Solo win makes Eagles' season
By STEVE LEE
Published October 8, 2006
HOLIDAY - In its fifth game of a six-game season, Paul R. Smith Middle's first-year team finally got a win, 14-8 over River Ridge on Tuesday.
The closest the Eagles came before last week was a one-point loss to Gulf.
"That one win gives you something to build on for the future," said coach Greg Dew, a former Land O'Lakes assistant. "I was so happy for the kids. They've been working and trying hard. They haven't given up all year."
The Eagles took an 8-0 halftime lead on James Cradle's touchdown run and a two-point conversion run by 6-foot, 285-pound defensive tackle Robert York.
"He's our Refrigerator William Perry," Dew said, alluding to the former Chicago Bears defensive behemoth who occasionally lined up in the backfield for the 1986 Super Bowl champions.
"The kids say when they play in the neighborhood they put him in at running back and nobody can tackle him. So one day we put him there at practice and it worked."
Marcus Hicks returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown to account for the final margin.
Keying Paul R. Smith's first shutout was a ball-hawking defense. Joel Strahan had two interceptions and Jason Janus one.
Pasco (6-0) won the east side title with a 55-18 win over Centennial, which as the only team to score against the Pirates this season had 26 points in two losses.
Quarterback Gus McLaughlin ran for a touchdown and tossed two scoring passes to Hakeeme Ishmar, who also returned an interception for a touchdown.
Willie Jackson ran for two scores with Jamie Byrd and De'Tavious Harrison each running for touchdowns.
In Bayonet Point's 28-8 defeat of Gulf, Austin Jackson and Hunter Quinnell combined for four scoring runs.
In other games, Pine View held Stewart scoreless 26-0; Dr. John Long defeated Weightman 18-0; and Chasco won 32-8 against Hudson.
Junior varsity: River Ridge's defense stymied a Ridgewood conversion attempt that could have tied it in a 25-23 win.
Defensive end Tommy Rutledge led a group of Royal Knights who stuffed Rams quarterback Jimmy Mattos on a bootleg for the difference.
River Ridge's Starbos Arianas ran for a 97-yard touchdown, Kenny Toce threw scoring passes to Scott Taylor and Chris Boorman, and Jack Paris kicked two field goals.
Zephyrhills relied on a solid running attack in a 27-0 shutout win over Hudson.
Michael Peterman, who gained 125 yards, had two of the Bulldogs' four rushing touchdowns. He scored on runs of 89 and 12 yards. Alix Paniagua had a 6-yard scoring run and Lance Hayes ran the ball in for a 35-yard touchdown.Contact Steve Lee at