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