S. Sumter rolls over Citrus

By Special to the Times
Published September 23, 2006

INVERNESS - South Sumter defeated Citrus 48-9.

The Raiders (4-1) executed every facet of their offense, putting up 688 total yards over the Hurricanes (2-3), rushing for 323 yards and passing for 365.

Heading the rushing attack, senior running back Richard Kelly dominated the Citrus defense throughout the night, rushing for 113 yards on 12 carries with two touchdowns from more than 50 yards.

"We gave up too many big plays," said Citrus coach Rik Haines.

Sophomore quarterback Denzel Smith anchored the passing game by completing 6-of-17 passes for 365 yards, throwing three touchdowns to senior tight end Dravious Rice.

Citrus would have a chance to put a dent in its deficit, trailing 14-9 midway through the second quarter. Sophomore quarterback Bradley Paul completed a 66-yard pass to Craig Usher, putting the Hurricanes at the 6-yard line. Three short runs moved the chains only 1 yard, and Brian Tobin's field goal attempt was blocked.