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  • ’Noles escape

    TALLAHASSEE — For a few seconds, it looked as if Everett Golson and Notre Dame had another streak-busting victory, this time against the defending national champions from Florida State.

    As the fifth-ranked Fighting Irish celebrated an apparent go-ahead touchdown with 13 seconds left, flags flew.

    The call: offensive pass interference. The touchdown was gone.

  • Chargers won’t go easy on Chiefs

    The old trap game.

    ‘Forget it,’ the San Diego Chargers say.

    They won’t be paying more attention to next Thursday night’s matchup with the Broncos than they will be to Sunday’s game against Kansas City.

    Should the Chargers (5-1) get by the Chiefs (2-3), they’ll bring the AFC West lead into Denver, not to mention the conference’s best record.

  • Jones: Remaining games ‘like taking candy from a baby’

    GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Will Muschamp gathered his seniors together Monday for a brief tutorial.

    It had nothing to do with the gut-wrenching loss to LSU, the upcoming game against Missouri or anything the Gators have done right or wrong this season.

    It was all about the Southeastern Conference’s muddled Eastern Division — and Florida’s position in it.

  • Pirates end drought in pool

    James Blevins


    CRYSTAL RIVER — On a chilly Thursday evening at Bicentennial Pool, the swim meet scores between Crystal River and Lecanto were in the midst of being announced over the PA system by Lecanto head coach and meet host Matt Bouthillier, when a great howl of joy erupted from the Crystal River side of the pool deck. The Pirate shouts were full of zeal and a sense of accomplished relief, stopping Bouthillier midsentence before he had finished reading off the results.

  • Bulldogs top Dunnellon in District 5A-5 battle

    After running off five straight wins, the Dunnellon football team has now dropped two in a row after a 52-35 loss Friday night at home to third-ranked Suwannee in District 5A-5 action.

    The Bulldogs (7-0, 5-0) raced out to a 35-7 halftime lead and held off a late rush by the Tigers (5-3, 3-2).

  • Eastside topples Crystal River

    Larry Bugg


    CRYSTAL RIVER — Penalties and fumbles forced the Crystal River football team into frequent missteps and allowed Gainesville Eastside to beat them 41-23 Friday night at Earl Bramlett Stadium.

    Crystal River running back Tyler Pollard ran nine times for 94 yards and a 10-yard scoring run to lead the Pirates, now 1-6 overall and 0-4 in Class 5A-District 5 play. Gainesville Eastside is 2-5 and 2-2.

  • Bulldogs run away with win over Warriors

    David Pieklik


    BROOKSVILLE — Tears filled the eyes of Seven Rivers coaches and players Friday night, knowing how close they came in upsetting 

    Mt. Dora Bible after a 49-32 loss on the team’s Senior Night.

  • Hard-earned win

    LECANTO — A 21-0 start in the first quarter proved enough for the Citrus football team and its stalwart defense to hold off a plucky Lecanto squad at Panther Stadium on Friday. Despite getting outscored 14-3 for the remainder of the game, the Hurricanes displayed their penchant for interceptions at crucial junctures and outlasted the Panthers for their 12th win in 13 years in the series with a 24-14 victory.

  • Florida’s Westbrook reflects on costly drop

    GAINESVILLE — Florida tight end Tevin Westbrook has watched the replay countless times since Saturday night.

    It was a perfect pass from Jeff Driskel, a belt-high spiral that hit Westbrook in stride in the end zone.

    It should have been a touchdown, quite possibly a game-winning score. Instead, it might end up having a significant effect on Driskel, coach Will Muschamp and the Gators (3-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) this season.

  • FB Notebook: Warriors win a tight one

    With four blowout wins under its belt, the Seven Rivers Christian football team prevailed in a little different fashion last Friday in Gainesville against divisional opponent St. Francis Catholic.