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Fumble sends Eagles to first defeat

The defense shines, but Orlando capitalizes on an offensive miscue.

By BRANT JAMES, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 4, 2003

Shawn Bingham asked his defense for a shutout, and he got it.

Unfortunately for the Hernando Eagles coach, his offense surrendered the game's only touchdown in a 6-3 loss Saturday to the host Orlando Starz in the minor league Southern States Football League. The Starz (1-1) scored the eventual game-winner midway through the second quarter when wide receiver Fred Scrivens fumbled on a reverse at the Eagles' 6 and Orlando recovered in the end zone.

"As soon as he received the ball, he was hit," Bingham said. "There was nothing we could do about that."

Bingham said Hernando (1-1), which opened the season with a 29-24 win over the Florida Titans, was superior to the Starz. Mistakes, he said, cost his squad.

"That team should never have been on the field with us," he said. "The kids saw that.

"(Hernando) came out flat. They were flat in practice all week," Bingham said. "It was good to have a win (in Week 1), but that's in the past and you can't dwell on it. If you do, they will embarrass you, and that's what happened."

The second-year Eagles committed two turnovers against Orlando after producing five against Florida.

The team, Bingham said, will commit to basics this week before playing host to fellow National Conference opponent Leesburg (1-0) at 7 p.m. Saturday at Hernando High.

"We'll be working on basics and protecting the ball," he said. "No matter what league you're in -- (Hernando Youth League), high school, middle school, college or pro -- you have to work on the fundamentals."

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