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Pasco 7, Hernando 0

Published:   |   Updated: October 19, 2013 at 12:14 AM

BROOKSVILLE — Pasco (4-3, 2-2) staved off elimination in the Class 5A-District 6 race by extending its regular-season series hex against Hernando (2-5, 2-2) to 10 wins in a row – all since 1999.

The Pirates’ school-record six-year playoff run remained alive behind 173 total yards.

In a game featuring 15 punts, Pirate senior halfback Malik Johns capped an eight-play, 44-drive with a 4-yard touchdown run with 11:08 left in the second quarter.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Johns, who arrived as Pasco’s leading rusher with 48 carries for 465 yards, served as battering ram behind a game-high 27 attempts for 101 yards.

In the only scoring drive of the night, Johns carried four times for 16 yards before notching his team-leading 14th touchdown.

Place-kicker Johnathan Coats, who arrived 9-for-10 in point-after boots, followed with the successful conversion, 7-0.

In the Pirates’ only other scoring attempt, Coats misfired on a 34-yard field goal try with 7:42 left in the game.

Ironically, in a game where the Pirates (18 turnovers) and Leopards (19 turnovers) had combined for 37 turnovers through six games, both teams protected the ball as neither team lost a fumble or was intercepted.

Pasco 0 7 0 0 — 7

Hernando 0 0 0 0 — 0

P – Johns 4 run (Coats kick)