Friday night recaps 10/13

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

All of Hernando County's teams were back in action last week, as district play and postseason contenders are starting to emerge from the pack. With meaningful games being played out of Class 6A, District 6 and Class 5A, District 7, we take a look at last week's slate of games that took place. 

Hernando 49, Weeki Wachee 7 

It's been a tough two week stretch for Weeki Wachee. Previous to last week , the Hornets had to face off against one of Class 5A, District 7's top clubs in Nature Coast. Jacob Gray's club has to turnaround and basically do it all over again, except they faced the district's other top contender in undefeated Hernando. The Leopards continued their dream season and rolled to a 49-7 victory over the Hornets (1-5, 1-3), improving to 5-0 overall and most importantly 3-0 in district play. Hernando hosts Central this week at home. 

"It's very easy to get caught up with records in our district," Hernando coach Bill Vonada said. "I'm pressing to the guys to keep on the task at hand. We have to focus in on the next game. The minute we let up, someone will take advantage."


Hernando coach Bill Vonada

Nature Coast 67, Lecanto 0 

There was never any doubt in last week's Class 5A, District 7 matchup between the visiting Levantine Panthers and Nature Coast Technical. The Sharks jumped out to a 35-0 lead and walked into intermission leading 48-0 en route to a blowout victory over the Panthers. 

Nature Coast (5-1, 4-0) put together a solid first half offensively, amounting 301 yards of total offense. The Sharks' defense was nearly equally as impressive, holding the Panthers to a mere 54 yards on offense. The second half was played entirely under a running clock. 


Nature Coast quarterback Fabian Burnett warming up before facing Lecanto last Friday

Crystal River 22, Central 6

The Bears (2-6, 1-4) have just not found any luck lately. After just narrowly falling to rival Nature Coast 28-26, Central has seen its fair share of close ball games. Four to be exact, as the Bears have lost by seven or less points in four contests this season. Though this last week wasn't decided by seven or less, most of the game was tight throughout. Central trailed 7-6 at halftime before yielding 15 unanswered points in the second half in a loss to Crystal River. 

"We knew coming in that Crystal River was a good team," Central coach Chris Sands said. "Their record doesn't really tell how good of a team they are. We had opportunities and we were looking to tie the game in the fourth quarter. Our defense played great. They hit us in the mouth on offense."

Springstead 14, Land O' Lakes 7 

The Eagles (4-3, 2-1) didn't let up in Class 6A, District 6 play and won a 14-7 defensive battle against Land O' Lakes last week. Springstead's only district blemish to date is a 28-7 loss to undefeated Mitchell. Mike Garofano's crew has games remaining against Cypress Creek, Pasco, Nature Coast and Hernando. 

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