Virus ends season for pair of Pasco teams

Fivay High School junior Nick Monfre is shown during a victory over Wesley Chapel earlier this season. The Falcons’ season has been cut short because of coronavirus concerns.

The prep football playoffs were supposed to start for two Pasco County schools, as Fivay and Wiregrass Ranch were gearing up for first-round matchups. They, unfortunately, won’t get an opportunity to play in those respective games, as both teams are facing COVID-19 issues and had to forfeit their playoff games.

Fivay (5-2) was supposed to take on Hollins (1-7) in a play-in playoff game, but that will not take place. The Falcons were having a solid season under the watch of head coach Matt Durchik. His team was coming off a 28-3 victory over Land O’ Lakes and was winners of its last four games.

Amongst other bright spots for the Falcons were some of the individual good seasons going on. Running back De’sean Maytum has rushed for 536 yards and six touchdowns, and linebackers Melvin Rivera and Austin Blandford led the team in tackles with 68 and 62, respectively.

On the other side of the county, the season has ended prematurely for Wiregrass Ranch, which has been one of the top three teams all season. The Bulls were slated to play East River in the opening round of the playoffs but will now have to sit back and watch the FHSAA playoffs unfold amidst dealing with a COVID-19 issue.

The Bulls (4-4) were set to face Largo in their final regular season game before facing East River in the first round. Wiregrass Ranch was getting some good individual seasons from several players, including quarterback Rocco Becht (1,550 yards, 18 touchdowns), running back Kenny Walker (527 yards) and wide receiver Bryson Rodgers (710 yards).

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