Locals make impact in college football ranks

The college football regular season has come to a close, and dozens of players with ties to The Laker/Lutz News coverage area showcased their skills on Saturdays in the fall. More than 100 players from the area are a part of various programs at the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Series (FCS) levels, as well as Division II, Division III and the National … [Read more...]

New season, higher goals for Zephyrhills football

Last year, the Zephyrhills Bulldogs snapped an eight-year playoff drought by making the postseason for the first time since head coach Reggie Roberts took over in 2010. This year, the path to an encore doesn't begin on the practice field, or in the classroom watching game film. It begins in church. "I had one of the preachers from a local church say, ‘Coach, you've been praying for … [Read more...]

Bulldogs look past playoff loss to promising future

The Zephyrhills Bulldogs played approximately 540 minutes of football this season — but it was the final two minutes that were the most disappointing. The team came up short on a fourth-and-one that would have sealed a victory in their first playoff game in eight seasons. Instead, their opponent — Suwannee High School from Live Oak — drove down the field quickly and scored a … [Read more...]

Bulldogs pick up pieces after tough South Sumter loss

At least they know where they stand. The Zephyrhills Bulldogs are a very good football team, as evidenced by their first three games — winning by a combined score of 146-44. But they’re clearly not the class of their district after taking a 45-10 loss at home to defending Class 5A-District 6 champion South Sumter. And according to Head Coach Reggie Roberts, the Bulldogs definitely are … [Read more...]

Pirates-Bulldogs: Winner gets playoffs, loser goes home

In high school football, every game is meaningful. If it involves two good teams, it's a little more important. And if the playoffs are on the line, that ups the ante. But if it's a rivalry game, it has the makings of something really special. Friday’s match up featuring the 5-3 Pasco Pirates and 7-1 Zephyrhills Bulldogs qualifies as all of the above. When Pasco visits Zephyrhills, … [Read more...]