18-year title drought ends for Powell (8-0), Panthers manhandle Navigators (6-2), 40-0

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Panthers win turnover margin, 3-0, capitalize behind Buratzuk’s 3-TD air raid By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – The 24th and final Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference football game – featuring second-seeded and top-seeded Powell – didn’t follow the script of a nip and tuck regular season. On Tuesday, 18 seasons since Powell claimed its last county title under Mike Garofano – who left to become the…

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HERNANDO COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 11-06)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL  11-06: County Final @ Nature Coast Technical Powell 40, Challenger K-8 0 NOTES – Nightmare night for Navigators … Challenger was out-gained 365=145 …. Navigators lost turnover battle, 3-0, having a punt blocked and suffering two pick sixes for touchdowns …Powell’s Allen Ho collected three passes for 102 yards and two TDs, Jayden Skipper rushed 3 times for game-high 75 yards and scored once on a pass…

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 11-10)

(NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 11-06: MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Hernando County Athletic Conference Finals @ Nature Coast Technical No. 2 Challenger K-8 vs. No. 1 seed Powell, 6:30 p.m. 11-09: FHSAA Class 5A Region II Playoffs @ Nature Coast Technical Gainesville=Eastside vs. Nature Coast Technical, 7:30 p.m. @ Glen St Mary Hernando vs. Bakev County, 7L30  p.m. 11-10: CROSS COUNTRY Class 2A State Finals at Tallahassee’s Apalachee Regional…

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Navigators limp into county championship vs. Powell sans its best all-around player: Samuels

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Challenger’s No. 2 running back, Lovell, limited to defense By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The curtains come down in one of the most competitive middle school football seasons in memory at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Shark Tank Stadium. The 2018 Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference title will be decided between top-seeded and undefeated Powell Panthers (7-0) against the No. 2 seed Challenger Navigators (6-1). Ironically, over the…

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Déjà vu: Panthers fumble in final minute, Navigators cash in on 16-yard TD pass from Nowlan to Joyner for game winner, 21-14

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Challenger K-8’s two top backs – Samuels, Lovell – suffer hamstring injuries By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – The football gods must be looking down favorably upon Challenger K-8 skipper David Barrett. After winning three games by a combined nine points, the Navigators pulled another rabbit out of the hat Tuesday night at Booster Stadium. With 40 seconds remaining in a 14-14 game, Explorer’s Christian Hobbs…

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HERNANDO COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 10-30)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL 10-30: County Semifinals @ Nature Coast Technical Powell 33, Parrott 6 NOTES – Powell scored two touchdowns within the game’s initial 30 seconds to lead 14-0 and never looked back … Offensively, eighth-grader Allan Ho scored a pair of touchdown runs … Seventh-grader Jayden Skipper scored three times, two on TD pass receptions and another on a punt return …. Carlos Rodriguez also scored on a screen…

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Final Four arrives; Parrott vs. Powell at NCT, Explorer vs. Challenger K-8 at SHS

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Can new-look Leopards solve top-seeded Panthers? Bobcats, Navigators in rematch By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com In a season steeped in parity, the Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference Final Four football playoffs rev up Tuesday night at two venues. The two victors will meet next week for the winner-take-all county crown. At F.W, Springstead, the No. 3 seed Explorer Bobcats (3-3) tangle in a rematch against No. 2…

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HERNANDO COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 10-26)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL 10-26: @ Hernando Parrott wins by forfeit over no-show Winding Waters 10-24: @ Nature Coast Technical Challenger 48, Fox Chapel, 6 10-23: Powell – bye @ Central Parrott 22, West Hernando 18 NOTES – Leopards’ massive 6-foot-1, 285-pound Devin Williams rushed nine times for 88 yards and added a pair of touchdowns (28. 6 yards) and tackled West Hernando’s Breydhun Lawrence in the end zone for a…

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Parrott’s in, upsets loaded West Hernando out of playoff picture, 22-18

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Leopards solve Golden Eagles for the 15th straight time since 2006’s 20-6 loss By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com EROOKSVILLE – Ever heard the sports cliché, ‘Go big, or go home.’ Apparently, Parrott’s struggling football program took it to heart. In Tuesday night’s annual meeting between Parrott and West Hernando, the loser faced elimination from the Oct. 30 Final Four county playoffs. So, how did the 1-3 Leopards respond?…

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HERNANDO COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 10-23)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL 10-24 @ Nature Coast Technical Challenger vs. Fox Chapel, 6:30 p.m. 10-23 Powell – bue @ Central Parrott 22, West Hernando 18 NOTES – Leopards’ massive 6-foot-1, 285-pound Devin Williams rushed nine times for 88 yards and added a pair of touchdowns (28. 6 yards) and tackled West Hernando’s Breydhun Lawrence in the end zone for a safety while Anthony Talpa toted the football eight times for…

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West Hernando’s Lawrence fumbles at the 1-yard line in overtime, Powell holds on, 20-13

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Earlier in the day, Eagles announce forfeit to Fox Chapel on opening day By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com EROOKSVILLE – ’Twas a long, hot Tuesday for the West Hernando Golden Eagles football program. Earlier in the day, West Hernando announced it forfeited its season-opening 48-12 triumph over Fox Chapel. Between the lines, West Hernando won handedly, 48-12. But the Golden Eagles utilized an ineligible player during the game….

