FOOTBALL: Z-Hills blanks Tarpon Springs

Zephyrhills rolled to a 42-0 victory Monday night at Tarpon Springs.

BULLDOGS 42 SPONGERS 0

TARPON SPRINGS It’s pretty rare seeing a Monday night football game on the high school circuit.

In this instance, however, it was because of COVID-19. The pandemic has forced teams throughout the state to scramble and reschedule, hence Zephyrhills traveling over an hour Monday to take on Tarpon Springs.

The Bulldogs will play again later this week and brought a stiff defense that  and led a 42-0 victory.

Zephyrhills improves to 2-2 on the season, while Tarpon Springs falls to 0-4. The Bulldogs will play host to Anclote later this week and the Spongers will take on Gulf, who are also winless on the season. The matchup did seem like it could develop into a defensive one early on, as the Bulldogs only led 7-0 after the first quarter. 

It was the second quarter that ended up doing the Spongers in, as starting quarterback Birk Wegehaupt threw three interceptions in the period. That included a pick-6 to Bulldogs’ cornerback Tre Gallimore. The turnovers fueled Zephyrhills’ 21-point explosion in the second quarter. By halftime, the Bulldogs were cruising 28-0.

A lot of damage on the offensive end was done in the run game, which included Gallimore (86 total yards) and Jaylin Thomas. Thomas (72 yards rushing) carried the load for the most part, as the tailback by intermission had three touchdown runs. For Tarpon Springs, finding running room was scarce against the stuff Bulldogs’ defense. Spongers by halftime had eight plays that went for negative yardage.

It didn’t get any easier after halftime for the Spongers, with the Bulldogs (2-2) taking advantage of a 48-yard punt return by Gallimore, who on the very next play scored from a yard out. Pushing the score to 35-0, it was tough sledding from there for Tarpon Springs (0-4) and a running clock would come into effect in the final quarter. The Bulldogs added one more touchdown just before the third quarter came to a conclusion.

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