Local Sports

  • Fivay Falcons soar past Panthers 41-29

    David Pieklik



    LECANTO — Sophomore quarterback Cyler Doran led a soaring passing attack for the Fivay Falcons as they defeated the Lecanto Panthers 41-29 on the road Friday night.


  • Late plays lead to Dunnellon victory

    DUNNELLON — After battling both itself and its opponent all game long, the Dunnellon football team bowed up and came up with some big plays when it finally mattered.


    Dante White’s second touchdown pass of the contest to Darion Baker gave the Tigers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish and a late goal-line stand delivered Dunnellon a 19-15 triumph over visiting Alachua Santa Fe on Friday night on Ned Love Field at Tiger Stadium.


  • Running wild

    BROOKSVILLE — Rayburn Greene wanted to see his Seven Rivers Christian football team start fast against what figured to be its biggest and most athletic opponent of the season so far in Jacksonville Temple Christian Academy.


    His Warriors more than answered the call.


  • Florida’s Driskel better prepared for No. 3 ’Bama

    GAINESVILLE — Jeff Driskel’s first game against Alabama was a blur.

    The Florida quarterback was thrust onto the field as a freshman in 2011 because of an injury to starter John Brantley, played the entire second half and failed to get the Gators past their 45-yard line. He completed two passes for 14 yards, fumbled a snap that led to a turnover, was sacked twice and also sprained an ankle in the 38-10 home loss to the eventual national champions.

  • Dunnellon opens up District play

    While Crystal River takes a bye to lick its wounds after last week’s stumble against Lecanto, Dunnellon, on the eve of next week’s rivalry game with the Pirates, kicks off its District 5A-5 football schedule against Alachua Santa Fe. Elsewhere, the Panthers 

    return home to see if they can sustain their momentum by avenging last year’s loss to Hudson Fivay, while Seven Rivers Christian returns to divisional play against Jacksonville Temple Christian at Ernie Wever Youth Park in Brooksville. 

  • Citrus standout suspended

    Desmond Franklin, a multi-talented defensive back, receiver, quarterback and kick returner for Citrus, was issued a six-week suspension by FHSAA for throwing a punch on the final play of the first half in his team’s 30-13 victory at Hernando last Friday. Hurricanes head coach Justin Taylor says his team is appealing the suspension.

  • Setting the Pace

    Dakota Pace and the Seven Rivers Christian football program were looking for a new beginning. Both got their wish when Pace, a sophomore running back and safety, transferred from Crystal River to the Lecanto private school this year.

  • Jeter ends long skid, Rays lose

    ST. PETERSBURG — Derek Jeter ended an 0-for-28 slump that was the second-worst of his career, and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Wednesday night.

    The retiring Yankees captain lined a single off Alex Cobb leading off the sixth inning. Jeter had a 0-for-32 stretch in April 2004.

  • Falcons, Bucs eager to get back on field

    ATLANTA — The short week came at a good time for the Atlanta Falcons.

    Ditto for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Both teams are eager to get back on the field Thursday night after the way they played the last time out.

    The Falcons (1-1) were mauled at Cincinnati, losing 24-10 in a game that really wasn’t that close. The Bucs (0-2) lost at home to St. Louis, failing to take advantage of an opponent down to its third-string quarterback because of injuries.

  • Kidd verbals to USF

    One of the top area golfers has already picked out a school.

    Crystal River High senior Kyle Kidd made a verbal commitment earlier this month to attend the University of South Florida in Tampa.

    “He will sign sometime in November,” golf coach Jere DeFoor said.