HOLIDAY — Anclote is at it again. And just like during last season’s late playoff run, it’s a bruising rushing attack and stifling defense that are leading the way.
Trent Crawford and Willie Barrett paced a ground game that gained 164 yards and the Sharks came up with two critical defensive stops to earn a victory against River Ridge.
“We knew we had to stop (Pasco County rushing leader Ben Perdomo) and we did,” Anclote coach Matt Wicks said. “The past few weeks, our kids have lit up on game day and this was no different.”
The win is Anclote’s third straight after an 0-3 start, but more importantly, it puts the Sharks at 2-0 and atop the Class 5A-District 7 standings. A season ago, Anclote was 0-4, before winning six straight to clinch its first state playoff berth.
For three quarters, Brandon Vinkler’s 25-yard scoring pass to Austin Rumer provided the game’s only points. With a defense that limited Perdomo to 67 yards on 20 carries — which included one carry for 57 yards — and recorded six sacks and stopped drives that reached its 4 and 33, Anclote held on until Barrett’s 2-yard plunge with a minute remaining sealed the win.
River Ridge 0 0 0 0 — 0
Anclote 0 6 0 7 — 13
A – Rumer 25 pass from Vinkler (kick failed)
A – Barrett 2 run (Peppe kick)