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Heroes and happenings

By CAREY FREEMAN and KEITH NIEBUHR

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 29, 2000


NOSES FOR THE BALL In the first half of its 34-0 win against Lake Weir, Citrus forced and recovered three fumbles and recovered two onside kicks.

The first turnover failed to lead to any points as did the first kick recovery.

The two other turnovers and final kick recovery led to three Citrus touchdowns.

"It's been like this all year," Lake Weir coach Duke Schneider said. "We played good on defense in the first quarter, but after that it was turnover city."

LIKE CLOCKWORK Friday night's game marked the second time that a Citrus opponent has requested a running clock.

Lecanto, which Citrus beat 37-6 in September, also asked for one.

NOTABLE Lake Weir was blanked for the sixth time in eight games.

The Hurricanes have been outscored 296-33.

Next up for Lake Weir (1-7) is a game against state-ranked and defending Class 3A runner-up Suwannee.

FINISHING STRONG Lecanto may not have gotten the final result it wanted in Friday's 33-22 loss to Dunnellon, but the Panthers can take solace in the fact they finished strong. Though the game was well out of reach, the Panthers mounted a 13-play, 95-yard scoring drive in the final minutes.

Terrence Hollis (76 yards, TD) accounted for 60 yards on the drive, including a 1-yard touchdown run.

QUARTERBACK HERO Jeff Yearwood may not have lit up the scoreboard for the Panthers, but one had to be impressed with the junior's toughness and determination. Yearwood completed 5 of 16 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown despite being harassed by the Dunnellon front seven all night. Yearwood was finally knocked from the game when he injured his left leg trying to make a tackle after throwing his only interception of the night.

Backup Phil Reed filled in at the end and led the Panthers on their final drive and finished the game 2-of-6 for 30 yards and an interception.

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