Pasco County football programs have reached the midway point of their seasons and not everything has gone as planned — or expected.
Perennial power Pasco High, always a threat to post a perfect 10-0 season, finds itself under .500 at 2-3. More importantly — or concerning, depending on the viewpoint — is that the Pirates are 0-2 in Class 5A District 6 play.
In stark contrast to Pasco’s plight, recent doormat Hudson is suddenly back on track.
The Cobras stood at 4-1 heading into Friday night’s non-district road test at Land O’ Lakes.
Two more wins would secure Hudson’s first winning regular season since 2007.
As of right now, District 5A-7’s pair of playoff berths appear to be Hudson and Anclote’s to lose. Doing so would represent a remarkable turnaround for the Cobras and coach Mark Kantor.
Speaking of Anclote, the Sharks are in the midst of a midseason U-turn of their own for the second consecutive year.
Anclote opened the 2012 campaign at 0-4 before righting the ship with six-straight wins and the program’s first playoff appearance.
Matt Wicks’ Sharks are using that same formula in 2013.
Anclote, filled with expectations, got off to an 0-3 start this season but have rattled off three convincing wins in a row since.
Top West Pasco Performers:
RB – Noah Siegrist, Sr., Hudson: Leads the rejuvenated Cobras by powering the team’s offense with 680 yards and five TDs.
RB – Christian Trinidad, Sr., Mitchell: Leads the .500 Mustangs with 440 rushing yards and seven TDs.
DB – Zach Russell, Sr., Hudson: Has a team-high three of the Cobras’ eight interceptions, plus five rushing TDs on offense.
LB – Larry Couch, Jr. Mitchell: County-high 83 tackles and two fumble recoveries
RB – Glass Wilson, So., Ridgewood: The Rams are averaging 220 rushing yards per game. Most of those yards are going to one of the best running backs no one has heard of, but whose name won’t be forgotten. Wilson has been the bulk of the 1-5 Rams’ offense, carrying 127 times for 652 yards and four TDs.
RB – Trent Crawford, Sr., Anclote: Despite sharing carries with Willie Barrett, leads the team with 571 rushing yards and five TDs.
Tribune correspondents Andy Villamarzo and Mike Camunas contributed to this article.