SPRING HILL — One look at Central's schedule, and it's no secret there are only a few chances left for it to break into the win column.
Friday night was one of those opportunities, but the Bears will have to wait for another week as Springstead fended it off to win at Booster Stadium.
Springstead (2-3, 1-2 Class 6A, District 6) was threatened early after a long drive by the visiting Bears (0-6, 0-2).
A lost fumble turned the tide, and Eagle quarterback Tyler Mahla took advantage by scurrying 66 yards for a touchdown on the following drive.
Central brought back a couple of key injured players in hopes of competing with their county rivals. Andrew Arevalo, the senior leader, had been out, but played well in his return.
It was freshman Ryan Ross, who came into the contest with negative yardage rushing, who received that majority of the carries and had a solid performance going before getting injured in the second half.
Ross scored the first offensive touchdown for the Bears since Week 1 against Crystal River, when Arevalo scored twice on the ground.
The Bears' losing streak now stands at eight dating to last season.
Derek J. LaRiviere, Times correspondent