Football: Pasco County Buzz — Oct. 21, 2023

Recaps. Scores. Schedules. It’s all here in the Pasco County football buzz. 

Games of the night

Wiregrass Ranch 30, Sarasota Booker 21

The Bulls had won five straight games entering Friday, including four by 20 or more points.

To keep its streak intact, Wiregrass Ranch got something it craved: a test.

After all, the Tornadoes had momentum, too, with three straight victories — the last two coming by a combined score of 90-6.

Relying on its quick-strike offense, Wiregrass Ranch jumped out to a 14-0 lead on Luke Knight’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Bryce Randolph and a short run for a score by Jeremiah Julmiste.

Booker answered with two touchdowns to tie it in the third quarter. Late in the third quarter, the Bulls went ahead when Davon Stokes tackled a runner in the end zone for a safety.

The lead stood thanks to Knight’s 7-yard touchdown run and 8-yard scoring pass to Julmiste.

Cypress Creek 41, Parrish Community 34

The Coyotes’ perfect start to the season was in danger of ending.

Late in the third quarter, Cypress Creek trailed 34-14.

But there was no panic.

Relying on the arm of Jack Niemann, the legs of Malachi Askin and the playmaking abilities on both sides of the ball of Milton Gracia, the Coyotes kept chipping away at the deficit.

In the second half, Niemann threw touchdown passes to Shaan Patel and Milton Gracia to get within striking range at 34-27.

Askin took care of the rest with a pair of touchdowns, the last coming with 3:06 remaining to put Cypress Creek ahead for good.

Gracia ended up with two touchdown receptions on offense and an interception on defense.

The Coyotes, now 8-0 for the first time, face Zephyrhills this week for the Class 3S, District 7 title.

Springstead 37, Mitchell 34

The Mustangs, led by quarterback Cayden Thomas and running back Corey Simms, nearly pulled off the win in a game with wild momentum swings.

Down 30-21in the fourth quarter, Mitchell scored twice to go ahead 34-30 with about a minute remaining.

But the Mustangs could not hold on to the lead.

Connor Mccazzio scored on a short run to put the Eagles ahead and Iree Burgos picked off a pass to seal the victory.

Gulf 54, Fivay 14

After enduring a tough 1-3 stretch with a depleted lineup, the Buccaneers have bounced back with their second straight win to climb above .500.

More importantly, they remained in playoff contention.

Entering Friday, Gulf owned the eighth and final playoff spot according to the Florida High School Athletic Association’s power rankings. The Buccaneers likely will remain there, or even move up, after their most complete performance of the season.

Land O’ Lakes 20, Sunlake 6

The Gators snapped a five-game losing streak by winning the Butter Bowl for the second straight season.

Donny Faria returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and Cody Gwinn and Mason Clarke each scored on runs in the second half.

Pasco 17, Crystal River 7

The Pirates, under first-year coach Fred Hicks, won for the first time this season.

Friday night scoreboard

St. Petersburg Catholic 32, Bishop McLaughlin 0

Pasco 17, Crystal River 7

River Ridge 28, Citrus 6

Weeki Wachee 20, Anclote 8

Springstead 37, Mitchell 34

Wiregrass Ranch 30, Sarasota Booker 21

Gulf 54, Fivay 14

Land O’ Lakes 20, Sunlake 6

Cypress Creek 41, Parrish Community 34

Williston 49, Hudson 18

This week’s schedule


Tallahassee Maclay at Zephyrhills Christian, 10:30 a.m.

Friday, Oct. 27

Branford at Bishop McLaughlin, 7

Northside Christian at Zephyrhills Christian, 7

Zephyrhills at Cypress Creek, 7:30

Anclote at Hudson, 7:30

Sunlake at Mitchell, 7:30

Wiregrass Ranch at Land O’ Lakes, 7:30

Wesley Chapel at Pasco, 7:30

Fivay at River Ridge, 7:30