Parrott survives sloppy, turnover-filled effort, trims Explorer, 36-0

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL On a dry field at WWHS, teams combine for six lost fumbles, two INTs By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WEEKI WACHEE – A year ago, Dominic Rodriguez ran wild for Explorer K-8 as the Bobcats upset Parrott at Hernando High’s Tom Fisher Memorial Stadium, 24-16. In Wednesday’s rescheduled game between both squads at the Hornets’ Nest, a bum ankle reduced the sturdy 5-foot-9, 205-pound Rodriguez to defense only….

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HERNANDO COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 10-18)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL 10-18: @ Weeki Wachee Parrott 36, Explorer K-8 0 10-17: Powell – bye @ Central West Hernando 40, Fox Chapel 6 @ Weeki Wachee Challenger K-8 7, Winding Waters 6 NOTE: Challenger running back Owen Andress rushed for a touchdown and booted what turned out to the be winning point-after before WW scored and misfired on a two-point conversion. 10-10: West Hernando – bye @ Springstead Challenger…

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HERNANDO COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 10-17)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL 10-18: @ Weeki Wachee Parrott vs. Explorer K-8 at Weeki Wachee, 6:30 p.m. 10-17: Powell – bye @ Central West Hernando 40, Fox Chapel 6 @ Weeki Wachee Challenger K-8 7, Winding Waters 6 NOTE: Challenger running back Owen Andress rushed for a touchdown and booted what turned out to the be winning point-after before WW scored and misfired on a two-point conversion. 10-10: West Hernando –…

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In battle for first place, Navigators cage Bobcats for the fourth straight season, 32-8

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Challenger tailback Owen Andress adds 8th, 9th, 10th TDs; defense yields 2 first downs By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – Save for a brilliant fake punt run for 66 yards on the final play of the third quarter by David Rivera, the host Explorer K-8 Bobcats were stymied Tuesday night Booster Stadium by the swarming and tenacious Challenger K-8 defense. On a night where the Bobcats…

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

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL 10-10: West Hernando – bye @ Springstead Challenger K-8 32, Explorer K-8 8 @ Weeki Wachee Winding Waters 26, Powell 20 @ Central Parrott 54, Fox Chapel 0 NOTE: Parrott’s Gabe Tafelski and Jordan Williams each returned interceptions for touchdowns … Williams added three receptions for over 80 yards and one other score … The shutout was Fox Chapel’s 11th in a row dating back to 2015….

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Andress continues roll, so do Navigators blanking Tigers, 35-0

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Challenger tailback Owen Andress adds his sixth, seventh touchdowns, 5 more PATS By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – After a spectacular season-opening debut last week by Challenger K-8’s eighth-grade tailback Owen Andress with five touchdowns (a sixth was called back on a penalty) against West Hernando, he maintained the intensity on Tuesday night at Booster Stadium. Against host Fox Chapel at Springstead High, Andress rushed 10…

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HERNANDO COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 10-03)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL 10-03: Winding Waters – bye @ Springstead Challenger K-8 35, Fox Chapel 0 @ Nature Coast Technical Explorer K-8 20, Powell 6 @ Hernando High Parrott 30, West Hernando 6 NOTE: Parrott QB Tae Tae Williams rushed for almost 100 yards and scored once and completed two passes. 09-26: Parrott – bye @ Weeki Wachee Explorer K-8 6, Winding Waters 0 @ Central Powell 20, Fox Chapel…

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 10-07)

SPORTS CALENDAR (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 10-02: VOLLEYBALL Central at Weeki Wachee, 6:30 p.m. Ocala-Meadowbrook at HCA, 7 p.m. BOYS GOLF HCA vs. Lecanto-Seven Rivers Christian at Homosassa’s Southern Woods 4 p.m. 10-03: FOOTBALL Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical at Brooksville-Central, 7 p.m. MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Winding Waters- bye. West Hernando vs. Parrott at Hernando High, 6:30 p.m. Challenger K-8 vs. Fox Chapel at Springstead, 6:30 p.m. Explorer…

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HERNANDO COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 09-26)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL 09-26: Parrott – bye Explorer K-8 6, Winding Waters 0 Powell 20, Fox Chapel 0 Challenger K-8 47, West Hernando 12 NOTE: Challenger’s Owen Andress scored five touchdowns vs. WHMS including four TD runs and snaring one pass from Tre Joyner. He had another potential TD run called back on a penalty. 2017 Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference Football Standings (thru 10-02) – Compiled by TONY…

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Jackets can’t seal the deal, Explorers escape behind Rodriguez’s 6-yard TD run, 6-0

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Winding Waters’ fourth-down pass into the end zone with 22 seconds left, falls incomplete By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WEEKI WACHEE – If you’re a fan of defense and penalties, then Tuesday night’s Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference season-opener at Weeki Wachee’s Hornets Nest was the place to be. Though host Winding Waters restricted Explorer K-8 to a one first down in each half and a total…

