by Andy Villamarzo

DUNEDIN- With the Southwest Florida Gladiators just a year removed from winning the Florida Football Alliance's championship in blowout fashion over the Miami Magic City Bulls, the Anclote Pirates knew they were heading up against a tall task. A win against the Gladiators would prove the Pirates might be title contenders and a loss would show there was some learning that needed to be done. The latter ended up being the end result. 

The Gladiators took advantage of a slew of Pirates miscues, including Anclote allowing a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Alonso Carnes. Southwest Florida's defense suffocated Anclote's offense to the tune of just a mere 98 yards en route t a 35-13 victory at Dunedin Memorial Stadium at Dunedin High School. 

Anclote (1-2) had trouble moving the ball on offense all throughout, as quarterback Nate Munson was held to 52 yards rushing on 22 carries and just 45 yards passing on 5 of 19. Running back Donshaw Inmon couldn't get going on the ground, rushing for just eight yards on seven touches. 

Southwest Florida (3-0) had no such issues on offense, as Carnes rushed for 104 yards and quarterback Dontae Brown threw for 200 yards on 7 of 11 passing. The Pirates cut the Gladiators' lead to 18-7 just before halftime and got the ball back to begin the second half. Anclote wasn't able to generate anything, however, until late in the fourth quarter when Munson hit Chris Norman on a 25 yard touchdown pass. 

Pirates staff writer