Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Football: Gainesville 17, Springstead 7

SPRING HILL — Springstead thought its Class 4A, District 5 showdown with Gainesville on Friday night would decide its postseason fate.

Despite losing to the Hurricanes 17-7, the Eagles showed signs of life and the kind of punch that could yet give them a shot at the playoffs.

Springstead (4-5) held steady on defense, surrendering only one touchdown in each of the first two quarters. The Hurricanes (7-2) came out with a five-receiver passing formation, but a combination of good pressure on quarterback Ryan McGriff (10-for-21, 176 yards, one touchdown) and solid coverage slowed down the game.

"Our kids have gotten older and more experienced," Springstead coach Bill Vonada said. "We were able to get a little more pressure on the quarterback in this game."

On the offensive side the Eagles were fully comfortable in their game plan. The ball control style of play fit what Vonada likes to do, and tailback Devean Huff (36 carries, 138 yards, three catches, 25 yards) took full advantage in the workhorse role. He proved to be back to game-speed after a lingering ankle injury from earlier in the season.

"I thought I played all right out there," Huff said. "That was a college-sized defense we played tonight."

As time wound down Springstead found itself behind by 10. The team was unable shift gears to make the kind of big plays needed to get back into it. Part of the reason for this disadvantage was an injury to quarterback Brian Beeker.

Beeker scored the team's lone touchdown on a trick play in the third quarter on a 19-yard pass from Tyler Mahla.

Football: Gainesville 17, Springstead 7 10/29/10 [Last modified: Friday, October 29, 2010 11:30pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. For starters: Rays at Twins, looking for another with Odorizzi starting

    Blogs

    The Rays are looking to keep rolling when they make a quick turnaround after Friday's win over the Twins and are back on the field for a matinee today, 2:10 first pitch Tampa Bay time.

    RHP Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays, coming off a good but not great start against the Angels, though buoyed …

  2. Why the Lightning would consider trading Jonathan Drouin

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — This summer, the Lightning could trade one of its most dynamic young players ever.

    Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin (27) celebrates with his team on the bench after beating Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33) to score his second goal of the period and to tie the score at 4 to 4 during second period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Monday evening (03/27/17).
  3. Why the Lightning should keep Jonathan Drouin

    Lightning Strikes

    Keep him.

    Jonathan Drouin is live bait. The Lightning is ready to run the hook through him and cast him out there again. Drouin has enough talent for the Lightning to meet some defensive needs in a deal.

    Keep him.

    Lightning wing Jonathan Drouin celebrates after beating Los Angeles Kings goalie Peter Budaj during the first period of Tuesday's win in Tampa. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  4. This Tampa Bay Lightning wing rides the newest wave of fan interaction

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — There are photos of Lightning fan Shaun Egger as a toddler at center ice at the then-Thunderome, aka Tropicana Field. He's played in the Lightning's high school hockey league for Palm Harbor University. But his closest personal encounter with players had been waving through a crowd after a training camp …

    Tampa Bay Lightning player J.T. Brown wears his anti UV glasses as he talks over the headset with a hockey fan while they play against each other on line in an XBOX NHL video game in Brown's game room at his home in south Tampa. The fan chose to be the Washington Capitals and Brown, of course, was the Tampa Bay Lightning. Brown interacts with fans through video game systems as he streams the games live on Twitch with plans for the proceeds to go to charity.
  5. ‘Biggest fight' behind her, Petra Kvitova returns ahead of schedule

    Tennis

    PARIS — Five months after a home invader's knife sliced into her left hand, Petra Kvitova will return to competitive tennis at the French Open, a last-minute decision to make her comeback earlier than expected.

    Petra Kvitova adjusts her hair during a news conference at Roland Garros Stadium, where she will make her tennis return at the French Open. Kvitova's left hand was badly injured by a knife-wielding intruder in December; she has recovered ahead of schedule. [Associated Press]