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Lecanto’s Michael Bryant (8) is congratulated by teammates after the senior defensive lineman recovered a fumble Friday night on the opening series of the game. The recovery lead to a 41-yard field goal by Jack Levengood to open the scoring for the Panthers against Belleview.

Everything that could go well for Lecanto High School on Friday night at Panther Stadium in the opening half did so. But everything that could go wrong for the Panthers in their regular-season opener against Belleview High School did so too.

Lecanto stalked itself to a 15-0 lead in the opening minutes of the second quarter, and from there, it all fell apart against the Rattlers who rallied back for a 21-15 victory in the fourth quarter when the Panthers’ imploded on both sides of the ball.

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Lecanto's Amir Wilson is stopped by a Belleview defender after a first-quarter reception Friday night at Panther Stadium.

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Jeff Bryan is executive editor of the Citrus County Chronicle. Contact him at jeff.bryan@chronicleonline.com or 352-564-2930.

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