District play debuts as Pirates (1-2) host lethal Leopards (1-2)

FOOTBALL

Citrus County crew nudged

HHS last fall in Brooksville, 14-7

By TONY CASTRO

HernandoSport.com

The first couple weeks of any season serve as ‘feeling out’ process prior to start of district action.

This year is no different.

Hernando High feels like it got off the canvas last Saturday thanks to rolling over winless Ocala-Lake Weir, 51-0.

That first win enabled an emerging Leopard offensive unit to take its next step.

Maurice Holland

This week, HHS’ fourth quarterback this year, senior Maurice Holland, isn’t splitting time with Isaiah Brown under center.

According to second-year skipper Robert Kazmier, the 6-foot, 170-pounder is his team’s bonafide starting signal caller.

In couple other wrinkles, the Leopards have sent some clear messages to couple of their better players on defense: Qwenton Coney, Jaquan Spry and Brown.

None of trio is starting this week at Bramlett Stadium.

According to coaching staff, the trio have not played hard every down they’ve been on the field of play.

As a result. neither the team’s No. 2 tackler from last year, Spry with 87 tackles, nor No. 7 tackler Coney with 64 tackles, will start.

By comparison, Coach Kazmier lauded the efforts of junior Jonathon Ahne at nose guard.

Johnathan Ahne

He points to his motor as inspiration to the rest of his younger teammates.

“Ahne is the type of kid that when he’s on the field of play, he’s got a great motor,” indicated Kazmier. “He doesn’t take plays off and is always hustling to the football. That’s what we’re looking for on that side of the ball.”

As impressive as the Leopards were last weekend against 0-3 Lake Weir in posting the team’s first shutout, the Leopards haven’t posted a bagel in Citrus County since 1995’s 22-0 verdict.

The Pirates are without the services of do-everything tailback of s year ago, DeAndre Parker, who graduated.

CRHS opened the season against one of the better Pasco County programs, River Ridge, falling 25-0.

In Week 2, the Pirates bounced back to hammer Lecanto, 46-0, but last week were steam rolled by an excellent Dunnellon Tigers squad, 37-0.

So if you take Lecanto out of the picture, the Pirates haven’t scored a point on its other two foes.

“Crystal River is adapting to not having Parker in the backfield,” explained Coach Kaz. “We had the same issues adapting to losing Izzy (Fields), David Hale (Bronson) and Boston Tafelski) from our backfield last year. That takes time.

“Regardless of who starts, Crystal River, we feel is battle tested. They opened with River Ridge, which is no slouch. They’re a physical and aggressive bunch. We have to play assignment football this weekend – that’s job No. 1.

“We have to continue to protect the football – just like we did last week against Lake Weir. We’re getting better,” noted Kazmier.

In prepping for CRHS this week, Monday’s practice was cut short due to the weather but Tuesday was a heavy defensive day.

“We used it as an extra conditioning day for Crystal River..” noted Kazmier

Anthony Talpa

Frosh place kicker Anthony Talpa misfired on five of his eight point-after attempts last Saturday but Kazmier pointed out that Leopards have a new snapper and holder in place, too.

He indicated that Talpa will continue to handle the bulk of the kicking game, but just needs practice reps.

On the injury front, junior Matthew Gillespie, who suffered a concussion against Lake Weir, did not practice this week and will not be playing.

Matthew Gillespie

On the keys to surviving at Bramlett Stadium, “Its always challenging playing the Pirates up thee. We can’t afford to give the game away. We have to take care of the football and continue to establish drives.

“…Priority No. 1 is play assignment football and second thing is to get Talpa some reps.” added Kazmier.

By the Numbers:

Hernando Leopards vs. Crystal River Pirates

Leopards lead the series 32-24-2

Compiled by TONY CASTRO

YR

SITE

RESULT

1950

Home

W 40-8

1951

Home

W 40-0

1954

Away

W 26-14

1955

Home

W 20-14

1956

Away

W 20-13

1957

Home

L 0-7

1958

Away

T 20-20

1959

Home

L 0-13

1960

Away

T 6-6

1961

Home

W 45-6

1964

Home

W 23-0

1965

Away

W 22-15

1969

Away

W 7-6

1970

Home

W 41-6

1971

Away

W 34-6

1972

Home

L 7-17

1973

Away

W 20-14

1974

Home

W 31-8

1975

Home

W 1-0 (OT)

1976

Away

W 17-0

1977

Home

W 30-6

1978

Away

W 13-0

1979

Home

L 0-28

1980

Away

W 21-14

1981

Home

W 41-0

1982

Away

W 27-6

1983

Home

W 21-20

1984

Away

W 28-20

1985

Away

L 0-21

1986

Home

W 17-6

1987

Away

L 13-20

1988

Home

L 0-36

1989

Away

L 8-41

1990

Home

L 23-26

1991

Away

W 28-0

1992

Home

W 17-16

1993

Away

L 6-36

1994

Home

W 28-7

1995

Away

W 22-0

1996

Home

L 7-26

1997

Away

L 17-28

1998

Home

L 6-55

1999

Away

L 0-13

2000

Home

L 0-21

2001

Away

L 14-35

2002

Home

W 33-21

2003

Away

L 7-22

2004

Home

L 20-21

2005

Away

W 46-25

2006

Home

L 7-13

2007

Away

L 7-37

2008

Home

L 3-20

2009

Home

W 35-14

2010

Away

W 24-17

2015

Away

L 7-21

2016

Homecoming

L 7-13

2017

Away

W 28-7

2018

Home

L 7-14

TOTALS (58)

583-400

 

 

 

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