NEW PORT RICHEY — The River Ridge football team dominated on both sides of the ball Friday and beat Fivay 43-0.
Royal Knights quarterback Pat Mathieson was perfect, hitting all seven passes for 216 yards. Four of the completions were for touchdowns.
Chris Schwartz led the ground game with 112 yards on 13 carries. He had two rushing touchdowns and caught a 75-yard TD pass.
Dylan O’Toole brought the home crowd to its feet with a spectacular 38-yard TD run to start the second quarter.
The Falcons started Cyler Doran at QB and the freshman received a rough welcome to high school football, getting sacked four times and picked off on three occasions. The Knights defensive line and the linebacking duo of Schwartz and O’Toole kept the Falcons’ running game in check.
“Tonight’s game showed us that some positions are set,” Knights coach Ryan Benjamin said. “Our running and passing games looked good. Both sides of our line had a strong night. We’re ready to make a run to improve on last year’s 3-7 record. ... I think a year’s experience will keep us from faltering in the fourth quarter like we did last year.”
TAMPA — As Cambridge Christian defensive coordinator Steve Ater approached his team at the end of Friday’s spring jamboree, he had one request.
“Look at all those zeroes on the scoreboard,’’ he shouted.
The Lancers romped past the Community School at Naples, 26-0, which was more impressive because CSN scored 505 points last season. Grant Muenter led a Cambridge Christian defense that dominated all night and never allowed Naples within the 20.
“We gave up some points last year,’’ Ater said. “But we got bigger and stronger and we’re ready to go.’’
Lancers quarterback Garrett Young, who is being courted by several Division I schools, tossed two touchdown passes to Nick Stein, another to Tristen Wood, and scored a fourth on a short run by himself.
Lancers coach Bob Dare said that he felt his team was ready to come around on defense.
“It doesn’t matter how big the guys are, they are ready to play this year,’’ Dare said. “We’re playing together.”
Baseball: Berkeley coach steps down
TAMPA — Berkeley Prep’s Justin Houston said Friday he has stepped down as the head baseball coach after eight seasons. Houston will be taking an administrative role in Berkeley Prep’s guidance office next year.
Berkeley Prep went 17-13 this past season and advanced to the Class 4A region finals.