SPRING HILL — Lake Weir, which received votes in the latest AP state poll, came into Booster Stadium on Friday night with its guns blazing.
Lake Weir used a fast start offensively to claim a 40-19 win over Springstead.
After the first quarter, the game looked as if it were going to be a shootout.
The Hurricanes (5-1) held a 20-13 lead in the opening period as the two offenses went back and forth. But the pace slowed considerably in the final three quarters.
Lake Weir had no issues moving the ball at first, using the speed of quarterback Tracy Curry (7-of-12, 91 yards, eight carries, 134 yards, two touchdowns) to keep Springstead (2-4) off-balance. Curry was decent throwing, but his real success came on the ground with his scrambling. On numerous occasions, Curry was flushed from the pocket and still gained first-down yardage.
"(Curry's) a great athlete," Springstead coach Bill Vonada said. "(Defensive coordinator) Mike Garofano drew up some schemes, but an athlete like (Curry) is just going to make plays sometimes."
The Eagles ran the ball at will on the backpedaling Hurricanes defense. The rushing attack was led by Devean Huff, who had 118 yards on 25 carries. Brian Beeker, who opened the game for the Eagles with a 69-yard touchdown scamper, finished with 127 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries.
The Hurricanes now become one of the frontrunners as far as playoff positioning out of Class 4A, District 5.
Lake Weir remains undefeated in district play, and Springstead falls to 1-1.
"We need to focus on improving," Vonada said. "The district will take care of itself."