NEW PORT RICHEY — Things have gone from bad to worse for Gulf High School’s football program, as athletic director Bruno Buonsanto announced in a tweet on Twitter Monday afternoon.
Gulf will finish the season at 0-10 after forfeiting its final three games left, against Wesley Chapel, Zephryhills and Cypress Creek, Buonsanto announced via the social media posting.
The Buccaneers final game of this 2019 season on the field was its homecoming contest against Tarpon Springs, which Gulf lost 20-0.
“Gulf High is canceling the remainder of our football season due to injuries the past few weeks,” Buonsanto said in the tweet. “Our roster numbers are not sufficient enough to safely field a team. This was a hard decision but the safety of our kids always comes first.”
Buonsanto’s canceling of the remainder of the Gulf football season comes on the heels of last week’s closing of the home-side grandstand at Des Little Stadium by the Pasco County school District. The grandstand had failed a structural inspection by an engineering firm hired by the district.
In terms of record, the Buccaneers are in the midst of one of the worst stretches in the school’s long history fielding a football program. Gulf hired former Pasco offensive coordinator Daniel McLeod during the off-season, replacing Jason Grain, who resigned as the head coach this past summer. Grain is now an assistant at Pasco High School.
It has already been a tough season for the Buccaneers so far on the football field, as Gulf started the season at 0-7 and were coming off a 62-0 loss to neighboring River Ridge before taking on the Spongers. The win over Gulf is Tarpon Springs’ lone victory of the season so far.
In addition to the injury to players, McLeod had suffered a health issue, which he had since returned to the team’s practices.
The list of Gulf coaches since 2010 is McLeod, Grain, Buonsanto, Tom Carter, Ken Hollar, Jason Messamore and Matt Kitchel. When Grain resigned over the summer, the program was left in search of their eighth head coach in the last 10 years.