After the opening drive of Hernando's game at South Sumter, it looked like the Leopards were ready to bounce back from their home loss last week.
That was before an avalanche of points was piled on by the Raiders, who strolled to a 55-28 win.
On the Leopards' (1-2) opening drive, they went 80 yards before running back Tyrail Hawkins capped it off with a 28-yard sprint for the touchdown.
South Sumter (2-1) answered with a solid drive, but the Raiders were about to be stopped by the Hernando defense when a third-and-long offside penalty kept the home offense moving. From there, South Sumter scored 35 unanswered points in the first half.
"We played a balanced and well-coached team," said Hernando assistant Tom Bronson, who again filled in for head coach John Palmer. "The real story is they made some big plays on special teams and moved the ball well on us."
Some halftime adjustments from helped the Leopards offense mount some scoring momentum, but it was too little too late.