Once again it was another rough night on the gridiron for the visiting Spring Hill Bears suffering a tough road loss to the Mt. Pine Red Devils 54-13 on last Friday for 7-2A Conference play.

Once again it was another rough night on the gridiron for the visiting Spring Hill Bears suffering a tough road loss to the Mt. Pine Red Devils 54-13 on last Friday for 7-2A Conference play.

The Bears came into their match-up ready to go and looking to bounce back from a tough home defeat against Mt. Ida during week 6 of high school football.

Mt. Pine hadn't been beaten since their season-opener and the Bears looked to end a five game-winning streak, but unfortunately the Red Devils

pulled away in a huge performance to captured their sixth-straight victory and remain as one of two teams undefeated in conf., tied with defending Class 2A state champion Mt. Ida for first in league standings.

The Red Devils had multiple players to account from end zone trips and maintained a 48-7 advantage at halftime over the Bears. Bears' Keymonte Rhodes and Lewis Chambers accounted for touchdown scores for Spring Hill.

The Red Devils racked up a total of 389 yards of offense with six TD's on the ground and one passing touchdown reception.

Spring Hill football head coach Matt McBride felt good about going into their battle against Mt. Pine. Coach McBride was pleased by the work ethic in practice from his Bears and strongly believed they had a good game plan, but unfortunately he thought it wasn't executed well enough. McBride knew this would be a big opportunity for the Bears to win to stay very alive for the playoffs, but the loss has made things more crucial from this point to be postseason bound.

"I though we had the best week of practice with good preparation, but just didn't perform.We tried to come back into the game, but it got away from us and didn't have a good night offensively," McBride said.

"We got Murfreesboro this week and got to win this game to make the playoffs. I would have loved to have gotten that game, but we'll just keep trying to make the playoffs," McBride said.

The Bears are still in the mix to be one of the top five teams to make the playoffs from the conference, but McBride feels his Bears needed to be more aggressive and polish up are some fundamentals this week in practice for a better performance on the gridiron against Murfreesboro.

"We're going back to the basics and work on fundamentals and find a way to be more physical. We're still in the mix to make the playoffs, just have to figure out some things," McBride said.

Murfreesboro is winless thus far, but McBride looks for his Bears to come with a must win mentality and not focus on the fact that they're facing a team without a victory. McBride knows the Rattlers will come very hungry to post a victory and anticipates the Bears to have a different mindset and be the aggressor from the start.

The loss puts the Bears at 1-3 in conference, 2-5 overall.