BROOKSVILLE — Hernando put away District 5A-7 foe Lecanto early by scoring 48 first-half points en route to a 54-0 victory Tuesday night. The Leopards (7-1, 5-1) scored via the ground and by airing it out.
Key drives: The Leopards started fast by scoring on a six-play, 70-yard drive that culminated with an Israel Fields (nine carries, 80 yards) 11-yard touchdown run for a 6-0 lead. … Hernando started its next possession at the Panthers' 45, which was set up by a Bronson Tafelski pick. Boston Tafelski — four plays later — ran in the first of his two touchdowns from 6 yards out on a keeper for a 13-0 lead. … After a Noah Batten interception late in the first, Boston Tafelski also got it done via the air on the first play with a 44-yard scoring strike to Ygenio Booker for a 34-0 lead after one quarter of play.
Key plays: Three Lecanto (0-9, 0-6) turnovers set up three Leopards' touchdowns in the first half.
Stars of the game: Fields had three touchdown runs of 11 yards and two from four yards out. … Tafelski had 101 yards rushing and passing, while running for two scores and passing for one in the first half. … Luke D'Ambrosio scored a touchdown's worth of extra points by booting six extra points through the uprights.
Key stats: Hernando outgained the Panthers 408-10, while the Leopard defense shut down the Panther ground attack by holding Lecanto to 16 rushes for minus-7 yards. Three quarterbacks (Tafelski, Noah Batten and Jordan Laing) scored for the Leopards under center.
Final word: "We've got to get complete focus, and we've got to bring our lunch-pail mentality on offense while playing stellar defense. An average team can go seven plays without a mistake, and we can't continue to make a mistake, then make a big play to bail us out. But as a team … we've made some positive steps forward in the last year." — Leopards coach Bill Vonada
Josephy Kornecki III, Times correspondent