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Hernando 55, Central 6

BROOKSVILLE — Central had beaten Hernando in two of the past three rivalry games between the programs.

Memo to the Bears: These aren't the same Leopards.

Led by what seemed like an unstoppable rushing attack, Hernando went into Bear Den Stadium on Friday night and knocked off Central 55-6.

Hernando (7-3, 5-2) narrowly missed a postseason berth this season with a tiebreaker loss Monday night, and the Leopards seemed to take out the frustration from that disappointment on their cross-county rivals.

The Leopards amassed 295 yards rushing in the first half alone and went into the locker room up 35-6.

Alvin Delaine, who set a Hernando County record with 28 total touchdowns this season, finished the game with a school-record 329 yards and four touchdowns on only 23 carries.

"I had to do it (Friday night)," Delaine said. "I try to break (the school record) every game. (Friday night), the guys up front did the job, and it all came together."

Twelve players besides Delaine carried the ball in a near-flawless performance by the Hernando offense. Three of them — Chad Woods (four carries, 49 yards), C.J. Clark (three carries, 14 yards) and Tyrell Hawkins (nine carries, 16 yards) — reached the end zone for the first time in their high school careers.

The deficit got so lopsided in the fourth quarter that Hernando's offense started using its victory formation with eight minutes left in regulation, kneeling to run out the clock.

"We've been in those shoes before," Hernando coach John Palmer said. "What comes around goes around. The other kids don't need to be embarrassed."

On a positive note for the Bears (1-9, 1-4), they were not shut out thanks to a 61-yard run by Mike Bailey (seven carries, 86 yards), the longest run of the season for any Central running back.

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Hernando 55, Central 6 11/13/09 [Last modified: Friday, November 13, 2009 11:36pm]

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