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Springstead scored on five of its eight possessions in a 27-26 victory over Dunedin.

Hernando, which clinched its first playoff berth since 1981 by beating Hudson 55-20, lost two linemen _ Brett Bauer and Wade McCall _ with knee injuries on consecutive first-quarter plays. Neither returned, but they could be ready to play against Citrus Friday.

Zephyrhills High answered every Central touchdown with one of its own in a 28-27 overtime victory.

The Stat Book

The rushers: Central's Tellis Roundtree had 139 yards and three TDs, including one in OT; Hernando's Eric Riggins had 138 and three TDs on just seven carries; Springstead's Andrae Brooks had 135 and a TD; Hernando's quarterback Shad Reese had 102 and two TDs on seven carries himself; Central's Elliot Coon had 90, including a 23-yard TD; and 33 of Springstead fullback John Mazzola's 57 came on his first carry.

The passers: Hernando's Reese threw for one TD and 107 yards _ 13 fewer yards than he had in his first six games combined. Central's Don Lupichuk twice intercepted Bulldogs QB Donnie Pinkerton, who was 17-of-29 for 286 yards and two TDs. Lupichuk almost had a third INT, but instead it went for a 21-yard TD to Rick Moore.

The kickers: Central's Jay Griffiths was 3-of-4 on extra-point attempts. His lone miss, in overtime, combined with a 4-of-4 effort by Tommy Hutchinson of Zephyrhills, including the game-winner in a Kansas tie-breaker, provided the difference. Springstead's Wayne Schlobohm was 3-of-3 on extra points and 2-of-3 on field goals, hitting from 20 and 25 yards but missing a 58-yard try just before halftime.

The Quote Book

Springstead coach Bill Browning on Brooks, who had nine-consecutive carries late in the game: "You have to give it to the guy who's hot, and he was hot."

Zephyrhills High coach Tom Fisher, whose 6-2 Bulldogs have won five of their last six after beating Central: "We're winning. That's all I can say."

Hernando coach Mike Imhoff, asking reporters a question in the waning moments against Hudson: "What time is it, guys?"