Gainesville squeezes Citrus in district matchup

Published: Friday, October 5, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 1:05 a.m.

INVERNESS — The Gainesville Hurricanes soundly defeated the Citrus Hurricanes 56-7 in a district matchup Friday night at the Citrus Bowl.

Gainesville did most of its damage in the first half after the game started 30 minutes late due to heavy rain and lightning. Senior running back Ralph Webb ran for three first-half touchdowns, as he finished the evening with 140 yards on the ground. Junior Tony James had 72 yards rushing and scored a touchdown. Senior quarterback Mark Cato had 115 yards and one touchdown pass as Gainesville built a 42-7 halftime lead. Gainesville had 373 yards of total offense in the first half compared to Citrus’ 169.

“It all started up front, and the line held their blocks, and that allowed me to burst through the holes,” Webb said. “We’re always progressing, and we have the city championship against Buchholz and Vanguard after that. We have to continue to grind.”

GHS scored 28 points in the first quarter on two touchdown runs by Webb, one by James and a 40-yard touchdown pass to senior Larry Prunty.

Gainesville held Citrus (3-3, 1-1) to 215 total yards of offense, while putting up 479 yards of total offense.

“Coach Greene is doing a good job with Citrus,” said Gainesville head coach James Thomson. “It was good to see the young guys execute well. It was the best thing to come out of this game.”

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