Hernando 28, Newberry 0
Spring game-breakers: The North Suncoast's leading returning rusher from 2009 with 1,659 yards and 24 touchdowns, Alvin Delaine came back to score on a 4-yard touchdown scamper in the first half Friday night. In fact, Hernando scored all four of its touchdowns in the first two quarters against Newberry. …Delaine didn't have the longest run of the night. That honor belonged to rising sophomore DeMarcus "Scooter" Manner. The young tailback, who saw no varsity action last year, ran for a 65-yard touchdown in the second quarter. …The scoring was led off by a 7-yard touchdown pass from rising sophomore and starting quarterback Tyrail Hawkins to rising senior Ian Townsend. Townsend also recovered a fumble on defense from his cornerback position and was among the team leaders in tackles. …The other touchdown of the evening was a 4-yard rushing TD from rising senior Marlin Smith.
Did you know? Rising junior outside linebacker C.J. Clark (43 tackles in 2009) broke his left ankle earlier in spring practice and sat out the game. …Hawkins and Cleve Pope shared time at quarterback and each led two touchdown drives. …Coach John Palmer was most proud of his defensive unit's ability to shut down the Panthers. Newberry went 5-5 in Class 2B last season. Newcomer DeAndre Roberts was a major standout for the Leopards on the defensive line.
Audible: "Considering we only get three weeks to prepare in the spring, I think our kids played really well. I especially think they played aggressively on defense. The shutout was huge. We had some big stops in the second half." — Palmer
Derek J. LaRiviere, Times correspondent