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HERNANDO COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 10-16)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL 10-16: Explorer K-8 – bye @ Central Powell 20, West Hernando 13 (OT) NOTES – Madden Buratczuk scored on a 5-yard quarterback keeper and Caiden Mellecker added the extra point on the first set of downs in overtime for Powell … On West Hernando’s first play in the Kansas tiebreaker from the Panthers’ 10-yard, Breydhum Lawrence, who had scored two second-half touchdowns, scooted around the right side…

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Buratczuk’s 1-yard sneak in overtime seals Panthers‘ come-from-behind thriller over Challenger, 13-7

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Navigators recover four fumbles, handcuff Panthers to 119 net offensive yards By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com EROOKSVILLE – After Challenger K-8 won two of its three victories by a combined three points – scoring one touchdown in the process – its good luck penchant ended Thursday night against Powell in overtime at Shark Tank Stadium, 13-7. In the battle of unbeatens, Challenger K-8 (3-1 overall) deserved a better…

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HERNANDO COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 10-11)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL 10-11: West Hernando – bye @ Nature Coast Technical Powell 13, Challenger K-8 7 (OT) NOTES – Powell’s backup quarterback Madden Buratczuk scored on third and goal from the 1-yard line in overtime to seal Powell’s come-from-behind win … In the first possession of overtime, Challenger placekicker Canyon Anderson misfired on fourth down with a 29-yard FG attempt.… @ Springstead Explorer K-8 28, Fox Chapel 0 10-02:…

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Great Escape -The Sequel: Navigators don’t score an offensive point, yet shock West Hernando, 2-0

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Challenger improves to 3-0 despite losing three turnovers, rushing 19 times for a minus-3 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com EROOKSVILLE – Ah, the Life of Riley. It’s an axiom for living a charmed life. Welcome to Challenger K-8’s skipper David Barrett’s world. Barrett’s Navigators set the season’s tone in Week 1 at Booster Stadium against Explorer K-8. How many times does any football team commit five turnovers in…

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HERNANDO COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 10-02)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL 10-02: Fox Chapel – bye @ Weeki Wachee Powell 28, Winding Waters 0 @ Hernando Explorer K-8 16, Parrott 8 NOTES – Explorer quarterback Roman Strat completed a pair of touchdowns passes – 25-yard and 45-yard strikes to TJ Hobbs – and connected on a two-point conversion pass to Murphy Anderson to pace the Bobcats’ first win of the season. @ Central Challenger K-8 2, West Hernando 0 NOTES…

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Hope floats: Powell’s Mellecker drills 21-yard FG with 11 ticks remaining dropping Explorer K-8 to 0-3, 15-14

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Bobcats waste Class’ 21 carries for game- high 127 yds., 2 TDs By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – In Year 11 of Explorer K-8 football, the Bobcats might have the most snake -bitten team in its short history dating back to 2008. Entering Tuesday’s third-round action against unbeaten Powell, the winless Bobcats opened the season by falling at the hands of 2017 Hernando County finalist, Challenger…

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HERNANDO COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 09-25)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL 09-25: Challenger – bye @ Springstead Powell 15, Explorer K-8 14 NOTES – Explorer sixth-grader P.J. Class rushed 20 times for a game-high 127 yards and scored two touchdowns (56, 1 yards) … Justin Gies buried the second of two point-afters to lead 14-12 with 3:37 left in the game … With 1:29 remaining, Class fumbled and Powell defensive lineman Anthony White recovered at the Explorer 25…

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Golden Eagles’ Lawrence buries Bobcats behind 215 rushing yards, four touchdowns, 28-17

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Though West Hernando climbs to 2-0 on young season, Explorer yields one first down By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – There are instances when stats defy logic. Take Tuesday night’s match-up between West Hernando and host Explorer K-8 at Booster Stadium, West Hernando out-gained the host Bobcats by a healthy 2-to-1 ratio, 256-128 yards. Yet the Golden Eagles managed only one first down, but still improved…

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HERNANDO COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 09-18)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL 09-18: Parrott – bye @ Springstead West Hernando 28, Explorer K-8 17 NOTES – Golden Eagles’ eighth-grader Breydhun Lawrence rushed 12 times for a game-high 215 yards and scored four touchdowns including three via rushes (27, 75, 76 yds.), one via a TD reception from 27 yards and he intercepted a pass … West Hernando led 22-0 before Bobcats won the second half, 17-6 … Explorer aimed…

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