We experienced our first two big nights of spring football last Thursday and Friday, so BCP’s Barber Shop was open for business last Friday, giving you the best cuts from Thursday combination of jamborees and full games. Well, it’s cranking out business on a Monday as we recap some of the statistical highlights–as well as a few juicy tidbits from Friday to have a discussion over in true barber shop fashion. Let’s get to it, shall we?
535 – The number of yards rushing for Wesley Chapel in their 54-point total over Weeki Wachee. That’s just THREE YARDS shy of their ENTIRE output for all of last season. Now, we knew Anthony Egan was going to bring some of that River Ridge influence to the east side of Pasco County, but whoa. The ‘Cats were paced by Dexter Leverette and his 282 yards on 15 carries and FIVE touchdowns. We already knew Chpael had a good QB, but if this is sign of things to come, week two versus rivals Wiregrass Ranch just got really interesting. Why?
37 – The number of unanswered points that Wiregrass scored against Pasco in a 40-6 blowout. We have been saying that a healthy Wiregrass is a very dangerous Wiregrass, and for one night that was confirmed. They’re bigger, faster and much stronger than last season and could be lying in the weeds ready to put a hurting on some of their Pasco County foes and even some Hillsborough County ones. Da Da McGee and Chase Oliver pack a very nice 1-2 punch on the ground and they’ve got athleticism all over their secondary and at the skill positions.
54 – Back to the Chapel game very quickly. If you look at their regular season numbers going all the way back to 2004, according to maxpreps.com, the number of points scored by the ‘Cats–if they were to have done that in the regular season, would’ve marked the first time they’ve been over 50 points in a game since? September 17, 2004–when they scored 58 in a rout of Zephyrhills. Not to be lost if you’re on the Weeki Wachee side of things is that although the rush defense wasn’t working, their two main weapons on offense–Alec Cromie and Montae Bostick–both had big nights.
4 – The total number of points combined by Nature Coast Tech and Mulberry in their losses to Palm Harbor University and Hardee respectively. It was PHU defeating NCT by a 37-2 score while Hardee blasted Mulberry by a 40-2 margin. The best part about both scores has nothing to do with the obvious side-reference to both teams doing their best Florida Gators impression though, but rather that both coaches offered up four less excuses than their teams’ point-totals and simply said that things needed to be better. Kudos to both coaches.
4 – Four is also the number of fumbles that Sunlake recovered in a nine minute span that all led to touchdowns. The Seahawks are saltier than the air their namesakes co-habitate in thinking back to last seasons’ loss to Mitchell. They led the Leopards 48-0 at halftime and if you don’t think that’s a team on a mission, then think again. One of Pasco County’s most-consistent programs isn’t going anywhere soon.
7 – The number of freshman and sophomores combined along the offensive line and at the quarterback position for Frostproof in their game versus George Jenkins. The Eagles lost this game last season, but got things right in a 21-12 win on Friday night in Frostproof.
100 – Percent that is. Kathleen’s Antonio Whitehead is just one of three players vying for the starting position, and helped cement his case for starter going 7-for-7 for 66 yards in one quarter against Ridge Community. The Red Devils won both of their contests giving up just seven points combined to Lake Region and Ridge. Speaking of the Bolts, they amassed 301 yards in one half alone in a 28-0 rout of Lake Region in one half of play rushing for 265 yards of that total.
56 – The total number of points given up by River Ridge to Tampa Catholic on Friday night. This game was a nail-biter last season, but the Crusaders left no doubt this year. That total number of points given up by the Royal Knights is the most they’ve surrendered in a spring or regular season game since October 7, 2011. It took them eight weeks to surrender that many points on their schedule last season. Although River Ridge knows life-without-Chris will take an adjustment, they certainly don’t need to be reminded by the sideline officials of this adjustment. Overheard by the staff and several members of the team and even media, the official clearly told Head Coach Ryan Benjamin “you guys are in for a long season” which sent Benjamin ballistic–and rightfully so. The official was sent to the press box at halftime of the game and did not return to the field.
208 – The number of passing yards for TC’s Austin Sessums and a hearty congrats to the young man for picking up his first offer from Samford University. No Devan, no problem. Although superstar Devan Barrett sat the game out, Head Coach Mike Greogry–a River Ridge Alum–saw guys like Sessums along with Bentlee Sanders and rising sophomore Jalen Bussey put it some serious work on the offensive side of the ball. River Ridge’s Mikey Roussos is a name you need to keep track of as he had 169 all-purpose yardage in the game.
255 – The number of yards passing for Northeast’s Keon Gulley against Tarpon Springs. Gulley along with Donnie Crum were balling out of control for the Vikings on Friday although Tarpon did have a bright spot with Dearrian Wright picking up 100 yards and three touchdowns in-total. We would like to extend our prayers and wishes to Crum–who suffered a significant injury to his ankle towards the end–and hope that he is back out on the field as quickly as possible. Get better young man!!!!
The Barber Shop is only open for one more week before it closes its doors for the summer, so make sure you check back in next Monday!