Bulldogs remain unbeaten
Standing as the lone undefeated in Pasco County, Zephyrhills can now turn its focus toward its toughest test after a 36-16 win against Naples Lely.
By IZZY GOULD
Published September 23, 2006
ZEPHYRHILLS - Standing as the lone undefeated in Pasco County, Zephyrhills can now turn its focus toward its toughest test after a 36-16 win against Naples Lely.
The Bulldogs (5-0) head to Gulf next week for the first of three district games. Zephyrhills looked every bit a polished, experienced team Friday as it rolled over the Trojans, scoring on its first three possessions.
The Bulldogs were in search of a running game, and coach Tom Fisher left Bulldog Stadium more confident his running backs responded to his challenge to run hard last week. Senior Philip Robichaud led all back with 115 yards and two touchdowns including a 1-yard run to give Zephyrhills a 6-0 lead.
"He ran the ball real hard," Fisher said. "He's always capable of doing it, it's just we were successful with the pass early in the season now we have to establish a running game, hopefully we did."
Cannellios Ansley gave Zephyrhills the 1-2 punch in the backfield with 78 yards and a 21-yard run for a 14-0 lead with seven minutes, 40 seconds left in the first quarter. Robichaud made it 22-0 on a 4-yard run on the next possession.
"Their offensive line is outstanding," Trojans coach Chris Metzger said. "They had a great gameplan. We definitely are not a big team. People have spread us out and they decided to run at us. It worked really well."
Trailing 30-8 at halftime, Lely switched quarterbacks, going from Mike O'Regan to Ereck Plancher. The switch caught Zephyrhills off guard as Plancher cut the deficit to 30-16 after a 48-yard run for a score.
"We were trying to give our team a spark," Plancher said. "Ereck did a great job and then he took a shot to the (quad muscles). He did some good things. The line managed to open a few holes."
O'Regan struggled thanks to a constant pass rush and a hungry secondary, which included two interceptions by Zephyrhills linebacker Beau Barnes. O'Regan finished eight of 26 passing for 85 yards one touchdown and four interceptions.
Bulldogs quarterback Sedderik Cunningham iced the game with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Chris Henry for a 36-16 lead. He also converted 3-of-5 two-point conversion passes.