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Football: Land O'Lakes 34, Springstead 15

SPRING HILL — Three weeks into the season, Springstead can't be happy with the scheduling gods.

The talented Eagles still don't have a win after Friday night's 34-15 loss to Land O'Lakes at Booster Stadium.

Springstead (0-3) has opened its 2010 season with games against some of the best programs in the area, losing to Hernando, Nature Coast and, now, the Gators (2-0).

After falling behind 28-7 at the half, the Eagles slowed the Lakes O'Lakes offense, led by quarterback Stevie Weatherford (15-for-25, 218 yards, four touchdowns, three interceptions). The USF commitment threw for more than 150 yards and three touchdowns in the first half before Springstead made an adjustment.

"(Springstead is) a better team than I thought they were," Weatherford said. "We played some undisciplined football tonight, which is unlike us, but they took advantage."

The adjustments didn't just come on offense. After pounding the ball early with the rushing attack, the Eagles went to the air in the second half and the more balanced offense allowed them control time of possession.

However, senior quarterback Brian Beeker (10-for-20, 152 yards, one touchdown, three interceptions) turned the ball over too many times in the red zone for Springstead to threaten seriously. Wide receiver Taylor Minter (six catches, 139 yards, one touchdown) was his top target all night.

"It was hard to estimate how good they were," Land O'Lakes coach Matt Kitchie said. "(Springstead is) so darn well-coached and they really showed it."

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Football: Land O'Lakes 34, Springstead 15 09/17/10 [Last modified: Friday, September 17, 2010 11:57pm]
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