Crystal River fans worried about the status of heralded running back Nate Madison can relax.
He's doing just fine.
Madison sustained a shoulder injury midway through the third quarter of Friday night's 36-3 win at Citrus and did not return. He spent most of the fourth quarter on the bench with his pads off.
Afterwards, Madison said his injury was not serious.
"It's just a stinger it always happens," Madison said. "It's an ongoing thing. It'll go away."
Despite missing the final quarter and a half, Madison led all players with 183 rushing yards. He scored once.
Nearly half of Madison's damage was done on Crystal River's opening drive.
After taking over at their own 6, the Pirates (2-0, 1-0 in Class 3A, District 5) went 94 yards in six plays and took a 6-0 lead when Madison took a pitch around right end for 70 yards. He had five carries for 90 yards on the drive.
Madison, a senior, should be ready for this week's home game against Wildwood.
"When he gets hit in the shoulder it sometimes pops in and out and sometimes it doesn't," Crystal River coach Jere DeFoor said. "He's back in there each week. He wants to play. He lives to compete."
Lecanto sophomore offensive lineman and linebacker Jimmy Sudlow was taken to an area hospital after the game suffering from disorientation. Sudlow received a blow to the helmet from two Hernando players on the final play of the game according to Lecanto coach Dick Slack.
THE STAT BOOK
Madison has 310 yards rushing and four touchdowns in two games.
He ran for 1,880 yards in 1999.
BY THE NUMBERS
During its five-game winning streak against Citrus (1-1, 0-1), Crystal River has outscored the Hurricanes 194-17. Crystal River now holds a 28-22-2 edge in the series.
Crystal River outrushed Citrus 413-134 despite having three fewer carries than the Hurricanes.
Crystal River sacked Citrus starting quarterback Sam McLain five times.
Citrus running back Joe Calcagino led the Hurricanes with 85 yards rushing on 16 carries.
Matt Davis of Citrus booted a 27-yard field goal with 4:15 left in the third quarter, his third in two games. Seconds later, he squibbed a high-bounding kickoff that was recovered by Citrus' James Crossley.
Davis had field goals of 37 and 40 yards in Citrus' season-opening win at Tavares.
Two of Madison's backfield mates - Ryan McNally and Mike Jones - also had productive games. McNally ran for 143 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries while Jones finished with 60 yards on three carries.
Friday's game marked the first time since 1998 that Crystal River has had two backs go over 100 yards rushing.
THE FUTURE WAS NOW
On Citrus' last offensive series, Hurricanes coach Larry Bishop pulled McLain, the senior, to let freshman signal-caller Casey Snyder get some work. Snyder did not throw a pass, but had one run for 3 yards.
He is expected to take over at quarterback when McLain graduates.
Crystal River's first punt came at the 2:31 mark of the fourth quarter. Even worse for Citrus, Clayton Trenary's 42-yard boot pinned the Hurricanes at their own 4.
THE QUOTE BOOK
"We're not a first-and-15 club. When you make 7 or 8 yards on first down and you have a holding or a clipping, it offsets that. As long as we don't shoot ourselves in the foot, we're pretty good. But we shot ourselves in the foot and they executed." _ Citrus coach Larry Bishop
"We came out planning to run the ball. I realized we hadn't thrown it and I wanted to throw more but they were still giving us the run. We were having success running and that's what I like to do." _ Crystal River coach Jere DeFoor.
_ CAREY FREEMAN, KEITH NIEBUHR