Hornets, Leopards Edged in Openers
By Danny Aiello Jr
Weeki Wachee Comeback Falls Short
Ridgewood used a second half scoring outburst to stave off a late Weeki Wachee rally, winning 35-34 Friday night.
The Hornets (0-1, 0-0 5A-7) rode Alec Cromie, who was 12-of-29 with 189 yards and five touchdowns, but couldn’t overcome the Rams who built a 15-point lead early on.
Down 21-6 in late in the first half, Cromie hit Shawn O’Gorman for a 75-yard touchdown strike to close the gap to seven points at the half.
The teams would trade scoring drives late into the fourth quarter, where the Rams were up nine as they set up for a 24-yard field goal that would put the game away. Dalton Tolbert had other plans as he blocked the kick and returned it the the Ridgewood 9-yard line, setting up a Cromie 4-yard touchdown pass.
Down 35-34 with three minutes left, Ridgewood handed the ball to Glass Wilson who finished with 38 carries for 274 yards and three scores. On 4th down and five, Wilson converted a first down allowing the Rams to run out the clock.
Halfback/Wide Receiver Shawn O’Gorman finished with 318 all-purpose yards and three scores for the Hornets.
Up Next: Weeki Wachee hosts Belleview Friday night with kickoff set for 7:30pm.
Hernando blows 21-point lead in loss
Down 34-13, Fivay used the arms and legs of Cyler Doran to complete a comeback, knocking off Hernando 41-40 in Overtime Friday night.
Doran threw for 346 yards on 19-of-34 passing with two touchdowns, adding two rushing touchdowns for the host Falcons.
Hernando (0-1, 0-0 5A-7) rushed for 354 yards on 60 carries as a team, but it wasn’t enough to secure a win for the much improved Leopard team.
Entering overtime, Hernando would take the lead as Christian Dowdell scored on a 4-yard run, but the Leopards attempt at a two-point conversion was stopped, setting up the stage for Doran and the Falcons.
Doran hit Caleb Kinsella from 15-yards out to tie the game at 40, and Josh Jones hit the game-winning point-after-try.
Dowdell rushed for 224 yards for Hernando and teammate David Hale Bronson had two touchdowns.
Up Next: Hernando will prepare to travel to county-rival Springstead Friday night at 7:30 p.m.