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)