Football

Springstead falls on the road 26-21 to Lake Minneola

CLERMONT- Two schools were looking to make history in last Friday’s Class 6A, District 5 championship between Lake Minneola and Springstead. 

For Lake Minneola, they were looking to do something the football program has never done before and that was to win a district championship. The Hawks at home knew the pressure was on to win the football program’s first ever district crown against an 8-0 Eagles’ team. 

Springstead faces Lake Minneola for 6A-5 title

By Andy Villamarzo 

Hernando Sun sports reporter 

SPRING HILL- It’s all or nothing when it comes down to Friday night’s Class 6A, District 5 championship game between Springstead and Lake Minneola. 

Both teams have been able to defeat the other district foes Lecanto and Dade City Pasco and now the Eagles are aiming to pull off the program’s best record since the 2013 season when they reached the region final versus Seffner Armwood, before being upended 41-0. 

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GROVELAND- What seemed like so long ago, the last time Springstead was playing for a district championship was in the 2013 season, when the Eagles were able to break ground and reach the region finals. 

Making school history was a moment etched into history for those that were apart of that special Eagles’ club. Springstead was able to go 11-2 on the season and won a couple playoff games against Inverness Citrus and Gainesville before falling to state powerhouse Seffner Armwood 41-0. 

Hernando runs by Central

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. --- The wait was worth it!

The football field at Tom Fischer Stadium was still soggy with some lingering puddles left over from the tropical storm. Finally, the wait at Hernando High School was over and the 2019 Homecoming football game was played.

Monday October 21 under the lights, Hernando High School defeated Central High School 37-8, and that made the Homecoming celebration for the Leopards fans inside the stadium.

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. 

Nature Coast Senior Night

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. --- It was a night made for celebration!

There was a bright full moon, a soft autumn breeze. A small group of proud family members gathered and walked alongside the NCT players honored for their dedication to the game of football. It was a ceremony celebrating Senior Night at Nature Coast Tech High School on Friday night, October 11, 2019 inside the Shark Tank.

That evening they faced Weeki Wachee High School and closed the home portion of the 2019 Nature Coast Tech High School football season.

West Hernando Eagles take their first win of the season.

Article and Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

“When it rains, it pours, when it pours, you score,” Fox Chapel’s eighth-grader Mike Lee said. 

Even though the Tigers never scored a touchdown, they kept the Eagles from crossing over into their endzone beyond half-time, ending the game at 14-0 on Oct. 8, 2019.

“I was proud of Fox Chapel because, in the past, we would score forty-some points,” coach Genard Hudson said. “They showed a lot of improvement and gave us a challenge.”

Hernando Christian academy rebounds after a tough loss to Donahue

Article and Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

Hernando Christian Academy (HCA) was on a three-game winning streak until they met up with Donahue on September 27. The Lions didn’t make it easy for Donahue as HCA fell just 7 points shy of them with a final score of Donahue 45, HCA 38.

“We lost steam, but not a lot,” Asst. Coach Lance Schwan said. “We walked away from Donahue with a little bit more confidence. I think it’s going to turn into a positive thing and force these kids to keep going.”