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  • Tigers trounced

    GAINESVILLE — Jalen Tabor and Quincy Wilson returned interceptions for touchdowns, helping No. 18 Florida beat Missouri 40-14 on Saturday and move into first place in the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division.

    The cornerback tandem provided nearly as many highlights as either offense and seemingly saved the Gators (5-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) from a fourth homecoming loss in the last seven years.

  • Citrus girls take first, Lecanto boys do the same

    Colleen Bennett: Chronicle correspondent

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Fall was in the air Saturday morning at the Crystal River High School Pirate Invitational, allowing local standout runners a cool final practice run against out-of-area teams before districts this coming week.

    Citrus High School’s Jillian Felton continued her impressive season with a first-place finish at 20:28.06, helping Citrus soundly defeat Lecanto High School 48-67 to take the meet title.

  • Dunnellon wins 60-6; sets up 4A-4 showdown

    C.J. Risak


    DUNNELLON — Last week was a bye week for Dunnellon’s football team. Guess they were ready to go in this game.

    The game was just over a minute old and the Tigers were ahead of Umatilla on Friday 14-0. The best part — their offense hadn’t even set foot on the field.

  • Crystal River crushes Central, 36-0; takes control of playoff destiny

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    CRYSTAL RIVER — Central senior De’Vonta Smith came into Friday night as the state’s leading rusher. Yet it was Crystal River’s Tyrek Scriven who looked the part.

  • Sharks show teeth in second half at Lecanto

    LECANTO — Eight points — that’s what separated a home-team Lecanto from an undefeated Nature Coast squad Friday night.

    At halftime at least. 

  • Seven Rivers rolls over Bulldogs, 49-6

    David Pieklik


    LECANTO — Seven Rivers tallied nearly 500 total offensive yards and played almost mistake-free football in a 49-6 non-conference win over Berean Christian on Friday night.

  • The Gators haven’t forgotten

    GAINESVILLE — Missouri’s last visit to Florida Field was a debacle for the home team.

    The Tigers returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and then really blew the game open in the third quarter by scoring on a punt return, a fumble return and an interception return.

    The 18th-ranked Gators (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) haven’t forgotten, and they plan to use it as motivation when the Tigers (3-2, 0-2) return to Gainesville today.

  • Pre-playoff push

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    After Hurricane Matthew delayed last week’s action to Saturday, prep football returns to its customary Friday night time slot.

    With the postseason picture beginning to come into focus, the onus on winning district matchups has intensified. Here’s a look ahead to this week’s matchups:

    Central (4-2) at Crystal River (3-3), 7 p.m.

  • Fulford provides strength for Warriors

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    Listed at 5-foot-9, 175 pounds, Logan Fulford doesn’t exactly fit the profile of a tight end or defensive lineman.

    Yet he has spent the past three years starting at those positions for Seven Rivers Christian, and the sophomore has provided solid production out of both spots.

  • LSU-Florida gets rescheduled for Nov. 19

    GAINESVILLE — LSU and Florida will play Nov. 19 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, a game rescheduled because of Hurricane Matthew.

    The Southeastern Conference made the announcement Thursday, ending a week of speculation about what would happen to the game originally scheduled for last Saturday in Gainesville.

    The teams had to buy out nonconference opponents scheduled for that Saturday: South Alabama for LSU and Presbyterian for Florida.