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Pirates teams to compete in Super Bowls

By STEVE LEE

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 8, 2000


NEW PORT RICHEY -- Dade City doubled its chances of winning a Pasco Police Athletic League Super Bowl with two divisional playoff wins Saturday.

The Dade City flyweights cruised to a 22-0 win over Hudson, but the Pirates needed overtime to defeat the Hudson mighty mites 13-6.

Dade City nearly sent three teams to PPAL Super Bowls, set for Nov. 18 at Springstead High, but the junior varsity Pirates lost the North Conference final, 30-6 to New Port Richey.

In that game, New Port Richey scored 22 unanswered points in the second half to expand an 8-6 lead.

"We woke up and we put it on them then," Bucs coach Larry Strickland said.

Robby Robinson threw touchdown passes to Shawn Williamson and Chris Baird, and ran for another to lead New Port Richey. Joe Brandau added a scoring run for the Bucs.

After Robinson's touchdown to Williamson lifted New Port Richey to a 16-6 lead, John Frank recovered an onside kick to set up Robinson's 19-yard sweep.

In the mighty mites game, Marquis Burns' 10-yard sweep around left end in overtime, plus a conversion run by Kenny Steele, led to the Pirates' win.

Blair Sanderson's 40-yard touchdown run on Dade City's second possession set the tone for the flyweights' win.

Josh Johnson rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns and the defense limited Hudson to two first downs, thanks in part to Tyler Guy's fumble recovery and Johnson's interception.

The Zephyrhills flyweights, who beat Tarpon Springs 20-6, are the only Pasco County representative from the South Conference.

D.J. Clower and Corey Lindsey had scoring runs for Zephyrhills, and Josh Kelly returned an interception for a touchdown. Kelly and Dunn added extra-point scores (in PPAL, one point is awarded for a run or pass after a touchdown, two points for a kick).

The Zephyrhills mighty mites also made it to the South Conference final, but lost 14-12 to Lutz.

Zephyrhills quarterback Michael Floyd threw a touchdown pass to Chris Henry and ran for another score.

Jordan Kimbell, Phillip Robichaud and Josh Jones helped the Zephyrhills defense hold Lutz scoreless in the second half.

Playoffs results

North Conference

Varsity

Hudson 16, New Port Richey 11

Junior Varsity

New Port Richey 30, Dade City 6

Mighty Mites

Dade City 13, Hudson 6

Flyweights

Dade City 22, Hudson 0

South Conference

Varsity

Lutz 26, East Lake 8

Junior Varsity

East Lake 22, Lutz 16

Mighty Mites

Lutz 14, Zephyrhills 12

Flyweights

Zephyrhills 20, Tarpon Springs 6

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