The Crystal River Sharks Pee Wee football team overcame a sluggish first half to beat Bushnell-South Sumter 24-15 and remain unbeaten in the North Suncoast Conference at 6-0.
"I was very happy with the outcome of the game, but I was not happy with the way we played overall," head coach Dennis Treadway said. "We had a sluggish, haphazard first half. We were better in the second half, but that may be due to my yelling and screaming at halftime."
Crystal River scored early on a 54-yard pass from halfback Williams Richardson to Tony Cooks, and led 6-0 at halftime.
Not until the second half did Crystal River's offense kick into gear, Treadway said, partially because of Bushnell's fatigue.
"I think our team is in really good physical condition, and we wore them down," Treadway said. "With no change in strategy we began moving the ball and executing. I think they were pretty tired."
Crystal River struck in the third quarter on a 10-yard touchdown run by Cooks, but Bushnell also scored in the third and closed to 12-8. But two fourth-quarter touchdowns put the Sharks in the driver's seat.
A 2-yard run by Richardson and a quarterback sneak by Ken Collins completed Crystal River's scoring summary.
Treadway said defensive lineman Josh Green played well in his first full game since sitting out with a knee injury. A timely third-quarter fumble recovery by Matt Maier also contributed to the win.
Crystal River's Flyweights and Mighty Mites also won Saturday in a sweep of Bushnell.
Bobby Stack, Brad Sancrante and Chaz Harmon scored touchdowns for the Flyweights (4-2) in a 19-7 win. For the Mighty Mites (3-3), J.J. Griffin, Leonard Johnson and Ricky Posselt scored in an 18-7 win.
This week, Crystal River plays Spring Hill at Crystal River High School, with games starting at 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for students.
Razorbacks football: Inverness lost two of three to West Hernando on Saturday, including a 28-0 decision against the Cougar Flyweights, who have yet to be scored upon this year.
Razorback coach Bruce Bellamy said despite the loss, Darrel Suchan, Matthew Simmons, David Kleager and Desmond Atkins played solid games.
Also, the Inverness Mighty Mites lost 21-13, losing an early 13-0 lead. Derrick Washington scored on a 60-yard run and Bruce Bellamy hit paydirt on a 70-yard run in the first quarter. The elder Bellamy said Tim Hudson and Chris Stokes also turned in good efforts.
The Pee Wees averted a sweep with a 13-0 victory as Wendell Alexander scored on an 8-yard run and Larry Summerlin added a 4-yard scoring run. Other contributors included Mitch Hale, Rob Tessmer and John VanLeeuwen.
This week, Inverness plays Gainesville at Citrus High School. Game times are noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for students.
_ Correspondent Jim Tomlin contributed to this report.