Zephyrhills Christian 35, Boca Ciega 26
Spring game-breakers: Zephryhills Christian scored 28 unanswered points to pull off the spring upset at Boca Ciega. The Warriors used a power running attack to wear down the Pirates and rally from a 20-7 halftime deficit. Alonzo Sampson scored two touchdowns and the Warriors took a 21-20 lead on a 36-yard touchdown pass from Calvin Samuel to Evan Miller midway through the third quarter. The Warriors, who rushed for nearly 200 yards in the second half alone behind Samuel, Sampson and Dwight Thomas, tacked on another score in the fourth quarter to take a 28-20 lead. ... The Pirates came back with a 51-yard run by Dsoni Ross to set up a 10-yard touchdown from Osby Green to Kyren Taylor to make the score 28-26 with two minutes remaining, but the Warriors defense stuffed Ross on the two-point conversion. ... With the Warriors needing first downs to kill the clock, Samuel did one better by scoring on a 29-yard run to put the game out of reach. ... Ross and Green had first-half touchdowns for Boca Ciega while Eugene Davis had two interceptions for the Warriors.
Did you know? Boca Ciega had a shot to get the ball back trailing by two, but was called for jumping offsides on a thrid and 5 that gave Zephryhills Christian a first down and left the Pirates with just one timeout and less than two minutes on the clock.
Audible: "We played sloppy at times but the players continued to fight and compete and they closed the game strong. That was our goal -- to compete and close the game strong. Beating a Class 6A team is the type of win that will get our program on the map and get us a little more attention. I think we have as many good athletes in this program as any school in the area. We might not be as deep but our athletes are just as good and it's about time some college programs started to take a good look at our kids." Warriors coach Mike Smith