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Harmony prepares for huge district test vs. Lake Nona

Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 4:04 pm

Lane Hickey scored on a punt return and a pass reception to help the Longhorns beat Windermere Thursday. Photo/Rob Herbert

By Rick Pedone
Sports Editor
Lake Nona visits Harmony Thursday at 7:30 p.m. for a game that could determine the 7A-5 district championship.
The Longhorns (4-2, 3-1) rolled over Windermere, 42-2, last week to collect their second consecutive district victory.
Lake Nona (4-1, 3-0), a 49-21 winner over St. Cloud on Monday, will be a much stronger challenge, however.
The Longhorns struggled through a lethargic first half against Windermere, a first-year program.
It was 14-2 at the half before the Longhorns got busy and scored four touchdowns in the third period.
“I think we were sleepwalking through the first half, but we came to life and played like we needed to in the second half,” Longhorns Coach Don Simon said.
Nate Herstich threw for 180 yards and three touchdowns. Two went to Caeleb Bass and the other to Lane Hickey. Hickey also returned a punt for a touchdown.
The Longhorns offense has hit its stride over the past four games, averaging 33 points, and it may need to keep that up against the Lions today. Lake Nona has one of Central Florida’s most effective passing games with junior quarterback Michael Kern, who threw for 324 yards and four touchdowns Monday.
But, the Lions are playing on just three days rest, and it will be their third game in eight days.
“This game is the biggest yet. We just need to win and let everything else work itself out,” Simon said. “They’re good, and we are going to have to play well to beat them.”
Harmony’s only district loss came against East River, which is unbeaten in district play. For Harmony to win the district outright, East River must lose twice against district opponents while Harmony wins its last two district games. After Lake Nona, the only district game left on the Harmony’s schedule is at Celebration.next week.