On a night that began with a somber reflection of the Sept. 11 anniversary, the play on the field that followed was anything but subdued. Hernando clawed its way past Lecanto 28-20 Friday.
After pulling within 22-20 late in the third on a 41-yard touchdown run by Andrew Williams, Lecanto (0-2) failed on the remainder of its possessions while Hernando (1-1) capped off the win on a run by Josh Parnell.
Williams led the Panthers attack with 164 yards on the ground with two scores, including a fake punt, taking the snap 62 yards for a touchdown, bringing it to 15-14 at the half.
After a safety opened up scoring for Hernando on a bad Lecanto punt snap, an Alvin Delaine 33-yard touchdown scramble made it 8-0 at the end of the first. Delaine ran wild for the second week in a row, amassing 153 yards on 23 carries and two scores. He capped off a 66-yard drive with a 2-yard run to give Hernando a 15-6 lead before Lecanto's response closed the half.
Hernando began the second-half fireworks with some trickery - a flea flicker pass on their first play from scrimmage, from quarterback Kall Daniel to Ian Townsend for a 24-yard score and a 22-14 lead. The Leopards extended the lead to eight on Parnell's touchdown run in the fourth.