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...]

Gainesville bumps Sunlake from postseason … again

The rivalry between Sunlake and Land O' Lakes high schools is obvious because of the close proximity of the two schools. But the Seahawks may have found a new rival in the Gainesville Hurricanes, which for the second year in a row, knocked them out of the state football playoffs. Gainesville used two quick scores at the start of the game to cement what would become a 27-19 win Friday night in … [Read more...]

Sunlake tops Vanguard, travels to Gainesville next week

The Sunlake Seahawks have advanced in the state football playoffs once again by stopping the Vanguard Knights 24-6 Friday night in the Class 6A playoffs. Sunlake (9-2) dominated on the ground against the Ocala team with 280 total yards and three touchdowns. The Knights, on the other hand, were powerful in the air, with quarterback N'Kosi Perry throwing 17-of-29 for 189 yards and a touchdown. … [Read more...]

Playoff foe awaits district champ Sunlake

Each year, high school football teams enter the season with specific goals. Some achieve them, and others fall short. For Sunlake High School, the goal since the school’s inception has been to claim a district title. And every year they’ve fallen short of that goal. Until this year. The Seahawks survived a three-way tiebreaker on Nov. 3 that had teams playing one quarter of football … [Read more...]

In Print: Playoffs kick off Friday for Sunlake, Zephyrhills

Are you ready for the playoffs? Are the Sunlake Seahawks, or the Zephyrhills Bulldogs? Well, someone needs to be, because the state football playoffs begin Friday, with Zephyrhills on the road to the Panhandle area, while Sunlake is hosting a tough team from Ocala. "The farthest we've gotten is the second round in the playoffs," Seahawks coach Bill Browning told reporter Michael Murillo. … [Read more...]