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BROOKSVILLE — There was a definite difference in the buzz surrounding Central as the Bears hosted their preseason classic against Pinellas Park.
With cannons blasting, the team ran through a new inflatable tunnel as the crowd welcomed the players onto the field. Central went on to lose 35-7.
The junior varsity played the entire first quarter for Central yet it was scoreless going into the second.
On the first play for Central’s first-string offense, quarterback Josh Burkhart (6-for-14 for 90 yards; five carries, 26 yards, one touchdown) was intercepted by Marquise Samuel.
“It’s hard to get anything really clicking when you only get eight or nine varsity (offensive) plays in the whole first half,” first-year Central coach Mike Einspahr said, “Josh did some things too. He ran a nice little bootleg to get a first down.”
Samuel rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, caught a pass for 16 yards, and also picked off Burkhart again on the final play of the first half.
Central saw sparks on offense from key athletes as Jeremy Williams and DeAntre Jackson flashed some speed.
Derek J. LaRiviere, Times Correspondent