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Zephyrhills 37, Nature Coast 16

BROOKSVILLE — In what was an elimination game for both teams in Class 5A-District 6 play, the Zephyrhills Bulldogs ran to victory against Nature Coast.

Paced by the running of Jaylen Pickett and Lorine Parker, the Bulldogs pounded their way to 421 yards of offense, 306 of which came on the ground.

The scoring started early with Pickett’s 1-yard touchdown run. On the next drive, the Bulldogs defense forced the Sharks to go three-and-out, leading to a beautiful play-action pass from Ty Tanner to Jordan Roberts for a 70-yard touchdown.

The Sharks went into the half trailing 21-0, after Pickett added another 1-yard dive.

The second half would be much of the same for Nature Coast, which couldn’t muster any offense against a stingy Bulldogs defense. Nature Coast finished with 245 yards of offense, scoring its points on a 25-yard field goal by Austin Lacy, and TD runs of 23 and 24 yards by Deshawn Smith.

Zephyrhills added 16 points in the second half, on a 50-yard run by Pickett, a safety on a bad snap in the Sharks end zone, and a fumble recovery taken 11 yards by Tre Everett. Pickett rushed for 180 yards and three touchdowns.

Z-hills 7 14 14 2 — 37

N. Coast 0 0 3 13 — 16

Z — Pickett 1 run (Gleaton kick)

Z — Roberts 70 pass from Tanner (Gleaton kick)

Z — Pickett 1 run (Gleaton kick)

Z — Pickett 50 run (Gleaton kick)

Z — Everett 11 fumble return (Gleaton kick)

NC — FG Lacy 25

Z — Safety, ball snapped out of end zone

NC — Smith 24 run (Lacy kick)

NC — Smith 23 run (kick failed)

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