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.