NORTH PORT -- Braden River rumbled 80 yards on its first possession and never looked back in a 42-7 romp over North Port on Friday.
The No. 4-ranked Pirates picked up pair of rushing touchdowns from Raymond Thomas, including a 29-yarder late in the first quarter.
Braden River (6-0) built a four-touchdown lead by halftime, which they entered holding a 291-57 advantage in total yardage.
The Pirates came in undefeated for a reason, and were hungry to test their limits before a huge battle with Venice in two weeks. They struck again with 2:30 left in the first, when Raymond Thomas collected his second rushing touchdown, this one a 29-yarder.
And on it went from there.
As the first half waned to mere seconds, Braden River coach Curt Bradley called timeout after a Bobcats' third down to stop the clock in an effort to score one more time before halftime.
"We were able to get a stop, block a punt and get some work for our special teams. There are always ways to improve and get better," Bradley said. "That was no disrespect to North Port at all, that was just us trying to improve on our game."
The Pirates failed to reach their goal of a running clock throughout the entire second half, but started the third quarter strong. Braden River's Ronnie McClellan intercepted a Skylar Razwilavich pass at the 25 ran it into the 11 on the opening drive of the third quarter.
A moment later, Pirates quarterback Jacob Huesman connected with Travis Williams on a 6-yard score to put the Pirates ahead 35-0 and start the running clock.
They crossed the goal line again, on a 1-yard run as time expired in the third, for their final points of the night.