BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando Leopards played a competitive and physical football game against 11-time state champion Jacksonville Bolles, but it was not enough as Bolles held off the Leopards for a 35-22 victory.
“This was our first game, and we still need to iron out a lot of kinks,” Leopards coach Dwayne Mobley said. “Our defense played great, but our offense and special teams put us in bad position. We’ll be ready to play next week.”
Hernando (0-1), trailing at the half 28-13, played a great third quarter, limiting Bolles (1-0) to 22 total yards and cut the lead to 28-22. Junior quarterback Tyler Kline found a leaping Troy Grant for a 19-yard touchdown pass, and Jesse Gaudin sacked Bolles quarterback Joe Edden in the end zone for a safety.
But Bolles would seal it in the fourth off a blocked punt which resulted in a Dexter Carter Jr. 2-yard touchdown run to put Bolles up 35-22.
Carter had four total touchdowns, which included two rushing touchdowns, a 79-yard kickoff return and a 15-yard touchdown reception.
Senior Ra’shaad Hart had 90 yards rushing and a 13-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to pull within a point. The extra point was blocked leaving Bolles with a 14-13 lead.
Hernando struck the first blow in the game when Tyler Kline hit Derrell Holland for a 66-yard touchdown pass in the first for a 7-0 lead.