4-1 record: the offense has only scored 92 points. The impressive thing: its defense has allowed 20 points (14 to 6A-6 foe Springstead). The bottom line: the Seahawks will be very tough to beat as they eye their first district title and a return to region for the second time. Moving forward, junior RB Nathan Johnson will have to continue his successful season (643 yards, 6 TDs).
Last week: 42-7 vs. Weeki Wachee: The Bulldogs bounced back from a loss to South Sumter in a big way: dominating the Hornets in a rout. Zephyrhills proved it’s still a contender in 5A-6, which could be a wide-open race down the stretch. athletes Ty Tanner, Jaylen Pickett and Tyler Kirby are leading the offense of a team outscoring opponents 151-80. The Bulldogs are seeking their first playoff berth since 2006 and under alum coach Reggie Roberts.
Last week: 29-28 loss vs. Brooksville Nature Coast: There was another stumble for the Pirates, who, for the first time since coach Tom McHugh’s first season in 2007, look mortal. Five turnovers doomed Pasco against the Sharks, even if the team can score with weapons such as Nate Craig and Malik Johns. Pasco’s defense can still make plays, so while the Pirates may seem pedestrian compared to the past five years, they’re still a good team that can play their way into the postseason.
Last week: 15-6 win at Wesley Chapel: The Cobras are having their best season in a long time. While much credit goes to a running game by Noah Siegrist and an effectively-run offense by QB Joey Caruso, coach Mark Kantor has plugged away week by week to transform Hudson. Of course, that completion will come once the team makes the playoffs for the first time 2009. To get there, the Cobras will compete with Anclote and need to score more points (only 89 this season).
The Pasco County prep football Top 5 is voted on by correspondents Steve Campbell, Mike Camunas, Chris Errington, Kyle LoJocano, Bart O’Connell, Kenny Sanders and Andy Villamarzo.