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  • Football notebook: Tigers make plays in clutch

    A trifecta of interceptions by Matthew Livermore, a clutch kick by Zachary West and century- mark performances on the ground and in the air by quarterback Kobie Jones were the catalysts behind Dunnellon’s 13th consecutive win over Crystal River last Friday. Jones broke the back of a stingy Pirate defense with a 36-yard keeper on third-and-10 with two minutes to play to help set up West’s 21-yard game-winner. 

    The sophomore’s field goal was the only points yielded by the CRHS defense in the second half.

  • Playoff hopes on the line in key league contests

    This week’s slate of local high school football features all district or divisional matchups, meaning playoff hopes will be on the line. Citrus, Crystal River and Dunnellon are all at home, while Seven Rivers Christian goes to Leesburg for a crucial divisional game. Meanwhile, Lecanto rests with a bye after finishing the first half of its schedule at 3-2.

  • Know your role

    Entering this season, running back Antonio Crumbley didn’t know how big his role would be for the Lecanto football team. With quarterback Travis McGee and receivers Jeremiah Lucas and Teandre Hopkins returning, the Panthers figured to be better in the passing game than on the ground.

    Starting with his coming-out performance in the fall preseason classic win against Weeki Wachee, in which the junior had a 69-yard rush, a 60-yard kickoff return and a pair of picks, Crumbley has found his place with the Panthers.

  • Dynamic Rodgers-Nelson combo to take on Vikes

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — Building a successful working relationship between a quarterback and receiver requires a lot of time and communication.

    After seven years together, there are few better combinations in the NFL than the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson.

  • Sugioka to next level of golf

    Micah Sugioka doesn’t spend a lot of time hanging with the other students at Lecanto High School, but the senior does enjoy his time with the other golfers on the Panther golf team.

    He is home-schooled and so he doesn’t get a lot of face time with the other students, other than when he plays golf.

    The Hawaii native was averaging a 38.8 going into the Sept. 23 match with Crystal River. He shot a 42 on a soggy, windy course.

  • Steady Panther

    Lecanto High School girls golf coach Doug Warren said junior ace golfer Maddison Polazzo brings consistency to this challenging game.

    The 16-year-old Charlotte, North Carolina, native won’t give her coach much to worry about. She averages a 42 per nine holes and shot a 40 recently at Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club.

  • FCC calls out NFL on ‘unsportsmanlike’ conduct

    WASHINGTON — For years, football fans have bemoaned the rule barring NFL home games that haven’t sold out from being televised in the local market.

    Well, you can’t blame the government anymore.

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to end the 1975 rule with a push from its chairman.

  • Panthers finish opposite of perfect Pirates

    HERNANDO — A little change of scenery certainly worked for Crystal River High School girl golfers Haylee Snodgrass and Brooke Discher.

    Snodgrass shot her best score yet, carding 50 while Discher finished with a 59 Tuesday at the Citrus Hills golf course.

    The Pirates boosted their record to 6-0, beating Lecanto 223-237. And though Crystal River may be accustomed to playing home matches at Seven Rivers Golf and Country Club, many of them felt very much at home in Citrus Hills.

  • Pirates prevail

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    INVERNESS — For two sets, Citrus battled Crystal River for every point in this volleyball rematch between 5A-6 rivals, losing both by 25-20 margins. In the third set, it looked like the Hurricanes left early though, trailing by as many as 

    13 points before falling 25-14 as the Pirates beat Citrus in straight sets for the second-straight time.

  • Phins use bye to fix roller coaster offense

    DAVIE — The Miami Dolphins have totaled 71 points in their two victories while scoring one touchdown in each of their two defeats, a roller-coaster pattern that offensive coordinator Bill Lazor finds easy to assess.

    “We have a better chance if we score a lot,” Lazor said Monday.

    So that’s what the Dolphins (2-2) will try to do in the final 12 games. A bye this week means extra time to figure out how to get more from a maddeningly unpredictable offense.