Hernando football preview

Hernando_LeopardsHernando (Brooksville) Leopards (Class 5A-District 6)

2013 Record:  3-7

Head Coach:  Bill Vonada (1st year)

Key Players:  Steve Delaine (LB, Sr.), Tyler Kline (QB, Sr.), D’Angelo Fagin (RB, Sr.), Derrell Holland (WR, Sr.), DeAndre Thomas (OL, Sr.), Rylee Cheek (OL, Jr.), Dalton Coleman (DB, Sr.), Austin Sternberger (DB, Jr.), Craig Stewart (LB, Sr.), Tyson Libengood (DL, Jr.), Brad Ellis (RB, So.), Mark Wilson (WR, Sr.)

Outlook:  Despite only three victories, the Leopards were competitive in their district and finished just a game out of earning a postseason bid. They have a new coach for the second consecutive year, and according to Vonada ‘some hungry leaders are beginning to emerge.’ Vonada takes over after coaching 18 seasons at his alma mater at Springstead.

Kline returns at quarterback, while Delaine (55 tackles) is back on defense. The success of this year’s team will be determined by how quickly players buy into the new system. It may come with some growing pains, as they experienced in the spring game with three turnovers in a 28-3 loss to Crystal River.

2014 Football Schedule
Friday, August 29 – at Bolles (Jacksonville), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 5 – at Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 12 – vs. Citrus (Inverness), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 19 – vs. Weeki Wachee, 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 3 – at Nature Coast (Brooksville), 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 10 – vs. South Sumter (Bushnell), 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 17 – at Pasco (Dade City), 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 24 – vs. Zephyrhills, 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 31 – at Central (Brooksville), 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, November 7 – vs. Springstead (Spring Hill), 7:30 p.m.

*District game

Hernando High School website

“The Prep Zone” will count down to kick-off with a daily preview of high school football teams in the North Central Florida area.  Here are the future release dates:

CLASS 5A-DISTRICT 6
July 20 – Nature Coast (Brooksville)
July 21 – South Sumter (Bushnell)

CLASS 6A-DISTRICT 3
July 22 – Columbia (Lake City)

CLASS 6A-DISTRICT 5
July 23 – Citrus (Inverness)
July 24 – Gainesville
July 25 – Lake Weir (Ocala)
July 26 – Vanguard (Ocala)
July 27 – Forest (Ocala)

CLASS 6A-DISTRICT 6
July 28 – Springstead (Spring Hill)

CLASS 7A-DISTRICT 3
July 29 – Buchholz (Gainesville)

CLASS 8A-DISTRICT 1
July 30 – West Port (Ocala)