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  • Dominant Gator defense a thing of the past

    GAINESVILLE — LSU and Florida were two of the more formidable defenses in the Southeastern 

    Conference — and the country — the last five years.

    They had NFL draft picks at nearly every position, highly touted underclassmen waiting in the wings and versatile schemes that proved to be too much for most opponents to handle. The Tigers and Gators ranked third and second, respectively, in the SEC (behind 

  • Pirates blanked at Santa Fe

    The Crystal River football team dropped a 34-0 decision at Alachua Santa Fe on Friday night.

    The Raiders led 13-0 after one quarter and 27-0 at the half. Santa Fe tacked on another touchdown in the fourth quarter for the shutout victory.

    The Pirates fell to 1-5 overall and 0-3 in 5A-5 district play. The Raiders improved to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in district action.

  • Warriors win 49-48 thriller

    With just 14 players dressed by the end of the game due to injuries, and trailing by two scores on three different occasions Friday night, things didn’t look good for Seven Rivers Christian at St. Francis Catholic in Gainesville.

  • Citrus edged at Mt. Dora

    Mark Fisher

    Special to the Chronicle

    MOUNT DORA — Although the Citrus County Golden Hurricanes (3-3) had an opportunity to score with less than two minutes remaining, a last-ditch halfback option pass by John Bronson on 4th and 15 from the Mount Dora 20-yard line fell short, allowing the Mount Dora Hurricanes to celebrate their Homecoming with a 14-7 victory. 

  • Colts trample Tigers

    CITRA — North Marion dominated Dunnellon in all phases of the game to snap the Tigers’ five-game winning streak and hand them their first district loss in a 43-0 rout on Friday.

    The Colts (5-2, 3-1 in 5A-5) extend their winning streak over DHS to eight games and take over sole possession of second place, behind Live Oak Suwannee, in District 5A-5. 

  • Just out of reach

    David Pieklik


    LECANTO — Lecanto came up 27 yards short of a rally against visiting Mitchell on Friday night, losing 28-21.

    Quarterback Travis McGee scrambled as time expired, running around the field and eluding tackles, trying to buy time for a receiver to get open. But there would be no Hail Mary reception, as the ball went a yard out of bounds over Caleb Casey’s head in the end zone.

  • Citrus, Crystal River combine efforts in sports fundraiser

    The Citrus and Crystal River high school athletic departments are partnering this year in their first All Sports Fundraiser presented by Inverness Kiwanis Club.

    Each school will compete by trying to sell as many tickets to a football pregame meal of 1/2-chicken with fixin’s and beverage. The event is Nov. 7 at Citrus High cafeteria prior to the football game between Citrus and Crystal River. 

  • Woman ‘sexual aggressor’ in Harris investigation?

    GAINESVILLE — The attorney for suspended Florida quarterback Treon Harris released a detailed statement Thursday, saying the woman was the “sexual aggressor” as he staunchly defended his client against assault allegations made against him.

    Huntley Johnson attempted to dispel some reports about Harris’ relationship with the woman and what happened early Sunday at an on-campus residence, saying “misstatements in the media have painted a picture that is inconsistent with the evidence.”

  • Florida receivers fall short of preseason expectations

    GAINESVILLE — Florida’s receiving corps was supposed to be the program’s deepest and most talented in years.

    The wideouts have fallen short of expectations, even incurring partial blame for an offense that averaged a little more than 200 yards and 12 points the last two games.

    Getting the group playing at a higher level is a top priority for the Gators (3-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference), who host LSU (4-2, 0-2) on Saturday night.

  • Hedman scores in OT, Lightning win opener

    TAMPA — Victor Hedman scored a power-play goal 1:11 into overtime and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 in their season opener Thursday night.

    Hedman took a pass from goalie Ben Bishop at the offensive blue line, skated in and beat Roberto Luongo from the left circle.

    Tampa Bay also got goals from Tyler Johnson and Ryan Callahan. Valtteri Filppula had two assists.