After long hours in the weight-room and competing in 7-on-7 passing leagues throughout the summer months, finally teams around the state of Florida got on the field for preseason play. That included several of the teams within Hernando County, as Central, Nature Coast, Springstead and Weeki Wachee will all take the field this week. Hernando was the only county club that didn’t have a preseason matchup. The Leopards begin the regular season this week on the road when they face Fivay. We take a look at the four preseason games that took place and featured Hernando County teams.
Springstead 68, Hudson 0: It was swift. It was high scoring. It was dominant. Springstead controlled every facet of the game, as they blew past Hudson 68-0 in last week’s preseason classic. Quarterback Nathan Sims was at the helm under center and he had the offense humming all evening long. The Eagles led 55-0 heading into the final quarter of play.
Nature Coast Technical 48, Clearwater Superior Collegiate Academy 34: If people wanted to know if Nature Coast Technical is for real, many naysayers got their answers last week when the Sharks put on an impressive performance against Superior Collegiate Academy. The Sharks were down 20-15 at halftime and then went on to out score SCA 33-14 in the second half. Nature Coast is on the road this week at Ridgeview.
Weeki Wachee 22, Tavares 8: The Hornets started off the preseason with a bang, as they were able to get past Tavares 22-8 last Friday. Weeki Wachee boasts some of the top offensive weapons in Hernando County and they were on full display in preseason action. Playing at home, the Hornets now head into a season full of high expectations with the return of quarterback Vaughn Sykora and running back Sebastian Class.
Groveland South Lake 49, Central 14: The Bears took their licks at the ‘Bears Den’ and fell in a 49-14 romp against Groveland South Lake. The contest was the second unofficial game under new head coach John Warren. Central starts off the season this week when they face rival Springstead on the road.
Games on tap Friday 8/24/18:
Central at Springstead, 7:30 p.m.
Nature Coast at Ridgeview, 7:30 p.m.
Weeki Wachee at Lake Weir, 7:30 p.m.
Hernando at Hudson Fivay, 7:30 p.m.