High School Football

Leopards’ Libengood Takes the Lead

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

The Hernando High football squad is in the second year of its rebuild under head coach Bill Vonada, and the veteran mentor will assuredly need to lean on his upperclassmen. That’s where players such as senior defensive end Tyson Libengood come into the equation. “His experience on the defense and in the heat of battle makes him a natural leader,” Vonada said. “He has some of the best physical potential on our defensive front… He works extremely hard in the weight room, and is willing to do the extra things. He is one of our best cover guys on punt.”

Bears’ Scott Backs Up Big Talk

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If football doesn’t pan out for Manny Scott, perhaps he has a future in psychic readings. Central’s 13-7 victory at Springstead Friday night may have surprised many, but the Central senior called it two days earlier. “When we beat Springstead,” said Scott on Wednesday, stressing he didn’t mean if, “that’s when Hernando (County) is going to wake up. When we beat them is when everyone is going to open up their eyes... We’re hungry. All we’ve got to do is beat Springstead and that’s what will make us dominating this season.”

Season Openers Deliver Drama

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So much for easing into the season. Friday night saw the official start of the prep football campaign, and three of the four games involving Hernando County teams came down to the wire. Perhaps the most dramatic conclusion occurred at Springstead’s Booster Stadium, where long-downtrodden Central pulled off a shocking 13-7 victory.