Spring football: Springstead 30, Weeki Wachee 7



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Fri. May 25, 2012 | Derek J. LaRiviere

At Springstead
Springstead 30, Weeki Wachee 7

Spring game-breakers: Springstead QB Tyler Mahla, a rising junior, broke some major trends for the Eagles by doing some heavy lifting with the passing attack. In his two quarters of play, Mahla went 11-of-12 for 135 yards and a touchdown, hitting six receivers. He also ran for 38 yards on four carries, including a 19-yard touchdown to start the scoring. … Once again, it was the defense that did the most for Springstead, with linebackers Luke McLeod and Matt Staten standing out. McLeod, a rising senior, intercepted Weeki Wachee QB David Tinch in the first half and sacked the signal caller in the second half. Staten, starting for the injured Cody Ross, sacked Tinch twice. Weeki Wachee had minus-2 yards of offense two minutes into the fourth quarter before gaining 90 the rest of the way. … Running backs Jon King and Marcus Allen were bright spots for the Hornets. King, a rising junior, had kick returns of 69, 29 and 26 yards. Although it was only a spring exhibition, Allen, a rising sophomore, scored the first touchdown in varsity competition for Weeki Wachee when he caught a 26-yard pass from Tinch in the end zone. He finished with five catches for 60 yards.

Did you know? Ross, a rising sophomore who led Springstead with 49 tackles and one interception as a freshman, did not suit up due to a left knee injury. … Mahla has grown 2 inches and added 20 pounds since last season. … Mahla has played only one game in his career statistically better than the half he played Friday. Against Mitchell last season, he went 12-of-19 for 152 yards and a touchdown.

Audible: “It helps that every day in practice he goes against a great defense. He also has Joey (Jeffords) pushing him with his play as well.” — Springstead coach Bill Vonada on Mahla’s progress as the leader of the offense


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