High School Football

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.

Hernando County Prep Football Thoughts Heading into the Summer

Spring football brought upon us a lot of questions and answers for the public schools within Hernando County. As expected, the top teams remain steady where they’re at. We take a closer look at what has transpired throughout the spring and what to watch for heading into what will be a busy off-season for prep football in Florida.

Nature Coast has a quarterback battle ongoing

Friday night recaps 10/13

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Hernando running back Isaac Fields against Weeki Wachee last Friday

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 

Nature Coast star running back arrested

DeShawn Smith. Photo provided by HCSO

Nature Coast senior running back DeShawn Smith, who led the nation in both rushing yards and touchdowns last fall, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with burglary.
According to the arrest report filed by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Smith, 18, and three juveniles were involved in a break-in at a residence located at 11260 Claymore St. in Spring Hill on Tuesday afternoon.