BROOKSVILLE — Lecanto overwhelmed Central 26-13 with a strong offensive performance Friday night.
Lecanto amassed 354 yards of total offense compared to Central's 194.
Central got on the board first when Jamarcus Hayes intercepted a Lecanto pass and returned it to the 34-yard line.
The Bears converted off the turnover with a 2-yard rush by quarterback Cole Teater with 8:33 left in the first for a 7-0 lead.
Lecanto (2-1) tied the score on the ensuing drive when senior Kirk Osburn ran in for a 1-yard touchdown with 5:09 remaining in the first.
The Panthers took the lead with the 37 seconds to play in the half when Osburn scored his second touchdown from 14 yards out for a 13-7 lead.
In the second half, the Panthers continued to run strong as Barber ran many quarterback draws for quality yardage and Nile Waters scored on 9-yard rush with 35 seconds left in the third quarter for a 19-7 lead.
In the fourth, Waters — on a counter play ran it in for a 26-yard touchdown to give Lecanto a commanding lead at 26-7.
The Bears never quit as Teater scored for Central (1-2) on a 1-yard rush with 7:35 left. But the Bears couldn't muster anything more.