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HERNANDO STARTS CLICKING THEN THINGS GRIND TO HALT

Alvin Delaine puts the Leopards' ground game in gear before the power goes out.

Springstead scored. Hernando scored. Then, the lights went out.

Midway through the second quarter at Booster Stadium on Friday, Hernando stole momentum from the host Eagles on the back of star junior tailback Alvin Delaine and led 8-3.

"Life mirrors football," Springstead coach Bill Vonada said. "Unexpected stuff happens, and this is a chance for us to try to steal that momentum back."

Right when things shifted for the Leopards, a pop sounded through the stadium and the lighting around the field went black. While the lights around the school and the press box were still lit, the field stayed dark for the next 36 minutes before officials decided to postpone the remainder of the contest until this morning.

"The (Hernando County) maintenance electrician went out to the breaker box," Springstead principal Susan Duval said. "When he opened it, he heard a loud pop and the breaker blew."

Springstead led off the scoring on its first drive in the opening quarter. After some option rushing from the Eagles offense, sophomore kicker Cody Emmerman made his first career field-goal attempt from 33 yards.

After the teams traded fumbles, Hernando marched downfield on the shoulders of Delaine (eight carries, 55 yards). He rushed to pay dirt from 19 yards out in the second quarter, and added a two-point conversion to give the Leopards their first lead.

The game will continue at 9 a.m. today, according to Springstead officials.

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