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Williamson's return memorable for Bucs

The Gulf senior receiver scores three touchdowns in a 53-43 victory over Mitchell.

By ERIC MUSKATEVC
Published September 23, 2006


NEW PORT RICHEY - By the time Shawn Williamson got a chance to take his gloves off in the locker room Friday night, his hands were pale, pruned and wrinkled. Gulf's senior receiver bathed in the Buccaneers 53-43 win over Mitchell, catching five passes for 182 yards and three touchdowns.

"I thought I'd get shutdown, actually," said Williamson, who also contributed 20 yards on the ground. "I figured they knew I'd be back and looking at me."

After only playing 15 snaps last week, Williamson broke open several times for Gulf quarterback Alton Voss. They put pressure on the Mustangs early with a 35-yard connection that gave the Bucs (3-1) an 18-0 lead in the first quarter.

Gulf coach Jay Fulmer played separate offensive and defensive squads. It worked the first half, holding Mitchell (1-4) to negative yardage on its first three possessions and recording a safety after an errant Mustang snap.

Just before the half, Mitchell quarterback Tate Humphrey and tailback E.J. Booze (10 carries, 135 yards) both scored on runs to put Mitchell on the board 14-39.

Humphrey opened the second half with another rushing score and a 60-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Garton, closing the deficit to 10. The teams traded touchdowns before time ran out on the Mustangs.