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Eagles vanquish weary Pirates

Crystal River can't find the answer to Springstead's running game, falling 34-10.

STEVE WATERS
Published October 9, 2004

SPRING HILL - Crystal River put up a good fight in the first half, but couldn't keep up with Springstead's running game, losing 34-10 Friday night.

Springstead passed just four times, all incomplete, and kept the ball on the ground and the clock running throughout the game.

As a team, the Eagles ran 36 times for 343 yards.

The Eagles were led by senior Tim Dow's 163 yards and two touchdowns. Dow credited his offensive line.

"It feels great. The O-line did their thing, they set it up and I just ran the ball, did what I was supposed to do," he said.

Springstead coach George Bennett knew Dow and the offensive line would be essential in an Eagles victory.

"Dow's a workhorse for us." Bennett said. "Tim did a great job running hard, breaking some tackles, and he had some nice holes in the interior of our offensive line.

"Crystal River gave us a couple of different looks up front, but our line made the adjustments right on the line of scrimmage. I thought that was crucial."

The Pirates had more balance in their offense, with quarterback Kyle Daquanna throwing for 117 yards and the eight players combining for 146 yards rushing.

Playing three times in eight days was difficult for the Pirates, said coach Craig Frederick, and led to their struggles in the second half.

But Crystal River hung on the first two quarters, down 13-10 at halftime. The Eagles got going in the second half, scoring three touchdowns.

Springstead remains undefeated at 5-0. Crystal River fell to 1-4.

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