Citrus senior defensive end Chad McDaniel tackled fullback Keith Enos shy of the goal line on a two-point conversion attempt in overtime Friday night to seal a thrilling 21-20 victory for the Hurricanes over Clermont High.
"Our guys are a very good football team," Hurricanes coach Gene Roberts said. "We're not quite as tall as Hernando, but we're big and physical."
Citrus (4-1) had the first possession Kansas tiebreaker format of overtime. A 2-yard run by Damon Bogart put the Hurricanes at the Highlander 8. Quarterback John Autry kept the second snap and ran a bootleg to the left into the Clermont endzone. Shawn Nolan's point-after put Citrus up 21-14.
Clermont (3-2) went to senior tailback Kendrick Moore on three straight runs on its overtime possession and reached the Citrus 2. Enos got into the endzone on a dive play, and the Highlanders proceeded to line up for an extra-point attempt by Brian Roehn.
The snap was low and Roehn got off a huried kick that sailed wide right, but Citrus was flagged for roughing the kicker and the Highlanders then opted to try for a two-point conversion from 1 1/2 yards out. McDaniel got Enos down inside the Hurricanes 1-yard line and the game ended.
Rob Malpica caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Autry, and also scored on a 25-yard run in the second period. Two PATs by Nolan helped put the Hurricanes ahead 14-7 at halftime.
But Moore took a knee-high pitch from Highlander quarterback Roehn in the third period and raced 83 yards for a touchdown. Roehn's extra-point set the stage for the overtime.
Enos scored on a 1-yard run in the first period following a Citrus turnover. The short burst capped a 21-yard drive to open the scoring.
Moore led all rushers with 139 yards on 24 rushes.
Malpica had 81 rushing yards on 14 carries, including runs of 26 and 25 yards.