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Central falls to Tavares in spring kickoff classic

BY DANNY AIELLO Hernando Today correspondent
Published:   |   Updated: May 21, 2013 at 10:30 PM

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The Central Bears football team and Head Coach Mike Einsphar learned a tough lesson at the hands of the host Tavares Bulldogs on Friday night in the spring kickoff classic; A young team will experience growing pains, and sometimes those pains will hurt.

A handful of penalties and fumbling the quarterback-center exchange numerous times lead to the Bulldogs thrashed the visiting Bears by a score of 41-12, in a game that at times seemed even more out of hand than that score.

Using an uptempo offense, the Bulldogs opened the scoring putting up 41 points before the Bears got on the board late in the third and early in the fourth quarters.

“(Their uptempo offense) gave us some problems a little bit.” Einsphar said. “We tried to simulate it, but we tried to practice individual (drills) during the spring.”

Einshpar also stated since there were no films exchanged before the spring game, it took the Bears a while to adjust but make note of a second half where to defense came alive and shut out the Bulldogs the last 12 minutes.

Overall, it was a night to forget for Bears' quarterback Cole Teater who threw four interceptions, three of which led to scores after returns by Bulldog defensive back Joey Cavallaro, who averaged 34.6 yards per interception return on the night.

Teater will have over three months to get his feet under him before the Bears play a meaningful game, and Einsphar had no worries his signal-caller would bounce back.

“A nuclear war could go off and Cole would be just fine.” Einsphar said. “He's that kid that will have a rough game, but we need to find a rhythm for him so he will have fewer less rough spots.”

Paced by running back Robbie Bradley who had 5 carries for 67 yards and a touchdown, the Bears offense looked explosive at times, but five offensive penalties for 70 yards and the costly interceptions turned out to be to much to overcome.

“The were hustle plays.” Einsphar said. “It's not like we came out throwing cheap shots, they were just hustle mistakes.”

The most costly however came when Bradley broke a 95-yard touchdown run. Bradley caught the defense on a blitz and shot through the pile, while he was 15 yards ahead of the Bulldogs defense, a downfield receiver was called for a block in the back over 20 yards away from the play.

After the penalty, the Bears were at the Bulldog 39 yard line, but failed to get any closer, ultimately turning it over on downs.

The Bulldogs uptempo attack featured nimble running back Ezekiel Thomas (19 carries 104 yards 1 touchdown), a big bruiser in John Perdue (15 carries 66 yards 1 touchdown) and dual threat quaterback Christian Sears ( 2 rushing touchdowns 1 passing touchdown) running rapid through a Bears' defense and even a referee, often at times keeping the chain-gang sprinting to where the ball was marked.

Tavares opened the scoring with two 1-yard touchdown runs by Sears, and closed the first half with a Demetrius Ramirez 1-yard run followed by a 22-yard pass from Sears to a wide open Michael Smith right before the halftime gun.

The Bulldogs staked to a 27-0 lead, padded it with Perdue 5-yard run and a Thomas 1-yard score in the third before Bradley would get the Bears on the board with his 60-yard score slicing through the Bulldog defense.

Running back Mike Rossetti scored on a 30-yard run to finish the scoring for the Bears and the game.

Einsphar said it was good his team got this game out of their system now, and it would help the coaches pinpoint what the team needed to work on over the summer.

“There's no better experience than live game experience.” Einsphar said. “We have five young offensive lineman, a lot of jitters out there.”

“Overall we are a very young team,” Einshpar said in good spirits. “We will get better.”

Tavares 41, Central 12

Qtr. Scoring1234



Individual Scoring:


TAV – Christian Sears 1-yd Run (Higginbotham PAT Good)


TAV – Christian Sears 1-yd Run (Higginbotham PAT Good)

TAV – Demetrius Ramirez 1-yd Run (Higginbotham PAT Good)

TAV – Christian Sears 22-yd pass to Michael Smith (Higginbotham PAT Blocked)


TAV – John Perdue 5-yd Run (Higginbotham PAT Good)

TAV – Ezekiel Thomas 1-yd Run (Higginbotham PAT Good)

CEN – Robbie Bradley 60-yd run (Bradley PAT Blocked)


CEN – Mike Rossetti 30-yd Run (Bradley PAT Blocked)


First Downs 514

Atts./Rushing Yds. 26-11949-169

Comps./Pass/Atts/Int. 2-19-4 5-9-0

Passing Yds.2556

Total Offense45-14458-225

Return Yds. 0 0

Punts/Avg. 4-27.50-0

Fumbles/Lost 6-1 5-4


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