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 09-30)

SPORTS CALENDAR (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 09-25: VOLLEYBALL Central at Lecanto, 6:30 p.m. Clearwater-Lakeside Christian at HCA, 6:15 p.m. 09-26: MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Parrott – bye. West Hernando vs. Challenger K-8 at Nature Coast Technical High School, 6:30 p.m. Explorer K-8 at Winding Waters at Weeki Wachee High School, 6:30 p.m. Powell vs. Fox Chapel at Central High School, 6:30 p.m. VOLLEYBALL NCT vs. Central at…

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Yellow Jackets pull stunner, claim first-ever county championship

BOYS TRACK & FIELD Winding Waters secures 99 points to edge runner-up Powell by 20 BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WEEKI WACHEE – In 2016, Explorer K-8 turned heads with its first-ever Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference Boys Track & Field Championship at Weeki Wachee High School. A year later, its was host Winding Waters’ turn to hoist the meet’s tallest trophy. The Yellow Jackets won with an impressive 99…

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Kanaar reaps three gold medals again pacing Challenger K-8’s county six-peat

GIRLS TRACK & FIELD Navigators top runner-up Panthers by 32½ points BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WEEKI WACHEE – In Thursday’s four-hour Hernando County Middle School Girls Athletic Conference Track & Field at Weeki Wachee High School, Challenger K-8 once again dominated the local scene. The Navigators earned first-place gold medals in eight of the 12 contested events at the Hornets’ Nest to claim its sixth straight county crown, defeating runner-up…

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Navigators have no solution for Hall’s 13 points, dropping title game to Powell, 31-12

MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL Quick Powell defense forces Challenger into 20 turnovers, 14% shooting BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – Basketball is difficult enough. But imagine shooting 14 percent for the game – clanking 25-of-29 field goal attempts – like second-seeded Challenger K-8 (8-2 overall) did Monday night at Powell in the finals of the Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference Tournament. Now compound matters by turning the ball over a…

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Leopards’ hex continues over Navigators spoiling unbeaten county run, 30-7

  MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Parrott’s Edwards tallies twice, as ’Gators fall to Leopards for the 16th straight time BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com In 2016, Challenger K-8 will have to suffice in garnering its first Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference title. The Navigators earned its initial county title by default last week when Winding Waters upset short-handed Powell at Weeki Wachee’s Hornets’ Nest, 28-14. With the upset, Powell suffered its…

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All-Time Hernando County Middle School Football Champions (2000-16/17 Seasons)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL All-Time Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference Football Champions (2000-16/17 Seasons) – Compiled by TONY CASTRO YEAR SCHOOL W L .PCT COACH 2000 Powell 3 0 1.000 Garofano, Mike 2001 Fox Chapel 2 1 .667 Isles, Troy 2001 Parrott 2 1 .667 Mobley, Dwayne 2002 West Hernando 3 0 1.000 Martinez, Benny 2003 Parrott 3 0 1.000 Mobley, Dwayne 2004 Parrott 3 0 1.000 Mobley, Dwayne 2005…

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HERNANDO COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 11-02)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 11-01: Parrott 30, Challenger K-8 7 10-26: Winding Waters K-8 28, Powell 14 10-25: Challenger K-8 40, West Hernando 6 Explorer K-8 22, Fox Chapel 0 Bushnell-South Sumter 44, Parrott 6 10-18: South Sumter 44, West Hernando 0 Challenger K-8 13, Powell 6 Explorer K-8 28, Winding Waters K-8 12 Parrott 46, Fox Chapel 0 10-12: Powell – bye Parrott 56, West…

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HERNANDO COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 11-01)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL 10-26: Winding Waters K-8 28, Powell 14 10-25: Challenger K-8 40, West Hernando 6 Explorer K-8 22, Fox Chapel 0 (non-conference) Bushnell-South Sumter 44, Parrott 6 10-18: (non-conference) South Sumter 44, West Hernando 0 Challenger K-8 13, Powell 6 Explorer K-8 28, Winding Waters K-8 12 Parrott 46, Fox Chapel 0 10-12: Powell – bye Parrott 56, West Hernando 0 Challenger K-8 36, Explorer K-8 20 Winding…

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Bigger is better: Jacket receiver latches on to two TD passes as Winding Waters stuns Powell, 28-14

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Sans three starters, Panthers drop third series tilt against Winding Waters BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WEEKI WACHEE – Two long-time adages rang true Wednesday evening at the Hornets’ Nest: football can be cruel and bigger is better. A week ago, a dropped pass in the end zone by a Powell receiver against Challenger K-8 might have been the final straw in the Navigators’ upset over the previously…

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