Last year, the Leopards were in year one under Head Coach John Scargle. When breaking in an all-new coaching staff, the first season can have rough patches. That was the case for Hernando, as they managed only three wins. The Purple and Gold are looking to improve their pass protection, tackling, and secondary play coming into this season, and that would certainly help if they are reaching for a winning record or more. With a tough schedule upcoming, the Leopards are going to need leaders to step up and new stars to emerge. If Capel III hits the 2000-yard mark this season, as his head coach hopes, that could go a long way in helping the Leopards have a solid season.
Head Coach: John Scargle
Previous Season Record: 3-7
’21 –’22 Season Record: 6-5
Stadium: Tom Fisher Stadium
Leopards 2023 Schedule:
8/25 Home vs. Hudson Cobras at 7:30
9/1 Home vs. Nature Coast Tech Sharks at 7:30
9/8 Hernando at Citrus Hurricanes at 7:30
9/15 Home vs Pasco Pirates at 7:30
9/22 Hernando at Lecanto Panthers at 7:00
9/29 Home vs. Dunnellon Tigers at 7:30 (District)
10/6 Hernando at Springstead Eagles at 7:30
10/13 Home vs. South Sumter Raiders at 7:30 (District)
10/27 Hernando at Crystal River Pirates at 7:00 (District)
11/3 Home vs. Weeki Wachee Hornets at 7:30
Players to watch for: RB John Capel III, QB Michael Saltsman, OLB Colton Nashworth
Newcomers: WR/DB Isaiah Daniels, DL/TE Keaundre Gavin
Game to watch: The matchup with Nature Coast on September 1st. The Sharks took it to the Leopards last season with a dominating 45-3 victory. With this being another early season tilt, Coach Scargle and company will get to see just how far they have come since facing Nature Coast a year ago.
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