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  • Rough night for county football teams

    It was a rough Friday night for the county’s prep football teams; all four lost their respectable matchups.

    Dunnellon, a team just over the county line, walked out of Citrus County with a win though, after crushing the Citrus Hurricanes 41-6.

  • New York Yankees win 7 straight, beat Rays

    Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Even when a pitcher tried to walk him on purpose, Gary Sanchez almost hit a home run.

    That’s how good things are going for the rookie — and his team, too.

    Sanchez homered and nearly launched another as Tampa Bay messed up an intentional walk, leading the hard-charging Yankees to their season-best seventh straight win, 5-1 over the Rays on Saturday.

  • Florida beats Kentucky 45-7 for the 30th straight win in series

    Mark Long

    AP Sports Writer

    GAINESVILLE — Luke Del Rio delivered Florida’s most prolific passing performance in a Southeastern Conference game in a dozen years — even topping Tim Tebow’s best with the Gators.

    Del Rio threw for 320 yards and four touchdowns, including a 78-yarder to Antonio Callaway, and Florida beat Kentucky 45-7 Saturday to extend its winning streak in the series to 30.

  • Warriors fall hard at home

    The Seven Rivers Christian Warriors were no match for its 4A opponent Lake Highland Prep Friday night — and it showed. 

    The Warriors (1-2) were pummeled 42-6 at home by the Highlanders (3-0), in a game where a running clock offered little hope of a second-half comeback.

    Following the loss, Warriors head coach Ray Greene spoke to his players and said its time to “get right” and “get to work.” Greene said that starts with him.

  • Rattlers bite Pirates

    CRYSTAL RIVER — It may have not been the outcome Crystal River wanted, but when former coach and athletic director Earl Bramlett stepped onto the football field at halftime to watch as the stadium — once named after him — be rededicated to also honor his late wife Cathie with a new sign that simply read “Bramlett Stadium,” the game took a respectable backseat.

  • Williston wears down Lecanto in 22-13 win

    David Pieklik


    LECANTO — In a game it looked poised to take control of, Lecanto lost its poise in a tight 22-13 defeat at the hands of Williston on Friday night.

    With two very similar offenses squaring off, the Red Devils (2-0) had just enough answers to counter the Panthers (1-1) in the non-district matchup. 

  • Tigers lean on ‘D’

    INVERNESS — On a night its offense was flat and mistake prone, it was the Dunnellon High School defense that proved it can lead the way Friday night, in a 41-6 thrashing of Citrus High School at the Citrus Bowl.

    “Flat, rusty, whatever you want to call it, we didn’t play our best game,” said Dunnellon coach Price Harris, whose team’s Week 2 game against Lecanto was washed out by Hurricane Hermine. 

  • FSU hosts depleted Charleston Southern

    TALLAHASSEE — Charleston Southern is facing more than one daunting task against third-ranked Florida State today. Due to an NCAA rules violation, the Buccaneers will have a reduced roster for the game.

    School officials confirmed Friday afternoon in a release that a total of 32 players will serve one-game suspensions for using book money at the campus bookstore on other items, such as electronics, clothing or snacks. The penalties have been staggered over four games and 14 players will not play against the Seminoles.

  • Gator dominance

    GAINESVILLE — Kentucky no longer has to look back a decade or two to find a game in which it played Florida close.

    The Wildcats (0-1) gave the Gators (1-0) all they could handle the last two seasons, but Kentucky is not looking for morale victories. Kentucky’s futility against Florida has reached 

    29 consecutive losses, the longest current run in major college football between teams that play annually.

  • Friday night football is back with Hermine out of the way

    The county’s football teams are hungry for some wins after last week’s games were canceled due to Hurricane Hermine, with the exception to Seven Rivers Christian who played in rainy conditions and lost.

    With the bad weather now old news, here’s a look ahead to Friday night’s matchups:

    Lake Highland Prep (2-0) at Seven Rivers (1-1) 7:30 p.m.