Dowdell, Leopards drop Hornets
By: Danny Aiello Jr
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.
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.