BROOKSVILLE — Central officially ended the least successful season in program history Friday night with a 42-0 loss to Sunlake.
The Bears (0-10) couldn't get on track over the course of the schedule because of injuries and moving parts offensively. Playing the playoff-bound Seahawks (8-1), not much was different.
"This was third straight game where we started the same quarterback-running back combination," Central coach Mike Einspahr said. "We saw some hard running out of (junior) Quadavis Battle and some good decisions from (freshman) Ryan Ross."
Ross has shown a lot of progress over the past five games. Though he lost a fumble that led to Seahawk points, he completed some good passes that got Central into the red zone in the first half for the first time in three games. Sunlake came out quickly with its high-powered attack, led by tailback Rashaud Daniels. Getting into space a few times, he was tough to bring down.
"(Sunlake coach) Bill (Browning) has done a great job with that program," Einspahr said. "It wasn't long ago that they were in the same spot we're in now, but if you get those kids into the weight room and instill some confidence, you can turn things around."
Derek J. LaRiviere, Times correspondent