BROOKSVILLE - With his team searching for its first win of the 2013 campaign, Central head coach Mike Einsphar told his team to play like it had nothing to lose.
Central fought valiantly but ultimately was no match for the visiting powerhouse South Sumter Raiders, who cruised to a 69-0 victory Friday night.
"You move on," Einsphar said. "They are a good program, with good athletes, but you put it in the past and look forward to next week."
The Raiders (5-0 overall, 2-0 Class 5A, District 6) got the party started on the opening kickoff when J.T. Taylor took the opening kick 85 yards to the house.
Unfortunately for the Bears (0-5 overall, 0-2 5A-6), that would be just the beginning of an onslaught by South Sumter.
On the Bears' second offensive possession they were moving the ball until quarterback Cody Brooks tried to throw it away, but ultimately threw it into the arms of Chris Lewis.
Given possession at the Bear 20, the Raiders to jump out to a 14-0 lead on the 11-yard run by Anderson Faulk.
Led by the two-headed monster of Faulk and P.J. Brown, the Raiders would rush for 295 yards on 38 carries resulting in eight touchdown. The 5-9, 220-pound Brown steamrolled Bear defenders all night to the tune of 90 yards on 13 carries, with 1-, 3- and 6-yard scores.
The Raider weren't done with the Bears in the first half, as they blocked a 37-yard field goal attempt, and Matt Simmons scooped up the ball returning it 80 yards to the house.
Trailing 42-0 at the half, things wouldn't go any smoother for the Bears in the second half.
In the third quarter, it was the Taylor show, as the sophomore added to his return touchdown by carrying the ball five times for 101 yards and adding scores from 1, 35 and 45 yards.
The Raiders scored 21 in each of the first three quarters before adding the final six in the fourth quarter when the clock was running.
The Bears were led offensively by Robbie Bradley, who had 19 carries for 89 yards before leaving the game with a hand injury.
"Robbie is fine," Einsphar said. "It's 55-0 at the time, no point in running him out there to risk it."
Despite Bradley's effort and 222 yards on kick returns by Walker Shepard, the Bears couldn't find the end zone to end their scoreless streak.
The Bears have now been outscored 103-0 in their past two defeats, including last week to Nature Coast.
Up next for the Bears is a date with the Weeki Wachee Hornets at home next Friday.
South Sumter 69, Central 0
Qtr. Scoring 1 2 3 4
SSHS 21 21 21 6 - 69
CEN 0 0 0 0 - 0
SSHS - Taylor 85 kick return (Moir kick)
SSHS - Faulk 11 run (Moir kick)
SSHS - Simmons 80 blocked field goal return (Moir kick)
SSHS - Brown 1 run (Moir kick)
SSHS - Faulk 3 run (Moir kick)
SSHS - Taylor 1 run (Moir kick)
SSHS - Taylor 35 run (Moir kick)
SSHS - Taylor 45 run (Moir kick)
SSHS - Brown 6 run (Moir kick)
SSHS - Brown 3 run (Moir kick no good)
First Downs 6 15
Att/Rush Yds 36-115 38-295
Comps./Pass/Atts/Int. 4-13-1 3-6-0
Passing Yds 10 46
Total Offense 49-125 44-341
Return Yards 222 85
Punts/Avg 4-30 0-0
Fumbles/Lost 4-2 1-1
Penalties/Yards 7-55 4-30