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Umatilla 61, Lecanto 6

Umatilla amassed more than 450 rushing yards Friday night, using an arsenal of wing-T running backs to beat Lecanto 61-6 in a non-district game at Panther Stadium.

The Bulldogs' offense scored seven times, all on rushing plays and all on drives of six plays or fewer.

Lecanto (0-5) led 6-0 before its offense stepped onto the field.

The Panthers' Doug Joyner returned the Bulldogs' first punt 71 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown with 2:11 gone in the first period. The point-after kick was wide, but Lecanto led for the first time all season _ after only its second touchdown of the year.

But Umatilla's stable of running backs would not be denied long. The Bulldogs (4-1) gained 123 yards on the ground in the first quarter, taking a 13-6 lead.

Starting from the 50-yard line after Lecanto failed to convert a fake punt, the Bulldogs drove 43 yards in four plays to set up first-and-goal at the Lecanto 7. Halfback Lawrence Clark beat Lecanto's defense to the corner to even the score at 6 with 3:15 left in the first period.

The Wing-T struck again on the last play of the quarter, when speedy halfback Darrell Mitchell burst through the line and tiptoed around the Lecanto linebackers on the way to a 43-yard touchdown run. Greg Ogiste's extra point put the Bulldogs up by seven.

The teams traded turnovers _ Umatilla intercepting a Skip Baxley pass at the Lecanto 44 but fumbling the ball back at the 18 _ before Lecanto mounted its best drive of the half and crossed into Bulldogs territory for the first time.

The drive stalled on fourth-and-6 at the 30, when Guy Touchton's run up the middle fell a yard shy of the first down.

Umatilla responded with a 75-yard touchdown drive that took less than two minutes. Andrea Craft ran it in from the 11, and Ogiste's point-after gave the Bulldogs a 20-6 halftime lead.

Things only got worse for Lecanto in the second half, as the Bulldogs scored six more touchdowns, four rushing and one each on an interception return and a fumble return.

Mitchell and Eric Porter scored three touchdowns each.

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