by ANDY VILLAMARZO
HERNANDO SUN SPORTS WRITER
Week 10 of the regular season for prep football in the state of Florida began last week and we here at the Hernando Sun want to give you the Hernando County reader all the insight you can get during the 2018 campaign. We now take a look at the Hernando Sun Top 5 Prep Football Ranking heading into Week 11 of the regular season.
No. 1 Nature Coast (8-1, 6-0): Nature Coast ran away with a Class 5A, District 7 championship by defeating Hernando 35-14 and Lecanto 36-0 on a Friday and Monday, respectively. The Sharks will end the regular season with a game against IMG Academy before preparing for the Class 5A postseason. Question now is when will running back Mike Weston surpass 2,000 yards rushing?
No. 2 Hernando (7-3, 3-3): The Leopards’ bleak playoff chances turned into dust when they fell 35-14 at Nature Coast last week. Despite pulling off a solid record of 7-3 on the season, Rob Kazmier and Hernando will miss the playoffs unless they get a ton of help this Friday night. Otherwise, the Leopards will get a head start on the off-season.
No. 3 Springstead (7-3, 4-1): The Eagles had another easy go of it in a 48-8 blowout victory over Dade City Pasco. Springstead has outscored its last two opponents (Cypress Creek, Pasco) by a combined score of 102-15. Since they weren’t able to win the Class 6A, District 6 championship, it looks like the Eagles took out their frustrations on the Coyotes and Pirates. Ouch.
No. 4 Weeki Wachee (3-6, 2-4): One accomplishment that Weeki Wachee head coach Jacob Gray wanted to pull off this 2018 season was getting quarterback Vaughn Sykora to the county record of 20 touchdowns. Sykora reaches that feat this past Friday when the Hornets lost 32-22 to Crystal River. The Hornets can get to 4-6 when they face New Port Richey Gulf this Friday night.
No. 5 Central (0-10, 0-6): John Warren and crew completed a winless season and now the Bears must shift their focus to an off-season that poses more questions than answers. On the other coast, former Central High head coach Chris Sands led Eau Gaullie High School to a playoff spot in Year 1.
Andy Villamarzo can be reached at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @avillamarzo.