By DONNA GARRET
The season opener looked different this year as administrators, coaches, parents, and athletes came together adhering to mask and social distancing guidelines to attend and participate in the season opener for the varsity high school football season. A moment many didn’t even think would happen for the 20-21 school year, and for some, it hasn’t yet. On Friday Sept. 25, 2020, Friday night lights was underway as 4 of Hernando County’s 5 public high school teams took the field. Springstead Eagles’ opener planned away against Lecanto Panthers had to be canceled due to COVID-19. Hernando Leopards faced off against Crystal River Pirates for their senior night, walking away victorious with a score of 33-0. All eyes were on new Leopard Senior RB Contae Cason and he delivered in a big way. His second carry of the night was a 68 yard touchdown. In the first half, Cason also brought in a touchdown after a blocked punt by Crystal River and a 35 yard touch down.
The Weeki Wachee Hornets brought home a victory over the Citrus Hurricanes with a final score of 25-0 and The Nature Coast Sharks delivering an upset to the Central Bears with an overwhelming victory of 60-0.
Although the stands might not have been filled with the usual numbers, it’s refreshing to see so many coming together to make this season happen. With much uncertainty in the weeks to come these teams prepare for their next battles. Hernando Leopards will face the Weeki Wachee Hornets at home, Central Bears head to Lecanto to face the Lecanto Panthers and the Nature Coast Sharks will host the Citrus Hurricanes.