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Dowdell, Leopards drop Hornets

By: Danny Aiello Jr

Twitter: @DannyAielloJr

Hernando used a potent rushing attack and behind the legs of Christian Dowdell, knocked off Weeki Wachee, 31-21 on Friday.

Hernando (2-6, 2-2 5A-7) controlled the ball and won the battle of the trenches from the beginning, as the Leopard’s opening drive used up over nine minutes and ended when Dowdell plowed in from 3-yards out.

On the following kickoff, Weeki Wachee (3-4,2-2 5A-7) fumbled and Devin Nichols came out of the pile with the recovery allowing Hernando to use up the entire first quarter.

For a team that had been struggling offensively, the Leopards were executing their offensive attack masterfully, moving the ball with ease against the Hornets.

Without Weeki Wachee running a play, the Hornets were down 14-0 following a David Hale Bronson 24-yard touchdown run.

Alec Cromie would lead the Hornets down the field for the tying score, as he connected with Jake Wilson for a 22-yard touchdown with under a minute left in the half.

Appearing to head into the locker room tied after a big Dowdell run was stopped as the half expired, the referees put 1.4 seconds back on the clock, and that was all Hernando needed.

Scott Bierwiler found Tyler Quigley for a 34-yard touchdown as time expired, giving the Leopards a 21-14 lead, and a margin they would never lose.


Bierwiler commanded his offense brilliantly in Friday’s 31-21 win over Weeki Wachee (Via Facebook)

Hernando gained 330 yards on the ground over 60 attempts, led by Dowdell who had 159 yards on 24 carries.

Weeki Wahcee was led by Cromie who was 10-for-18 through the air, passing for 208 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions.


Up Next: Weeki Wachee travels to Lecanto, where the Hornets need to win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Up Next: Hernando hosts county rival Central, where the Leopards look to build momentum and keep their winning ways going.


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  • Best Academy a charter school?

    Thursday, 22 October 2015, 6:25 pm
    • Yep you can google it – “A Tuition-Free Public Charter Middle School”

      Friday, 23 October 2015, 8:12 am
  • Anyone concerned with eligibility of Charter school students and Home school students playing on a public school team, should to refer to Florida Law 1006.15.

    Wednesday, 21 October 2015, 10:00 am
  • I appreciate that very much. I just would like an even playing field. I do know two middle school AD’s who are fed up as well.

    Wednesday, 21 October 2015, 12:01 am
  • I heard Parott uses kids from the new Best Academy. The AD says its school choice. Dan, is that something you can look into?

    Tuesday, 20 October 2015, 10:14 pm
  • Devin Nichols #77 recovered the fumble. I was there and it was also addressed on WWJB.

    Tuesday, 20 October 2015, 11:52 am
  • Both Hernando and Parrot are crooked. They do whatever they like and play whoever they like. I personally saw great players get run off last year because they weren’t a part of the “in crowd”. If you can trace your family lines back to the beginning of this county then you can participate everyone else can just go somewhere else. That is why so many students are leaving for schools on the other side of the county.

    Tuesday, 20 October 2015, 7:21 am
  • Does Hernando use ineligible players? Parrot sure does. Their AD will lie right to your face.

    Monday, 19 October 2015, 5:48 pm

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