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Loss puts Pirates at pivotal point


© St. Petersburg Times, published November 1, 2000

Central (7-2) will travel to Crystal River on Friday night with hopes of handing the Pirates (7-1) their second loss.

Citrus is at Hernando in a battle of 4-4 teams, and Springstead (1-7) is at Lecanto (0-8).

CENTRAL-CRYSTAL RIVER: Crystal River enters the most important game of its season after suffering its first loss -- 34-20 last week to Belleview (6-2).

Belleview tailback Nick D'Andrea rushed for 139 yards on 23 carries, giving Crystal River itsfirst defeat since Nov. 5, 1999.

Fullback Tim Gehrsitz had100 yards on 18 carries as the Rattlers amassed 29 first downs. The Pirates had eight, three in the second half.

But Crystal River managed to stay close, pulling within 20-19 late in the third quarter after a 1-yard run by Nate Madison.

Belleview, however, responded with consecutive fourth-quarter touchdowns by Gehrsitz.

The Rattlers limited Madison, who was coming off a one-game suspension, to 49 yards on 15 carries. He entered the game as the North Sunocast's leading rusher with 912 yards and a 6.8 yard-per-carry average.

The loss wasted two huge scoring plays by Clayton Trenary. At defensive back, he reached the end zone in the first quarter on a 96-yard fumble recovery. He had a 90-yard kickoff return to open the second half.

CITRUS-HERNANDO: Citrus rushed to a 31-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 34-0 win over Lake Weir (1-7) last Friday night.

Four different players scored touchdowns, and Matt Davis kicked two field goals.

The Hurricanes outgained Lake Weir 169-20 in the first half. Lake Weir's longest gain, a 19-yard run, came on the final play of the second quarter.

Citrus finished with a 221-90 edge in total yards and had 11 first downs to five for Lake Weir, which was held scoreless for the sixth time.

Joe Calcagino led Citrus with 96 yards rushing and a a TD on 12 carries.

Citrus scored 24 points in the final 5:08 of the first half by capitalizing on two Lake Weir turnovers and recovering an onside kick.

In the first half, the Hurricanes 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.

SPRINGSTEAD-LECANTO: Like losing teams do, Lecanto failed to take advantage of opportunities it was given, fell behind, and didn't have enough talent to come back in a 33-22 loss to Dunnellon (5-4).

The Panthers fell behind 20-0, but scored just before halftime when quarterback Jeff Yearwood hit tight end Jake McClelland with a 5-yard TD pass.

On the opening kickoff of the second half, Lecanto pulled within six when when Jarvis Patterson scampered through the middle of the coverage for an 82-yard touchdown.

Though Lecanto forced Dunnellon to punt on its next possession, it didn't score another TD until the game was decided.

The Panthers mounted a 13-play, 95-yard scoring drive in the final minutes. Terrance Hollis (76 yards, TD) accounted for 60 yards on the drive, including a 1-yard touchdown run.

Yearwood didn't light up the scoreboard, but the junior showed determination. He completed 5 of 16 passes for 103 yards and a TD despite being harassed by the Dunnellon front seven all night.

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