SEBRING - The Sebring Blue Streaks dominated the gridiron Saturday against the Lee County Steelers.
The Streaks won the first four games, two of which were played under forfeit rules, in shutouts to keep their hopes of a District 5 Citrus Championship alive as they hit the half-way mark in the Mid Florida Football and Cheer Conference (MFFCC) season.
The games were delayed due to the Lee County flag football team arriving an hour late, which resulted in a forfeit. Even though the Blue Streaks were awarded the win, they played the game under forfeit rules, as Sebring cruised to a 19-0 win.
In the Mitey Mite game, Sebring's star running back, Gregory Smith III, scored three touchdowns to pace the Blue Streaks to 26-0 thumping over the Steelers.
Smith scored twice in the first half on runs of 50 and 20 yards and added his third touchdown of the game in the third quarter on a 45-yard run to put Sebring up 18-0.
Maurice Deshaun Tucker, Jr. scored the Blue Streaks' final touchdown in the fourth quarter, scampering down the sidelines for 36 yards. The win improved the Mitey Mites to 5-0 on the season. They sit alone at top of the District 5 Citrus standings.
The Sebring Seniors went into the weekend with a 2-2 record. Both of their wins had come by forfeit, and they had failed to score in either of them.
That all changed Saturday, as they beat the Steelers convincingly, by a score 28-0.
Sebring scored on its opening drive on a 17-yard run by Taylor Morgan to put the Blue Streaks up 7-0 early. After scoring their first points of the season, the Blue Streaks quickly added a second touchdown on a 28-yard jaunt by Kentairus Hammond that gave Sebring a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
After a scoreless second quarter, Sebring scored once more in the third and fourth quarters. In the third quarter, the Blue Streaks opened up the passing game, as quarterback Dyshaun Collymore connected with Buddy Elfers on a 29-yard strike to give Sebring a 21-0 lead. Hammonds scored his second touchdown of the day in the fourth quarter on a 44-yard run.
Although Sebring improved its record above .500, the team is still two games back in the loss column.
Sebring won the Pee Wee game by forfeit when Lee County did not have all the appropriate paperwork required for verifying the age of its players. Playing under forfeit rules in a time-shortened game, Sebring still eked out a 6-0 victory.
In other county MFFCC action, Lake Placid was off when it were scheduled to play the Okeechobee Lil Brahmans. The secondary Okeechobee team no longer exists and Lake Placid won all games by forfeit.
Avon Park was also in action on Saturday. The Red Devils traveled out of the county to play the DeSoto Bulldogs. Avon Park obliterated DeSoto over four games, as the Red Devils outscored the Bulldogs 147-0.
The flag team won 29-0, the Mitey Mites won 25-0, while the Pee Wees rolled to a 54-0 win and the Juniors cruised to 39-0 victory.
The Avon Park Flag, Pee Wee, and Junior teams remain undefeated at 5-0 and are in first place in their respective divisions. The Mitey Mite team is 4-1 and in second place, one game behind Sebring.
On Saturday, Avon Park will travel to Okeechobee to play the Brahmans. Lake Placid will be at home as they host the DeSoto. Sebring has the week off, as the Blue Streaks were scheduled to host the Okeechobee Lil Brahmans, who no longer have a team.