High School Football

Hernando Sun Top 5 Prep Football Poll

The country is in the middle of a pandemic with the coronavirus still doing damage throughout the states, but many of those around the country are trying to return to some kind of normalcy. Usually, in mid to late August, high school football begins, followed by college football and then the NFL. Instead, every day of every week is met with some new skepticism on whether the season can start on time, be delayed, or can be played at all. 

Nature Coast 2020 Hernando Sun Prep Football Preview

Regular season prep football practice doesn’t start up around the state of Florida until August 24th and in Hernando County, teams can’t take the field until sometime in early or mid-September. We take a closer look at Nature Coast Technical High School, which is coming off a 6-5 campaign under coach Cory Johns. The Sharks head into the 2020 campaign with postseason expectations but potentially may not get that chance because of the pandemic.

Bill Vonada back at Springstead coaching football

SPRING HILL- When Springstead High School started making a name for themselves on the high school football scene, one name always jumped out at people, and that was former head coach Bill Vonada.

Vonada built a legacy over at Springstead, which included opponents aware they’ll need to stop the run game and face a fierce defense. The former head Eagle is back at Springstead but this time as an assistant coach under Mike Garofano. Athletic director Dustin Kupcik and the school made the announcement via Twitter in an article and below is the statement put on the hiring of Vonada.

Selecting Coach, Offensive, Defensive Players of the Year in Football

Though the last time a prep football team stepped onto the field was back in November 2019, there’s still some debate on who was the coach and players of the year. Here at the Hernando Sun, we covered Central, Hernando, Nature Coast, Springstead, and Weeki Wachee all season long.  We also covered Hernando Christian Academy’s six-man football. Hernando County saw two teams advance into the Florida High School Athletic Association playoffs and those clubs had some of the top players in the county.

Hernando County Prep Football Preseason Game Previews

By Andy Villamarzo 

Hernando Sun sports writer 

The regular season for prep football in Hernando County is fast approaching and before the real thing happens, teams will play in kickoff classic games. All five of Hernando County’s clubs will be in action this week and it will be the first look coaches will get at their starters and backups. We take a closer look at both of the preseason matchups on tap for Thursday and Friday nights. 

Thursday, August 15th

Coach Kaz Takes Pride in Leopard Tradition, Community

Known to many as Coach Kaz, Robert Kazmier kicks off his second season as head football coach for Hernando Leopards.

His coaching experience began at nineteen, volunteering on the sidelines at Nature Coast Tech.

“I was around those really good teams, and I’ve seen the possibilities of the talent in this area,” Kazmier said. “But I always had my eye on Hernando because it’s that real community school.”

Nature Coast Technical, Having Fun but Focused

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. ---- The weather in this part of the state of Florida, is unpredictable, it could be raining hard but just wait a minute because the storm will pass and the promise of a sunny day is waiting.

Like the weather, this year’s football season for Nature Coast Technical High School is going to be unpredictable.

The excitement of a new beginning, for players and coaches; it is the best time of the season and really who does not like the feel of something brand new?

A natural transition

Former Explorer K-8 sports coach Robert Walden is beginning to settle in as Central’s new head football coach. The transition from coaching middle school sports to high school sports seems to be a natural one for Walden.

The Bears football program has struggled to surpass two wins over the last ten years but the hope is that Walden’s seven seasons of coaching a variety of middle school sports from football to tennis may generate a new path for the Bears.