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Pasco Middle remains unbeaten

By STEVE LEE
Published September 24, 2006


DADE CITY - The east side featured two middle school battles on opposite ends of the spectrum last week. Pasco and Weightman were unbeaten, while Centennial and Stewart were winless.

Pasco 3-0 remained unbeaten after a 14-0 win over Weightman (2-1). Centennial (1-2) got in the win column, 42-22 over Stewart.

Pasco is not just winning, it is dominating. The Pirates have three shutouts and a 108-8 scoring advantage over its foes.

"They take pride in shutting out teams," Pasco coach Danny Wade said. "They're an aggressive bunch."

Willie Jackson ran for a touchdown, and Pasco scored another when Hakeeme Ishmar recovered a Weightman botched punt in the end zone. Gus McLaughlin added two fumble recoveries, and the Pirares got stalwart efforts from defenders Jamie Byrd, Reggie Adams and Roberto Guerra.

Hector Rosado scored three touchdowns for Centennial, two on punt returns and one rushing. He also threw a scoring pass to Cole Stancil and had a pair of two-point conversion catches. The Cyclones also got touchdowns from Jacob Guy and Shaine Mathis, and a conversion run from Aryn Strickland.

On the west side of the county, Seven Springs improved to 3-0 with a 22-6 defeat of Hudson in a game shortened to less than a half due to lightning.

Seven Springs scored on three of its first four offensive plays. Ricky Trinidad ran for 130 yards and two touchdowns, and Dennis Riccelli had a scoring run.

"We have speed, depth and ability," Seven Springs coach Tim Boggess said.

Bayonet Point, paced by Austin Jackson's three touchdowns, beat River Ridge 38-6. Hunter Quinnell added two scoring runs for the Patriots, and quarterback Mike Wood snuck in on a goal-line play.

NEW DIRECTION: Following three straight losses, Ridgewood's junior varsity team won its second straight, 20-0 over Mitchell for its first shutout.

The Rams first scored when Jimmy Mattos and Davey Roles hooked up for a 65-yard touchdown pass. A halfback pass from Mike Defreese to Adam Mendes and Defreese's 6-yard run after John Nucci recovered a fumble accounted for the Rams' other scores.

Zephyrhills handily dispatched Gulf 42-6 behind D.J. Clower's three touchdown passes to Jeff Laughlin, Chaise Dunn and Alex Paniagua, respectively. The Bulldogs also got scoring runs from Michael Peterman, Lance Hayes and Algernon Sampson.

Defensive standouts for Zephyrhills were Anthony Viernes, Kylend Poston and Anthony Pritchard.

Contact Steve Lee at lee@sptimes.com.