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Pirates roll over unbeaten South Sumter

Troy Hambrick's three touchdowns lead Pasco to another easy victory.

By JAMAL THALJI, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 4, 2002

OCTOBER 9, 1992 -- Remember this: Troy Hambrick is just 15.

Yet the Pasco sophomore has been nothing short of excellent. The future Dallas Cowboy rushed for 126 yards and three touchdowns in a 44-19 rout of previously unbeaten South Sumter.

A week after he turned 15, Hambrick ran in a 1-yard touchdown, caught an 18-yard scoring pass from Issac Johnson and returned a fumble 33 yards for another touchdown.

Now ranked No. 2 in 3A, one spot up from the week before, Pasco (4-0) scored in every which way: Johnson's 13-yard touchdown pass to Tim Jones, a blocked punt returned 40 yards for a score by Page Sessoms, Chris Roberts' 56-yard scoring scramble, and Brent Lockliear's 31-yard field goal and five extra points.

The Pirates held leads of 21-0, 28-6 and 41-12. The defense held the Raiders' Kelly Hart to just 14 carries for 41 yards after he entered averaging 123 a game.

Several Pirates starters begged coach Perry Brown to no avail to get back into the rout to pad their statistics. But this would not be the last Pasco would see of South Sumter. A re-match looms in the Class 3A, Section III playoffs between the Pirates and their Bushnell rivals, the Raiders.

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