Pirates ransack Gators in opener

Published 12:14 am Saturday, August 18, 2012

One team got a complete effort. The other got a game that was completely forgettable.

Pearl manhandled Vicksburg 49-7 in the opener of the Red Carpet Bowl Friday, winning with a balanced offense, a stingy defense and a special teams unit that pinned the Gators deep all night.

The Gators (0-1) were stymied on offense by a combination of a lack of execution and the play of Pearl’s defense, which decimated Vicksburg’s running attack. The Gators tallied 102 rushing yards.

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Quarterback Tavares Johnson Jr. completed 7 of 15 passes for 80 yards and one touchdown, a 43-yard pitch-and-catch to De’Andre King after the game was no longer in doubt.