Zephyrhills Free Press

Pirates withdraw from FHSAA to salvage season


The Pasco Pirates, a football team of storied history, has withdrawn from the FHSAA and will finish the season as an Independent.


Following Friday’s 55-0 drubbing by Zephyrhills Christian Academy, the Pirates have announced it will be forfeiting its game against Ocala Vanguard and canceling a game against Lakeland Lake Gibson because of several injuries.


The forfeit to Vanguard is a district game. FHSAA rules state that the forfeiture of a district game forces a team to become an Independent or forfeit the rest of the season. The Pirates chose the prior.


Pasco, under third year head coach Jason Stokes, currently sits with a 0-4 record and has been kept off the scoreboard by every opponent this season. The Pirates have been outscored 156-0. Stokes is 9-14 as the skipper of the Pirates.
The Pirates are more than halfway to a winless season with four games remaining on the schedule. The last time a Pasco High School football team went winless was 1942.


Following the forfeit and cancellation, Pasco has Belleview, Land O’ Lakes, Lecanto and the Nine-Mile War against Zephyrhills remaining on their schedule. As of now, there is now word on whether any of those games will not be played.

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