The speedy Wildcats run Citrus into its sixth consecutive loss.
By FRANK PASTOR
© St. Petersburg Times,
published November 3, 2001
INVERNESS -- Citrus pulled out all the stops for Friday night's homecoming game against Ocala Forest.
The announcement of the homecoming queen was saved for halftime. The postgame show featured the marching band, Roman columns and students wearing tunics.
Most telling, Citrus attempted five fourth-down plays (converting three) and two onside kicks (converting one).
But all of it wasn't enough for the Hurricanes to upset the once-beaten Wildcats. Forest used its speed advantage to rush for 280 yards and four touchdowns in a 29-7 victory.
"When you don't have the team speed to match up with somebody like that, you try to use that speed against them," Citrus coach Larry Bishop said.
"So the fake stuff and the misdirection, you almost have to resort to that," he said.
The loss was the sixth consecutive for the Hurricanes, who finished with a 1-8 record.
Jarvis Davis rushed for 117 yards and touchdowns of 35 and 11 yards for playoff-bound Forest (9-1). Matt Fabian had 64 yards, including a 40-yard score, and Adrian Smith added 52 yards and a 13-yard touchdown.
Citrus got its lone touchdown on a fake field goal in the fourth quarter.
Facing a fourth-and-5 play from the Forest 10, holder Isaiah Webb rolled to his right and fired a strike to Mike Autenreith in the corner of the end zone.
Citrus quarterback Casey Snyder completed 9 of 17 passes for 111 yards despite sustaining a stinger in the third quarter.
The victory was costly for the Wildcats.
After losing starting quarterback Beau Yancey to a dislocated shoulder in last week's 16-14 loss to Vanguard, Forest lost backup Ronnie Donnell to a foot injury. Junior varsity quarterback Kyle Yancey replaced him.
Coach Wayne Yancey hopes Donnell returns for next week's playoff game against Land O'Lakes.
"It puts us in a situation we haven't been in all year -- without a quarterback with a lot of experience," Yancey said.
"We're a little concerned about that, but we'll work our way through it."