NEW PORT RICHEY — It’s been a tough season for a pair of West Pasco first-year head football coaches, Jason Messamore of Anclote and Gulf’s Daniel McLeod.

In the first six games of the season, Messamore guided the Sharks to a record of 2-4, but expectations started to trend downward after the team has lost players due to a slew of injuries. With Anclote being derailed with injuries, Messamore is falling to one of his own.

The first-year Anclote coach is suffering from a back injury that has kept him out of practice for over a week and wasn’t able to coach in the Sharks’ district contest against Wesley Chapel. How long will Messamore be out? Great question, as Messamore did have to step away from Gulf’s lead position due to health reasons.

If Messamore can’t finish the season, it would become the second time the former Buccaneers’ lead man had to step down due to health concerns. Hope is the Anclote head coach will be back on the field sooner rather than later.

Over at Gulf, McLeod’s team had a tough go of it through the first six games, with the Buccaneers being out-scored by a grand total 277-14. The Gulf team and coaches, though, remains optimistic that they can finish things out on a positive note.

McLeod is suffering from health issues after the Buccaneers’ game versus River Ridge, according to Gulf assistant principal Rob Strasser. There are no immediate concerns, however, about McLeod having to missing any games.