The running back finishes with more than 200 yards in total offense.
By STEVE WATERS
Published October 2, 2004
NEW PORT RICHEY - It looks like Buccaneers everywhere are struggling to win.
Zephyrhills running back Bryan Thomas opened the game with 75-yard touchdown run. After that, Gulf High just couldn't keep up, losing to the Bulldogs 28-9.
Thomas excelled at running and receiving, gaining 105 yards rushing and 120 yards receiving. Sophomore quarterback Sederrik Cunningham, making his second start for Zephyrhills (2-2), had another consistent outing, going 4-of-7 for 131 yards while running for 14.
"He's getting more confident," said Zephyrhills coach Tom Fisher. "He's a competitor, he's an athlete. When you get those two things put together, you get somebody who's going to work hard and make things happen."
Zephyrhills got things going early, scoring 19 points in the first quarter on consecutive possessions. After the 75-yard score, Cunningham threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Thomas.
Zephyrhills then recovered a fumble, returning the ball 33 yards for another touchdown.
Gulf (0-4) just couldn't keep up for the first half, scoring only a field goal with no time left in the second quarter.
Gulf's only touchdown came early in the fourth, a 6-yard run up the middle by Robert Robinson.
"We didn't wake up until about the middle of the second quarter," said Gulf coach Keith Newton. "It's hard to beat people when you have an 18-point deficit."