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…

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Lccanto Panthers (1-2) looking to spoil Central’s rare 4-0 run

FOOTBALL Bears need two victories to duplicate 1998’s 5-0 start By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Central High’s first-year skipper, Rob Walden, can’t help but speak with optimism echoing in his tone these days. And for good reason. You see, the Bears are the talk of Brooksville. Walden, CHS’ 10th head football coach since the doors flung open in 1989, has taken a page from the old manuscript along the Ken Austin…

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Leopards: No longer winless, level Lake Weir 51-0

FOOTBALL Seven different players find the end zone vs. ’Canes By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – A week prior to the start of its district schedule, Hernando High enjoyed a breather Saturday morning. After getting beat up by Lakeland-Lake Gibson, 43-0, and falling short end of a 13-7 road trip last weekend to Brevard County, Hernando High stood at the cross roads of unfamiliar 0-2 start. But in the first…

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It’s over! Eagles conclude Sharks’ 4-year, 19-game win skein, 30-19

FOOTBALL SHS’ Cabrera scores twice before being injured, Alexis’ 96-yard kick return seals the deal By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – For many first-time visitors to Shark Tank Stadium, its an experience unlike so many others. But Friday night’s 15th lifetime clash between archrivals NCT and F.W. Springstead represented a unique blend of football. After four years of frustration, the Spring Hill crew became the first Hernando County squad to…

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Week 3 Football Scoreboard

Sept 6: Springstead 30, NCT 19 Lecanto 7, Weeki Wachee 6 Sept. 7 : Hernando 51, Ocala-Lake Weir 0 Sept. 9  Central at Belleview, 7 p.m. 2019 Hernando County Overall Standings – Compiled by TONY CASTRO   RK.   TEAM   W   L   .PCT   PS   PA 1. Spring Hill-Springstead 3 0 1.000 104 19 1. Brooksville-Central 2 0 1.000 97 42 3. Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical 1…

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0-2 Hurricanes seek season‘s first win at winless Hernando

FOOTBALL Saturday’s kickoff slated for 10 a.m. By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com At 10 a.m. Saturday. the winless Ocala-Lake Weir Hurricanes (0-2) will test the winless Hernando Leopards (0-2) at Tom Fisher Memorial Stadium. The two teams that have not played since splitting the series in 2005-06. In 2005 in Brooksville, Matt Smith‘s Leopards edged the Hurricanes, 35-28. The following season, Lake Weir prevailed, 22-17. The Marion County crew opened the…

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Sharks seeking to extend county domination to 20 games

FOOTBALL NCT coming off first whitewash in 10 years, 33-0 TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Defending district champion Nature Coast Technical’s dream of a perfect season evaporated last Friday night in Brooksville. Visiting South Sumter, which hadn’t solved the Sharks since 2007’s 45-42 (2 OT), snapped a five-game series losing skein behind a definitive 33-0 statement at Shark Tank. The shutout served as NCT’s first in almost 10 years – spanning 93…

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Winless Leopards “It’s a matter of execution,” stresses Kazmier

FOOTBALL Hernando hopes Marion County schools open, to play this weekend By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Frustration could easily be sensed from Brooksville to Spring Hill with second-year skipper Robert Kazmier’s tone Tuesday afternoon. You see, things begin to get testy when Hernando High opens a season with back-to-back losses. It’s one thing, according to Coach Kazmier, to open with the toughest team on your schedule, falling to powerhouse, Lakeland-Lake Gibson,…

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Eagles collect 4 turnovers, blank Hornets (again), 21-0

FOOTBALL Rookie QB Centola guides SHS shutout TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – For F.W. Springstead, two weekends of football have resulted in two rare achievements. Last week in Spring Hill, Springstead began its 44th varsity football season with largest-ever margin of victory to open a season – 53-0 – against Sunlake. Last night at the Hornets’ Nest in Weeki Wachee, behind sophomore quarterback Nick Centola, the Spring Hill crew…

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Week 2 Football Scoreboard

Springstead 21, Weeki Wachee, 0 Bushnell-South Sumter 33, NCT 0 Central 45, New Port Richey-Gulf 8 Melbourne-Eau Gallie 13, Hernando 7 2019 Hernando County Overall Standings – Compiled by TONY CASTRO RK. TEAM W L .PCT PS PA 1. Brooksville-Central 2 0 1.000 97 42 1. Spring Hill-Springstead 2 0 1.000 74 0 3. Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical 1 1 .500 32 58 4. Brooksville-Hernando 0 2 .000 7 54 5. Weeki Wachee…

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Hornets seek first-ever win over visiting Eagles

FOOTBALL WWHS’ Chris Cook makes home debut By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com According to the Hornets’ first-year skipper, Chris Cook, last week carried a positive vibe for the Hornets. After going through another rehiring process – when Jacob Gray – opted to take a job out of state – the Hornets landed former Sebring native Chris Cook to retool its gridiron program. In Cook’s debut – at Groveland-South Lake, the Hornets…

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Eagles close line Hawks, 53-0

FOOTBALL Seven backs carry the rock as SHS opens impressively By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – Prior to ninth lifetime meeting between former district rivals Sunlake and Springstead, SHS skipper Mike Garofano was anxious to see what he had. After sitting out last week’s pre-season classic, Garofano received his answer. The Eagles unleashed seven different ball carriers in throttling the visiting Seahawks to open up its 44th season Friday at…

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Week 1 Football Scoreboard

Week 1 Scores: 08-23 Lakeland-Lake Gibson 41, Hernando 0 Springstead 53, Land O’ Lakes-Sunlake 0 NCT 32, Tarpon Springs-East Lake 25 Groveland-South Lake 7. Weeki Wachee 0 Central 52, Umatilla 34   2019 Hernando County Overall Standings – Compiled by TONY CASTRO RK. TEAM W L .PCT PS PA 1. Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical 1 0 1.000 32 25 1. Spring Hill-Springstead 1 0 1.000 53 0 1. Brooksville-Central 1 0 1.000 52…

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New-look Seahawks trek to Booster Stadium

FOOTBALL After Veteran skipper Bill Browning retired, defensive coordinator Matt Smith is sitting out 2019. By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com F.W. Springstead’s 44th season of varsity football begins Friday night 7:30 p.m. with always-tough Sunlake rolling into Booster Stadium. The Eagles. coming off a 7-3 campaign in 2018, were flooded out last week, and were not able to set foot on to its turf for its annual pre=season-classic against Inverness-Citrus. Meanwhile,…

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Golden Hurricanes invade Booster Stadium

FOOTBALL Kickoff Classic serves as final regular season tune-up By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Thursday night’s prep Kickoff Classic at 7 p.m. at Booster Stadium in Spring Hill serves as the tune-up for 44th season of Eagle football. Inverness-Citrus invades Spring Hill for the first time since 2014. The Golden Hurricanes finished 2018 at 4-6 -winning four of its last five tilts under Nate Varnadore. Varnadore stepped down immediately after the…

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15 years later, Lexington, SC’s Dick Allen repeats as Southern Open Champion

BOWLING Allen claims 25th PBA regional crown edging Spring Hill’s Champion, 246-234 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – It took 15 years, but on Sunday, Lexington, South Carolina’s Richie “Dick” Allen repeated as the Spring Hill Open champion at the Southern Regional held at Spring Hill Lanes. Allen, who’ll turn 41 next month, topped Spring Hill’s Colin Champion in the step ladder finals, 246-234. Among the final eight competitors,…

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