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Ridgewood couldn't stop Pirates offense in 57-6 rout

Pasco scored at will, jumping out to a 28-6 halftime lead en route to another easy victory.

By JAMAL THALJI, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 3, 2002


NOVEMBER 6, 1992 -- Ridgewood got clobbered.

There's no other way to describe Pasco's 57-6 victory at W.F. Edwards Stadium.

Pirates quarterback Issac Johnson completed seven of 10 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns en route to a 28-6 halftime lead and scored the game's first touchdown on a 7-yard run.

Darren Hambrick caught two touchdown passes, the second thrown by backup Charles Harrison, and rushed for 85 yards on five carries. Chris Jones caught five passes for 74 yards and a score.

Page Sessoms ran three times for 72 yards and scored on a 40-yard touchdown run. Bud Craig also scored a touchdown and caught two Chris Roberts passes for two-point conversions.

Pasco maintained its grip on the No. 1 ranking in Class 3A and improved to 8-0 thanks to 493 yards of offense and 21 first downs. The Pirates also extended their regular-season winning streak to 19 consecutive victories.

"I was pleased," Pasco coach Perry Brown said. "Basically, everything we executed went well, and we executed on both sides of the ball."

Ridgewood had its moments.

The Rams' Chris Carson ran for 51 yards on the first play of the game, but the drive stalled when quarterback Ray Pepito was stopped short on fourth-and-inches.

Ridgewood's only score was set up by Tim Shepherd's one-handed snag of a Pepito pass. The throw was behind Shepherd, but he reached back and grabbed it with one hand, then broke off a 51-yard gain. On the next play, Pepito threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Gambill.

"They're a great football team," Ridgewood coach John Castelamare said.

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