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Blast from past for Lecanto

The 43-yard kick snuck through the uprights.

The visiting team won.

The green and gold celebrated.

The coach called the victory one that "should turn the corner for" the program.

In the final regular-season game of 1987 for both schools, Lecanto improved to 5-5 with a 30-29 shocker over Crystal River. Andrew Francis' winning kick came with four seconds left.

It was the schools' first meeting. Lecanto hasn't beaten the Pirates since. Since it has been such a long Panthers drought, we decided to take you back in time and give you a feel for 1987 by mentioning some of the things the year is best remembered for.

+ Bananarama hit big with I Heard a Rumour.

+ Emmitt Smith played his first season with the Florida Gators.

+ Mel Gibson and Danny Glover starred in Lethal Weapon.

+ Married With Children first aired.

THE SERIES

Crystal River vs. Lecanto

Year Winner Score

1987: Lecanto 30-29

1988: Crystal River 63-0

1989: Crystal River 47-7

1990: Crystal River 35-7

1991: Crystal River 34-3

1992: Crystal River 22-0

1993: Crystal River 26- 7

1994: Crystal River 34-0

1995: Crystal River 10-6

1996: Crystal River 42-7

1997: Crystal River 63-16

1998: Crystal River 46-8

1999: Crystal River 40-7

2000: Crystal River 55-20

2001: Crystal River 56-18

2002: Crystal River 58-6

THE GAMES

Crystal River at Lecanto

WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

THE SKINNY: Lecanto has dropped seven straight games, but can salvage the season with an upset. The youthful Panthers (they start two seniors) have given up 40 or more points in six of their past seven games. They held Hernando, however, to 15 in a loss on Oct. 17. Lecanto quarterback C.J. Osburn and receiver Pete Collins form the county's top passing combo.

OUR PICK: Crystal River.

Wesley Chapel at Citrus

WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

THE SKINNY: Citrus is a different squad than when it struggled earlier in the season, but now the Hurricanes face their toughest test. Wesley Chapel (8-0) has blistered opponents by an average of 36-8. Because of its numerous offensive weapons _ like quarterback Casey Snyder and running backs R.J. Cobb and Courtney Henry _ Citrus can keep it close.

OUR PICK: Wesley Chapel.

_ KEITH NIEBUHR

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