TARPON SPRINGS — In an otherwise forgettable precursor to the 2013 season, Tymere Carter was a lone bright spot for Anclote. Carter caught seven passes for 101 yards, leading the Sharks to their only score in a disappointing Kickoff Classic loss. “We got outphysicaled and the cure for that is an old five-man sled we’ve got named ‘Old Betsy,’ ” Anclote coach Matt Wicks said. “This is stare-yourself-in-the-mirror time. We have a long time ahead of us.” C.J. Peppe’s 39-yard, fourth quarter field goal cut the Sharks’ deficit to 14-3, but subsequent Tarpon Springs scoring drives put the game away.
Anclote’s undersized defense was pushed around by a run-heavy attack, allowing 196 yards and pacing Sponger scoring drives of 90 and 87 yards. Offensively, the Sharks were no better. Anclote was held to minus-29 yards on the ground, including an incredible minus-3 on 10 carries for star Willie Barrett. Anclote gained just 115 total yards. The Sharks didn’t register a first down until 7:27 remained in the first half and provided scant protection for sophomore quarterback Brandon Vinkler, who was sacked three times for a loss of 23 yards. Anclote 0 0 0 3 — 3 T. Springs 7 7 0 14 — 28 T – Johnson 8 run (Zervos kick) T – Miller 8 run (Zervos kick) A – FG Peppe 39 T – Ford 3 run (Zervos kick) T – Miller 3 run (Zervos kick)