Challenger starts rollin’ with Nowlan, 16-12

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Ex-guard-turned-quarterback clicks on 12-of-16 passing for 182 yards and one 1 TD By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – Maybe more football teams should scan its offensive line for its next signal caller. Challenger K-8’s search to replace last year’s starter ended along its O-line when skipper David Barrett converted former guard Brady Nowlan to quarterback this spring. Nowlan’s apprenticeship included a baptism under fire Wednesday night…

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Challenger K-8 returns to the top, solves favored West Hernando, 100.0-87.5

BOYS TRACK & FIELD Navigators earn first county crown since 2015 behind four champions By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – For the third time in three seasons, there was different Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference Boys Track & Field team champion crowned Wednesday at Springstead. Challenger K-8, which won back-to-back crowns in 2014-15, solved heavily-favored West Hernando, 100.0-87.5 points. The remainder of the seven-team field featured: Parrott (82.0),…

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Parrott halts Challenger‘s bid at seven-peat, 166.0-147.0

GIRLS TRACK & FIELD Leopards‘ White nabs three gold medals in 100m, 4×100, long jump By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – Challenger K-8’s six-year grip on the Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference’s Girls Track & Field Championship trophy ended Wednesday at Booster Stadium at F.W. Springstead. Parrott, which had captured each of its four regular season meets, finished its fifth meet unbeaten behind a stunning 166.0-147.0 nod over…

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Fagin’s 44-yard TD sprint enables Leopards to clip Challenger K-8, return to the top, 14-6

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL With 1.1 seconds left in first half, Parrott pitches to Fagin, who races the distance By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WEEKI WACHEE – It’s a fact, life is a game of inches. But so is football. The difference between winning and losing is miniscule. Such was the case in Tuesday night’s Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference Football title game between the unbeaten Parrott Leopards and the unbeaten…

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HERNANDO COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 11-07)

MIDDLE SCHOOL  11-07: @ Weeki Wachee (Championship) Parrott 14, Challenger K-8 6 @ Nature Coast Technical West Hernando 34, Powell 8 NOTE: Golden Eagles seventh-grade quarterback Breydhun Lawrence rushed 10 times for a game-high 243 yards and tallied four touchdowns … Lawrence finished the season with over1,000 rushing yards … Peyton Chancey added a 19-yard TD run … Adrion McPhadden and Christopher Tolbert each scored on two-point conversions … On…

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Golden Eagles swat Yellow Jackets behind Lawrence’s 272 yards, 4 TDs, 28-0

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL West Hernando wins third straight restricting Winding Waters to 98 yards By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – After opening the season with back-to-back losses to county heavyweights Challenger (12-47) and Parrott (6-30), the West Hernando Golden Eagles stretched its season-long win skein to three straight Monday night at the Bears’ Den. West Hernando (3-2) solidified its third-place grip in the Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference football…

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

  MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL  10-30: @ Springstead Explorer K-8 36, Fox Chapel 0 NOTE: Dominic Schreihart rushed for over 100 yards and chipped in two TD runs; Jaylon Williams added two TDs and David Rivera scored one touchdown. @ Hernando Parrott 44, Powell 0 NOTE: Leopards posted fourth straight shutout … Tae Tae Williams rushed for almost 100 yards, scored one rushing touchdown, threw a TD pass and added a…

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Leopards play mistake-free, rack up third straight whitewash, blanking Yellow Jackets, 20-0

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Parrott’s Burnett gains 98 yards, scores a pair of third-quarter touchdowns By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WEEKI WACHEE – It took a broken play to ignite Parrott in stiff arming Winding Waters’ upset bid Tuesday night at Weeki Wachee’s Hornets’ Nest. Under mild temperatures and welcoming clear blue skies above, the Leopards (4-0) restricted the defensive-minded Winding Waters Yellow Jackets (1-3) to a pair of first downs and…

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HERNANDO COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 10-24)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL 10-24: @ Weeki Wachee Parrott 20, Winding Waters 0 @ Nature Coast Technical Challenger K-8 50, Powell 12 NOTE: Owen Andress tallied six touchdowns for the Navigators. @ Central West Hernando 22, Explorer K-8 0 NOTE: For the Eagles, D’Shaun Brown scored from 30 yards and Adrion McFadden added a 12-yard TD blast … Three WHMS touchdowns were called back due to penalties. 10-18: @ Weeki Wachee Parrott 36,…

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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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