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Lecanto 47, Central 15

LECANTO — For one team, victory would no longer be a distant memory. For the other, the futility would continue.

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On Friday night, Lecanto walked away with the weight of losing lifted from its shoulder pads, as the host Panthers beat Central 47-15 in a Class 4A-5 matchup.

Lecanto (1-7, 1-3) grabbed its first district win since 2005 while snapping a 16-game losing streak. Central (0-8, 0-4) has dropped 12 of 13 overall.

The visiting Bears scored first and last, but Lecanto did everything in between. After Lecanto's opening possession failed, Central's Joe Farace returned a punt 52 yards, followed by a two-point conversion, for the early 8-0 lead.

The Bears did not see the scoreboard again until less than a minute left, when a 5-yard scoring dash by Zach Rice followed a 70-yard kickoff return by Farace.

Central finished with 27 yards rushing, while Joshua Gunter (two sacks) and company hassled Farace on his was to a 2-for-10 passing performance for 15 yards.

Steve McGunnigle, Special to the Times

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Lecanto 47, Central 15 10/31/09 [Last modified: Saturday, October 31, 2009 12:41am]
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