SPRING HILL — While one of the biggest games in county history was taking place across town, another Hernando County rivalry game was being played Friday at Booster Stadium.
In its final home game, Springstead defeated Central 21-0 to maintain a streak of seven consecutive seasons with at least a .500 record.
"A streak like that means a couple of things," Springstead coach Bill Vonada said. "We have good support from the school, and a group of guys that buy into what we're doing here."
Springstead (5-5, 3-2) set the tone early. After an opening drive from Central (1-8, 1-4) went nowhere, the Eagles took over and mounted a 15-play, 89-yard drive that took up almost the entire first quarter. The drive was capped by a 1-yard plunge from Brian Beeker (12 carries, 58 yards, two touchdowns).
Devean Huff (23 carries, 199 yards), the workhorse for the Springstead offense all season, continued that trend for the game and on the first drive. Of his totals, eight carries and 70 yards came while draining the first-quarter clock. After that drive, the Eagles never looked back.
"(Huff) is a durable back that has matured a lot this year on and off the field," Vonada said. "It really start up front with the offensive line, and Devean would be the first to tell you that."
The Springstead defense, while not spectacular, recorded its second shutout of the season, holding Central to only 72 total yards. The Bears gained only three first downs. Steven Walker picked off Central quarterback Joey Farace twice, including once with less than one minute remaining to cement the win.