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Gaynor never got going in playoff defeat to Sharks

Tim Gaynor played with a sharp pain in his left hip.

But what really bothered him was the view.

"All I saw was white jerseys, really," the Central running back said.

"They didn't really give me too much room to run."

Gaynor, who completed the regular season with 1,769 yards, was held to a season-low 70 in Central's 40-6 loss to New Smyrna Beach in Friday's Class 4A, Region 2 quarterfinal.

The Barracudas put as many as eight defenders in the box and blitzed often to neutralize the Bears' biggest offensive weapon.

"They were bringing at least six or seven, all of them sometimes," said Central guard Willie Winslett.

"It semed like every time I pulled, they knew when I was pulling and they just seemed like they were calling the plays out there."

Added quarterback Chase Evans, "They were bringing everybody."

Gaynor's previous low in nine regular-season games was 126 yards against River Ridge.

New Smyrna Beach limited him to 26 on 14 carries in the first half and 32 on 18 attempts before the 5-foot-8, 180-pound junior broke loose for a 25-yard run in the third quarter.

"It felt good, because that was really my only good run," said Gaynor, who averaged 2.9 yards on 24 carries.

Gaynor said he felt a sharp pain in his hip when he got up following a first-quarter run. The pain stayed with him throughout the game.

"It was tough," he said, "but I tried to tough it out."

A bigger pain was New Smyrna Beach's defense, which Gaynor called the quickest he has seen this season.

"They were moving fast to the ball, giving us no room to run the ball, really," he said.

"They had speed, and that's what I think was the main thing."

Linebacker Patrick Hoffman, defensive tackle Carl Masterpolo and defensive end Antoine Coleman led the charge.

"I don't know that we pushed them off the line," New Smyrna Beach coach Gerald Odom said. "I just think we got to the ball.

"We knew that (Gaynor) carried the ball. He's two-thirds of their offense, and it doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out that you've got to tackle No. 2. That's the guy we were trying to keep from beating us."

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