Trojans slay Bobcats
Published: Friday, October 5, 2012 at 11:35 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 5, 2012 at 11:35 p.m.
On the first play of the game, University of Florida commit James Hearns let the hometown team know he likes Gainesville just fine.
The Tallahassee Lincoln linebacker intercepted Buchholz quarterback Jordan Nichols' pass on the first play and ran it into the end zone, but the play was negated by a holding penalty. He struck again on the next drive, and this time the pick-six stuck.
“It was important for me to come in and do great,” he said. “It's my future home, so I got to put on a show and show what they're going to get.”
Hearns, who will stay in Gainesville for an unofficial visit during the Florida vs. LSU game, finished with two interceptions in the Trojans' 45-7 rout on Friday night at a soggy Citizens Field.
Buchholz senior running back Kenny Scott, who scored four touchdowns on 311 all-purpose yards last week against Santa Fe, didn't suit up after showing concussion symptoms during practice, according to coach Mark Whittemore.
With one of the area's leading rushers on the bench, Nichols was able to find some early success in the middle of the Trojans defense. Sandwiched between Hearns' two picks, Nichols completed seven consecutive passes in the first half, including a 3-yard touchdown to Jared Goar.
After fumbling eight times last week, the Bobcats (2-4, 0-1) continued to have a hard time holding onto the ball. Buchholz tallied seven fumbles but somehow recovered every one.
“We actually showed a few bright spots,” Whittemore said. “We improved some facets of our game so we'll take those things away from tonight. We were dealing with some injuries, but the guys who did play kept on fighting.”
Lightning and rain delayed the Bobcats' District 1-7A opener for about 15 minutes, something that Tallahassee Lincoln coach Yusif Shakir said distracted the No. 6 Trojans (5-0, 2-0).
“We came out too slow,” he said. “This was our first real road trip. I don't think we were in the right frame of mind, but an ugly win is better than a pretty loss.”
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