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Pasco rewind

By Times staff writers
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 20, 2002


"I will refer all questions to my defensive coordinator." -- TROY CORNWELL, Ridgewood coach making a deft handoff to Chris Taylor after the Rams gave up 30 points and 434 yards to River Ridge in Thursday's 40-30 victory


Sophomore Anthony Rawson probably will make his first start at quarterback for Wesley Chapel in a key district game at Pasco on Friday after filling capably in relief of Cory Filley in a 28-8 victory against Hernando.

Filley, who had passed for 313 yards and three touchdowns in five games entering Thursday, went 1-for-2 for 11 yards in the first half but spent most of the second half literally on the bench.

Coach John Castelamare said Filley's removal had more to do with a hit to the back he took, but Rawson showed enough in leading the Wildcats to earn another chance.

The Wildcats went nearly three quarters without scoring after scoring 21 in the first quarter. Rawson, who had a 37-yard run in the fourth one week earlier, got the offense going again in the fourth with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Cushman.

That was set up by a 13-yard run on a botched punt by Chase Polston, who battled Rawson and Filley for the starting quarterback job during preseason.


Week 7 seems a good enough time to switch quarterbacks as any. With Mitchell about to enter its toughest stretch in 4A-7, coach Scott Schmitz decided to make a change. Wingback Spencer Brown replaced first-year starter Donnie Josephik, who completed 19 of 54 passes for 253 yards, 2 touchdowns and 5 interceptions in the first six games. Brown completed 7 of 9 passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 17 yards in the Mustangs' 27-21 double overtime victory over Springstead on Friday.

But he was fortunate that two tipped passes were not intercepted, instead going for big gains, that the Eagles did not intercept an overthrown ball near the goal line, and that his fumble was recovered for a 3-yard gain.

"We wanted to make some plays," Schmitz said. "We hadn't made as many plays as I would have liked. Spencer gives us a lot of mobility. He's a threat to run. It's Spencer's job."

Another new addition to the Wing-T is junior varsity tailback D.J. Crosby, who gave the running game a spark with 84 yards on 13 carries.

"The coaches have been begging me to bring him up," Schmitz said. "I wanted him to get some more seasoning first."


Two-way lineman Walter Truzack was credited by coach Terry Voyles as the motivator for Hudson's turnaround in the second half of Thursday's 30-14 loss to Pasco. Truzack played strong as a pulling guard in Voyles Wing-T and stuffed the Pirates' running game.

"He is, by far, the best lineman I have," Voyles said. "Walter fired them up in the second half. The kids respect him for what he does on the field, and they respond."


There will be no changes under center any time soon at River Ridge, where junior Ryan Mistal has established himself as a future star after Thursday's record-setting performance, completing 13 of 23 passes for 270 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception.

Mistal also scrambled for 20 yards, and the Royal Knights' running game finally got on track with 167 yards. Too bad Ridgewood's Adamm Oliver and Sean Jester ran wild.

"The offensive line had probably the best game they've had all year," coach Mike DeGennaro said. "Mistal had a good game. The receivers all had good games. But defensively, we couldn't stop Oliver and Jester. That's the bottom line."

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