INVERNESS — Citrus used a power running game, and the Hurricanes’ physical and fast defense forced four Hernando turnovers en route to a 26-6 victory Friday night.
Citrus used a variety of backs in rushing 43 times for 215 yards.
“We held them in the first half, and I thought we had the interception on the touchdown pass, then seen him walk in the end zone,” Leopards coach Dwayne Mobley said.
“In the second half, we came out with penalties, interceptions, and fumbles. We’re not going to beat nobody turning the ball over like that.”
Citrus (3-0) broke it open in the second half, scoring 20 points for a 26-0 lead. A botched Leopard pitch recovered by Citrus defensive lineman Jesse Vineyard led to a ’Canes’ touchdown when Javian Clark took it right up the middle for a 5-yard touchdown rush.
Desmond Franklin added a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown for a 19-0 Citrus lead at the end of the third. The Leopards’ (0-2) only score of the night came with 5:02 left in the fourth quarter when senior Ra’shaad Hart found Troy Grant Hambrick for a 19-yard touchdown pass.
The only points scored in the first half came when Citrus quarterback Deion Moore heaved a 44-yard touchdown strike to Desmond Franklin which was almost intercepted.
Hart led the Leopards with 105 yards on 15 carries.