BROOKSVILLE — Central and Weeki Wachee had a combined record of 1-9 coming into Friday night's game, but both team competed hard with the Hornets eking out the 21-20 victory.
"It was a big win. We lost the last four weeks, and we needed a spark," Hornets coach Mark Lee said. "I was happy, and we'll continue to build."
With Weeki Wachee (2-4, 1-2) up 21-7, the Bears (0-6, 0-3) mounted a comeback right out of the gate in the third quarter.
Senior running back Robbie Bradley (26 carries, 224 yards) sprinted down the left sideline for a 71-yard touchdown. Bradley added another touchdown on the Bears' next possession on a 13-yard dash to bring Central within a point. But Bradley missed the extra point to leave the Hornets up by one point with 1:22 remaining in the third.
Weeki Wachee had a chance to build on the lead in the fourth, but penalties and a fumble at the Central 20 cost the Hornets. The Bears got another chance, but defensive lineman Emmanuel Cius sacked Cole Teater for a 9-yard loss, and Teater's pass fell incomplete on fourth down as the Hornets sealed the deal.
Marcus Allen had 211 yards passing, while connecting for three first-half touchdown passes of 50, 55 and 60 yards. Two of the touchdowns were scored by senior receiver Tyler Wiley, including one 10 seconds before the half.
"We need to keep the momentum and keep doing what we should do," Allen said.
"We gave up big plays, and that was the difference in the game," Central coach Mike Einspahr said.
Joseph Kornecki III, Times correspondent