Andy Villamarzo

Hernando Prep Football Roundup: Springstead rolls to 40-0 win over Lecanto

SPRING HILL- There’s only one undefeated team left in Hernando County and they reside in Spring Hill. 

Springstead continued its march towards making history and finishing the regular season undefeated, as the Eagles rolled to a 40-0 victory over Lecanto last Friday at Booster Stadium. With the victory, Springstead now improves to 7-0 on the season heading into this Friday’s matchup against Groveland South Lake. 

‘The Cheetah’ impresses in San Francisco’s 31-3 Monday Night Football win

By Andy Villamarzo

Hernando Sun sports reporter

 Back in Brooksville, FL just over a few years ago, Nature Coast Technical featured a running back that not many thought then would end up playing in the National Football League. 

 Come this past Monday night in San Francisco, California, the San Francisco 49ers had former Nature Coast running back Matt Breida sitting center stage on one of the NFL’s premier nights to watch football. 

Springstead wins a 19-16 thriller in OT over Hernando

By Andy Villamarzo 

Hernando Sun sports reporter

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

SPRING HILL- All week the status of Springstead linebacker Adrian Cabrera was up in the air heading into last Friday’s tilt against Hernando. 

The team’s arguably best player went into Wednesday’s practice of last week finally getting the green light from head coach Mike Garofano and was beyond excited to get back on the field with his fellow teammates. 

Springstead derails Pasco 10-3 in district battle

By Andy Villamarzo 

Hernando Sun sports reporter 

SPRING HILL- If there’s anything that this Springstead High School’s football team has shown this 2019 season, it’s resiliency. 

Mike Garofano’s group has been tested week in and week out and the time came for the Eagles to answer the bell against a hungry Dade City Pasco team last Friday, hoping to bounce back from a 20-0 loss the previous week to St. Petersburg Dixie Hollins. 

Springstead defeats Crystal River 21-0 and improves to 4-0

SPRING HILL- The best team in Hernando County resides out of Spring Hill these days.

Another example of that sentiment was proven last Friday when Springstead hosted Crystal River. The Eagles’ defense has already pitched a couple of shutout victories and added another to their belt, as Springstead rolled to a 21-0 win over the Pirates at home. Springstead now improves to 4-0 on the season and heads into this week’s matchup against Dade City Pasco with plenty of momentum. 

Hernando defeats Wildwood 14-6 in defensive battle

BROOKSVILLE- With the death of junior varsity football player Trevor Bowen still on everyone’s mind, the Hernando High varsity football team took the field to face Class 1A opponent Wildwood on Sept. 20, 2019. The Wildcats produced a formidable challenge, as they featured 6-foot-5 quarterback Oscene Mikell and a slew of talented wide receivers. 

Week 5 Hernando County football game previews

By Andy Villamarzo 

Hernando Sun sports reporter 

The regular season for prep football in Hernando County heads into Week 5 action and Week 4 was a tough one for the county. Nature Coast lost its third game in a row when they fell 34-7 to Wiregrass Ranch and Central ended up falling to Lecanto. Four of five Hernando County squads will be back in action this week and teams will be 50 percent through the season after this Friday. We take a closer look at all of the Week 5 regular season matchups on tap for Friday night.

Springstead football is county best at 3-0 to start season

By Andy Villamarzo 

Hernando Sun sports reporter

SPRING HILL- If you had told most folks around Hernando County that the best team through three games would be Springstead, some might have given you a double take. 

The Eagles, who didn’t make the playoffs last season, had teams like Nature Coast and Hernando, to leapfrog to earn the title of top club in the county. Springstead has certainly progressed and this season they look nearly unstoppable.