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Ocala West Port 20, Central 0

BROOKSVILLE — All of Central's fumbles led to scores and the Bears remained winless in a shutout loss to Ocala West Port.

West Port forced five fumbles and recovered three.

Lamar Edwards scooped Steven Read's fumble and took it back 94 yards for a score to make it 7-0.

The Bears (0-5, 0-2) struggled after the loss of starting quarterback Artie Gartner, who eventually was replaced with offensive lineman Josh Burkhart. Burkhart finished 3-of-10 for 60 yards.

Ocala West Port capitalized on another fumble by Read and Jose Burgos slipped through tackles on his way to a 62-yard touchdown to make the game 14-0 at the half.

Read lead Central with 135 total yards.

Only 24 players dressed for the Bears, and many players were forced to play both ways.

"We've just got to get healthy and salvage the season," Bears coach Cliff Lohrey said.

The final score came on another fumble recovery by Edwards, who ran in from 84 yards.

Rodney Robinson, Times correspondent

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Ocala West Port 20, Central 0 10/09/09 [Last modified: Friday, October 9, 2009 11:14pm]
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