By Andy Villamarzo
Hernando Sun sports staff writer
BROOKSVILLE- After much speculation all throughout the offseason on where the former Central running back might land, Contae Cason has confirmed where he will be playing his senior season.
The former Bears’ star has confirmed that he will be playing at Hernando High School for the 2020 season, solidifying that Cason will not be back at Central. The transfer of Cason to Hernando bolsters a Leopards’ roster and a backfield that already looked to be one of the better ones in Hernando County.
Cason originally stated he would be making his own announcement about his decision of where he will be going via social media. The decision to leave Central leaves the Bears’ without their top rusher and yards producer from 2019. The former Bear rushed for 1,758 yards and scored 21 touchdowns in the 2019 season. Central went 3-7 last season under head coach Rob Walden.
The game that brought a lot of attention to Cason’s time at Central was last season when the Bears hosted New Port Richey Gulf at home. Cason rushed for 203 yards and scored seven touchdowns in a 45-8 victory over the Buccaneers. The victory helped catapult Cason’s name onto the scene and the buzz started to buildup at Central surrounding the fleet-footed running back.
The buzz is now going to be surrounding Hernando and it’s star-studded backfield of Cason and returning running back Kev’on Williams, who rushed for 750 yards and scored seven touchdowns in 2019. The duo of Cason and Williams could be the top tandem not only in Hernando County, but in the Tampa Bay area. The transition from Rob Kazmier to new head coach Earl Garcia III might be a little bit easier with this current cast of players.
Garcia III, who formerly was the defensive coordinator at Hillsborough High School comes from a family bloodline that is embedded into football coaching, as his father Earl Garcia Sr. is the head coach at Hillsborough High School. Garcia Sr. will be entering his 41st season coaching and has compiled an overall record of 203-59 and was named coach of the year in 1993, 1999.
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