BROOKSVILLE — Entering his fourth season as coach at Central, Mike Einspahr wants results. The results he’s looking for didn’t come in Friday night’s 25-9 preseason loss to Williston at the Bears Den.
“I’m tired of talking after losses,” he said. “I feel like we can compete better than this.”
His Bears, playing without starting tailback Robbie Bradley for an undisclosed infraction, lost fumbles on two of their first three offensive plays, leading to 12 first quarter points from the visiting Red Devils.
Cole Teater, who battled injuries as the Central starter last season, is back under center. He showed flashes of brilliance, leading the offense on a 68-yard drive down to the Williston 7 in the third quarter with the Bears down 19-0.
The quarterback-center exchange in the shotgun system was the team’s undoing. In addition to two other fumbles, one lost, Central lost a fumble to end this drive inside the 10, the varsity unit’s best chance to score in the game.
“It’s a lack of focus,” Einspahr said. “If we can’t get a snap down, the rest is a moot point.”
Though he finished with only 4 yards on 15 carries, Teater was sacked three times. He also was plagued by drops from his receivers, passing 4-of-9 for 18 yards despite three dropped balls.
Highlighted by the presence of 2012 leading tackler Chris Hernandez, who had one of Central’s two sacks, the team recovered two fumbles and had another sack, while pressuring Williston quarterback Stephen Cochlin throughout the night.
The fourth quarter was played entirely by junior varsity players.