Local Sports

  • A county sweep

    Jon-Michael Soracchi 


    DUNNELLON — In a game where neither team could fully take control, it was a few big plays by a junior signal-caller that made the difference.

    Dunnellon quarterback Kobie Jones ran the ball 10 times for 129 yards and also snagged an interception on defense to help push the Tigers past Lecanto 17-7 on Friday night on Ned Love Field at Tiger Stadium.

  • Halloween horror show for Hurricanes

    INVERNESS — For the second time this season, scoring punt returns by an opponent proved decisive in upending the Citrus football team. 

    This time, it happened twice.

    On Halloween and homecoming Friday at the Citrus Bowl, Lake Weir senior Keontre Starkes returned a pair of punts for touchdowns and added a 

    58-yard rushing touchdown to foil Citrus’ playoff hopes with a 21-14 win in Inverness.

  • Seven Rivers holds off Santa Fe

    David Pieklik


    LAKELAND — Nate Winstead scored four of Seven Rivers’ five touchdowns, and the Warriors held on for a 35-24 win Friday against Santa Fe Catholic.

    In a game where they lost a key player to injury and where referees seemed to do their best to influence the outcome, the Warriors (7-2) showed resiliency. Running back Dakota Pace — with over 1,400 rushing yards on the season — left the game early with an injury.

  • Pirates fall 42-20 at No. 2 Suwannee

    The Crystal River football team had a tall order Friday night when it traveled to take on second-ranked and undefeated Live Oak Suwannee in a District 5A-5 contest.

    The Bulldogs (9-0, 6-0) jumped out to a 42-0 lead in the first half and cruised to a 42-20 victory over the 

    Pirates (2-7, 1-5).

    Crystal River closes out the season next Friday at county rival Citrus.

  • Florida’s Muschamp gets another shot at alma mater

    JACKSONVILLE — Will Muschamp has been on the losing end of the Florida-Georgia series his entire career.

    He went 0-4 against the Gators as a defensive back for the Bulldogs in the 1990s, and he’s winless in three games against Georgia as Florida’s head coach.

    His eighth try, without question, is the biggest of them all.

    Muschamp likely needs a victory against No. 9 Georgia today to have any chance of saving his job.

  • Gators on the run

    GAINESVILLE — Florida spent the last two weeks trying to identify something it can do well offensively.

    The Gators switched quarterbacks and settled on running the ball.

    And that’s all they might do Saturday against ninth-ranked Georgia in nearby Jacksonville.

  • FB Notebook: Breaking down the playoff scenarios

    The 5A-5 district officially sorted itself out last Friday as Live Oak Suwannee claimed its first league title since 2003 and Citra North Marion secured its 15th straight playoff berth with a triple overtime win over Alachua Santa Fe. 

  • Dunnellon’s Hujurat closing in on tackles title

    The area’s leading tackler is a junior who only started playing football in eighth grade. 

    Despite the rapid success, Dunnellon middle linebacker Zahid Hujurat isn’t surprised about where he’s at. Hujurat is humble about his abilities, but he was fully prepared to compete for the tackling crown. Heading into tonight’s finale against Lecanto, he boasts 115 total tackles (75 solo) and 14 tackles for losses.

  • Border brawl

    As the regular season winds down, Citrus is the lone area team still alive for a FHSAA postseason berth, while Seven Rivers begins a two-week stretch of postseason contests in their conference.

    In Dunnellon tonight, Lecanto visits the Tigers for a county border battle.

    Lecanto (4-4) at Dunnellon (5-4), 7:30 p.m.

  • One step closer to state

    Larry Bugg


    MCKETHAN LAKE — Claire Farnsworth has the star runner’s problem — there is no one else who can run with her.