ZEPHYRHILLS — Jordan Roberts found the end zone three times, leading Zephyrhills to a victory against Land O’ Lakes. Late in the first quarter, the Gators took a 6-0 lead on a 6-yard touchdown pass from James Pensyl to Javin Tandy, but the Bulldogs would answer three plays later. Wesley Chapel transfer Ty Tanner found Jordan Roberts on a 67-yard scoring toss. The Bulldogs added a 2-point conversion to put Zephyrhills ahead, 8-6. Then, the Gators and Bulldogs traded kickoff returns for touchdowns, with Stefan Zapata going 98 yards and Roberts scoring on a 93-yard return. After 10 scoreless minutes, Zephyrhills and Land O’ Lakes combined for 27 points in the last two minutes of the first quarter — with Zephyrhills taking a 14-13 lead. A 23-yard touchdown run by Lorine Parker and a 64-yard interception return for a score by Roberts pushed Zephyrhills’ lead to 27-13 midway through the third quarter.
Malik Mutcherson, who ran for 101 of his 112 yards in the second half, scored on a 45-yard run in the third quarter to round out the scoring for the Bulldogs. LOL 13 0 0 0 — 13 Z-hills 14 0 20 0 — 34 L — Tandy 6 pass from Pensyl (pass failed) Z — Roberts 67 pass from Tanner (Roberts pass from Tanner) L — Zapata 98 kick return (Dowler kick) Z — Roberts 93 kick return (pass failed) Z — Parker 23 run (kick blocked) Z — Roberts 64 interception return (Gleaton kick) Z — Mutcherson 45 run (Gleaton run)