This was not how Mike Garofano pictured the first game of his head coaching career going.
Springstead took its season-opening trip up to Citrus on Friday night and walked away with a 42-14 loss.
Citrus (1-0) jumped out to a 42-0 lead by the fourth quarter. Springstead was able to break through for a couple of touchdowns before the game ended when Tyler Mahla ran in from 4 yards out with just under five minutes left. Senior tailback Kevin Bedford, returning after a season away from the team, scored his first touchdown since his sophomore campaign on a 1-yard plunge with just over three minutes remaining.
Mahla, one of the more experienced signal callers in the area, was hampered by the athletic Hurricane defense. He also threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown by Citrus’s James Pouncey just before halftime. He was also hit with a safety to make it 35-0 after being called for intentional grounding his own end zone in the third quarter.