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Varsity competition has not been a good experience so far for Weeki Wachee in exhibition play.
After losing their spring game 30-7 to Springstead, the Hornets fell 59-12 to Crystal River in their preseason classic Thursday night.
“We shot ourselves in the foot so many times,” coach Mark Lee said. “We’re not a fast team, and that was exposed (tonight).”
Weeki Wachee was down 30-0 at the half before breaking through for a touchdown in the third quarter and another in the fourth. The Hornets won the penalty and turnover battles, but an inability to contain Crystal River’s speed caught up with them.
While defensive leader Andrew Vreeland, a junior linebacker, was held out with a hip injury, there was a lack of resistance from the front seven against the Pirates. Hornets quarterback David Tinch, who has started for the program the past two seasons, showed glimpses of why coaches have so much faith in him, but he was under pressure most of the night and wasn’t given much help from his receiving corps, which dropped six passes.