NEW PORT RICHEY — After Hudson's 14-12 preseason win over Springstead on Thursday night, it was hard to tell which team won. Both coaches talked about sloppy, inconsistent play.
The teams combined for 20 penalties. The Eagles had a third-quarter touchdown run called back due to holding. And both teams had missed blocks that led to sacks. It's a good thing it was only preseason.
"We're better than this," Springstead coach Mike Garofano said. "We were just too inconsistent. We're the kind of team that can win every game this season or we could lose every game. It's up to us. We have to get things figured out."
Hudson coach Rob Mahler felt the same way.
"There were some good things but we shot ourselves in the foot some," he said. "We had some bad penalties. Those are things we have to fix."
The varsity played the first three quarters. Hudson led 14-6 when the junior varsity took over
The Cobras put together a seven-play drive late in the second that was aided by a fourth-down pass interference call. One second and 5 from the 6, Nate Munson ran it in for a 7-0 lead. On Springstead's next drive, quarterback Jordan Wright hit Jared Hargett on a 38-yard pass to make it 7-6.
The other score came in the final minute of the third on Justin Griffin's 4-yard run. Mahler said Munson and Griffin, who missed the spring with a leg injury, will share time at quarterback.
Springstead had a score erased with 3:29 left due to holding. Michael Wheeler broke a 74-yard run down the left sideline but it was called back.
"That's like an 80-90 yard penalty," Garofano said. "That's what kills us. We can't do those things and we need to make sure the kids know that."