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Friday Night Rewind

By Times Staff
Published September 10, 2006


Friday night rewind

SCORES

Central 46, Crystal River 0

Lake Weir 22, Hernando 17

Nature Coast 15, The Villages 14

Springstead 28, Hudson 8

Hernando Christian 10, Eastland Christian 0

Leesburg 33, Lecanto 3

Gulf 23, Citrus 12

QUOTABLES

"How do you pick out one between three or four 60-yard runs?"

- CLIFF LOHREY, Central coach, on which one of DuJuan Harris' five touchdown runs he liked best.

"I'm not going to comment on that."

- MATT SMITH, Hernando coach, on a questionable pass-interference penalty called on cornerback Bradly Hill after he broke up a pass on fourth down.

"We won't hit our full stride if we start taking it easy now"

- BILL VONADA, Springstead coach, warning the Eagles about becoming lax after a good performance.

"It equalized this a lot. If they had been at full strength, it would have been rough."

- JAY FULMER, Gulf coach, on Citrus star back Antoin Scriven being out with an ankle injury.

GAME BALLS

DUJUAN HARRIS, Central: He carried 23 times for 363 yards and scored five touchdowns - including one of 89 yards and one of 90. You think he might send this game tape to some college coaches?

robert smith, HERNANDO: He followed up a 184-yard effort in the season opener with 108 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.

JOSH ORTIZ, NATURE COAST: Ortiz followed up last week's stellar performance with another noteworthy game. He scored both Sharks' touchdowns: a 26-yard interception return and one on the ground where he rushed 22 times for 121 yards.

JASON HAYNES, SPRINGSTEAD: He had five catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns: a 76-yard stunner and a 14-yard fade. The Eagles isolated him and he came through.

NATE SCHAFER: The Eagles linebacker was all over the field, stuffing the run when it counted and disrupting pass plays.

DEREK PAQUETTE, CITRUS: With Antoin Scriven sidelined, Paquette stepped up, playing almost every down. He blocked an extra point, intercepted a pass and scored Citrus' lone touchdown on a 69-yard catch from Cameron West.

 

OBSERVATIONS

SHAKING HANDS: Why did Central's unwillingness to shake hands with Crystal River become such a big deal? Bears coach Cliff Lohrey didn't want to risk fights between the teams, who had just been hit with a slew of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. It was a mere minute after the final whistle, and if tempers had flared - a distinct possibility - parents would have been wondering why the teams met at midfield without their helmets on.

TALE OF THE TAPE: Lake Weir coach Mark Hinterthan said he was upset that Hernando coach Matt Smith did not trade tape with him during the week. Hinterthan said he twice attempted to call Smith to arrange the exchange. Smith said he never received the messages.

"Whatever," Smith said. "He can be mad if he wants."

a missed opportunity: After Robert Smith fumbled on his 5-yard line with 30 seconds left in the half, a number of people in the home stands at Hernando could be heard wondering why coach Matt Smith didn't just call a kneel-down. But the play began on the Leopards 2-yard line, which Smith said would have made it difficult for quarterback Jason Davies to drop back and take a knee without ending up in the end zone.

Hindsight, the coach said, is 20/20: "Look at it now and I'd (rather have) run it out of the back of the end zone (than fumble)."

STAYING STINGY: Springstead's defense does a lot of budging - as evidenced by Hudson fullback Jake McFadden's 149 yards - but they're no pushovers. Three weeks and just 32 points. And Hudson's eight came late in the fourth quarter with a lot of Eagles reserves in. Vonada said the team's hallmark is its defense. It's showing.

DEFENDING THE ZONE: Last year Gulf racked up 585 yards of offense, this year the Bucs didn't top 250, thanks to Citrus' much improved defense. The 'Canes intercepted three of Alton Voss' passes, blocked an extra point, stopped an attempted conversion run and recovered a Gulf fumble inside Citrus' red zone.

 

- DAVID MURPHY, DAWN REISS, BRIAN SUMERS, VINCE THOMAS, Times staff writers

[Last modified September 10, 2006, 09:23:38]


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