Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Spring football: Crystal River 28, Hernando 3

at Brooksville

Crystal River 28, Hernando 3

Spring game-breakers: Bill Vonada's coaching debut at Hernando started well with a stop on defense and a nice drive on offense. Then it turned sloppy. The Leopards committed three first-half turnovers, including a pair of fumbles that each led to touchdowns for Crystal River. Hernando's best scoring opportunity in the first half came late in the second quarter when defensive lineman Larry O'Bonnon recovered a fumble at the 19-yard line. But the drive ended when Tyler Kline threw an interception on fourth an 1 from the 11. … Trailing 21-0 in the third quarter, the Leopards had their best drive, which ended on William Neithammer's 30-yard field goal. Crystal River answered with a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

Did you know? Hernando graduated 21 players from last season, including three of its top four rushers and its three leading tacklers. There also were four players who transferred to other schools. The inexperience, coupled with a new scheme on both sides of the ball, made the transition tough.

Audible 1: "It was a little odd being on a different sideline. The kids played with passion, but we've got so much to work on with execution and urgency. There's a new system, a new scheme, but the mental mistakes are something I can't live with. There was some lack of ball security. We just have to get back to work." — Vonada, who coached at Springstead 15 years until last season

Bob Putnam, Times staff writer

Spring football: Crystal River 28, Hernando 3 05/16/14 [Last modified: Friday, May 16, 2014 10:41pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Jones: Koetter-Winston exchange highlights latest 'Hard Knocks'


    There are certain things that make HBO's Hard Knocks must-see television.

    Jameis Winston, left, has an exchange with Dirk Koetter that highlights Hard Knocks.
  2. Trevor Plouffe is DFA'd by Rays, Kittredge recalled for now


    INF Trevor Plouffe didn't do much with the opportunity the Rays gave him, and time ran out Tuesday when he was designated for assignment after the game.

    Plouffe hit just .178, with one homer and two RBIs, in 31 games for the Rays, his primary playing time from starting at first or third against lefties.

  3. Rays journal: Offense shows signs of waking up in win over Blue Jays (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The drought was so severe that it's still probably too soon to say the Rays are out of it, but scoring a half-dozen runs in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Blue Jays was another promising sign.

    Corey Dickerson high-fives Wilson Ramos after hitting a solo home run in the third inning, putting the Rays up 2-1.
  4. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Blue Jays game

    The Heater

    C Wilson Ramos, coming off right knee surgery, often takes it easy on the bases, though it's not always a good look. But he hustled when he needed to Tuesday and got the Rays a run by beating out a two-out infield single, finishing with three more hits.

  5. Rays are full of ideas they'd like to share when commissioner visits

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Commissioner Rob Manfred is coming to the Trop today. Hmm. Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg will be there to greet him. Hmmmm. And they have a scheduled joint media session. Hmmmmmmmmm.

    Commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t expected to say anything definitive about the Rays’ stadium situation when he visits the team today.