SPRING HILL — When two longtime district and county rivals meet, you can usually bet the game will be a nail-biting, competitive matchup.
That wasn't that case Friday as Springstead sent a message to the rest of Class 4A, District 8 with a 49-0 shutout of Central.
"Without a doubt, the whole team played a very selfless game," Springstead coach Bill Vonada said. "Honestly, I was more nervous and intense coming into this game than I can remember being in a while."
Springstead (4-1) was coming off a bye week and had two weeks to prepare for the Bears. The Eagles did the job with special teams and defense. After a James Mahla touchdown run opened scoring in the first quarter, the home team set the tone for the rest of the game when Scott Barron blocked a 32-yard field goal attempt.
Springstead contained Central (3-3) defensively while pounding the ball and controlling the clock on offense. The Eagles defense picked off Central backup quarterback Nick Rosario twice with Dominique Roberson bringing back one of them 64 yards for a score. Ben Noury, who had the other interception, also recovered a fumble.
"The defense and special teams played a heck of a game," Vonada said. "The pads were definitely put to good use tonight."
When Springstead had the ball, the spread option attack kept the Bears off balance. Four players (Mike Greco, James Mahla, Noury and Devean Huff) carried the ball seven or more times for more than 55 yards each. The ground attack was led by Greco (12 carries, 121 yards, two touchdowns), who played only three quarters.