For the Weeki Wachee Hornets, growing pains just seem to be getting tougher as the season progresses.
Their latest lost made six in a row, and came at the hands of Class 4A, District 4 foe Starke-Bradford on Friday night.
The Hornets (1-6 overall, 0-5 4A-4) committed a pair of costly penalties on defense to extend drives and the Tornadoes (5-2 overall, 3-1 4A-4) took two interceptions and a kickoff to the end zone en route to a 56-28 blowout of the visiting Weeki Wachee team.
"Bradford has some athletes and a lot of speed," Weeki Wachee head coach Mark Lee said. "We committed two penalties on fourth down to extend drives and missed a lot of tackles."
Lee was impressed with the offense for the most part as they scored on a 7-yard run from senior tailback Jacob Cimino and a 4-yard scamper from quarterback David Tinch, who later connected with tight end Hiram Matos on a 7-yard touchdown pass.
"Our offense looked good." Lee said, "Obviously the two turnovers led to points, but the offense played well."
The Hornet's last touchdown came from a Xavier Jones interception return, which seemed to be the only bright spot in a rather lackluster defensive and special teams effort.
"We missed a lot of tackles" Lee added. "We will be working on that this week for sure. We were having guys attempt arm tackles and they just broke through them."
The Tornadoes had two defensive touchdowns on interceptions, a kickoff return, two passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns, as they moved the ball up and down the field all night, scoring 16 more points than their previous season high of 40 against Jasper-Hamilton County.
The Hornets will now travel to Interlachen in St. Augustine. The Rams come into that contest with a 1-6 record, 0-4 in 4A-4 play, with their last four games ending in the loss column including a 58-0 drubbing at the hands of district powerhouse South Sumter.