Crystal River 0
South Sumter 70
Nature Coast Tech 29
W. Haven All Saints' 48
Hernando Christian 0
"It's a good feeling, a real good feeling. I'm just very tired right now."
_ CHRIS SCHAEFER, Springstead senior lineman.
"I'm more happy for the kids than for myself. I'm happy they put the streak to bed. It's not big for me. It's big for the kids, it's big for Inverness."
_ RIK HAINES, Citrus coach.
TIM DOW, SPRINGSTEAD: It was unglamorous, rushing with huge bandages on his left arm. But in his right arm, the senior back toted the pill for 118 yards on 25 carries, pounding the Central defense.
IAN WALD, SPRINGSTEAD: The senior quarterback had nearly half of the non-Dow carries in the offense, gaining 57 yards on six attempts and scoring a touchdown. Several times late in the game when the Bears were looking for Dow, he faked to the back and took off himself.
SHANE COLLARD, CENTRAL: In a gritty losing effort, the Bears leader completed 12 of 24 passes for 130 yards and rushed for 109 on eight carries. His 84-yard option keeper touchdown in the fourth quarter brought Central to within a point of Springstead.
R.J. COBB, CITRUS: The senior running back rushed for 124 yards on 19 carries and had a 61-yard punt return for a touchdown.
WALTER HOWARD, CITRUS: The junior quarterback entered the season new to the position and after a year away from football. Friday, he completed 10 of 17 passes for 86 yards and scored the Hurricanes' first touchdown on a 1-yard run.
ODDS AND ENDS
Central gained 80 yards on its opening drive but just 22 the rest of the first half.
Springstead consistently had great starting field position, only once beginning a possession shy of its 31-yard line.
Crystal River coach Craig Frederick spent most of the game in the stands in front of the press box, play-calling from a head set.
Citrus held Crystal River to 41 yards of offense. The Hurricanes had 292.
JUST AN OBSERVATION
It's just a fact _ Springstead is Hernando County's best in football this year. And with district rivals Clermont East Ridge and Groveland South Lake at home, this is the Eagles' best chance at a postseason berth.
No one can question Central receiver Jeremy Flowers' will to win against Springstead. The guy was an animal, making acrobatic leaps and explosive plays for the Bears when they needed it most.
The Springstead band's tuba section could use a little more oomph.
Penalties are a big problem for Citrus. The Hurricanes had 10 for 75 yards.
Though the referees called just one of two interceptions against Crystal River, a second Kyle Daquanna pick seemed clear to every one in the stands when Citrus' Willie Miller batted down the ball late in the third quarter.
_ JOHN SCHWARB, DAWN REISS, EMILY NIPPS, Times staff writers