Nature Coast, Central Keep Pace in 5A-7 Race
Nature Coast 48, Weeki Wachee 10
Not even a postponement by Hurricane Matthew could stop Nature Coast from rolling to their 19th straight regular season win, downing Weeki Wachee 48-10 Saturday.
Michael Weston had 180 yards and four touchdowns on just 15 carries while Brian Haygood went 4-of-7 through the air for 140 yards and a touchdown to pace Nature Coast (6-0, 3-0 5A-7).
Starting bright and early Saturday, the Sharks came out and jumped on the Hornets (0-6, 0-3 5A-7) early scoring the first 28 points of the game.
Jakob Gonzalez would recover a Willie Coffey fumble and return it 48-yards for a touchdown, and a Luis Guardiola field goal would cut the lead to 35-10.
At the halftime buzzer, however, Haygood would find Nickinson Sineus for an 84-yard touchdown giving the Sharks a 41-10 lead.
The halftime stats were telling as Nature Coast had 424 yards while Weeki Wachee had negative four.
Despite the large margin of victory, both teams struggled in the penalty department as Nature Coast finished with 18 accepted for 150 yards while Weeki Wachee had 14 for 97 yards.
UP NEXT: Nature Coast travels to Lecanto for a district clash, while Weeki Wachee travels to county-rival Hernando. Both games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m., weather permitting.
Central 41, Citrus 34
De’Vonta Smith ran for 425 yards and five more touchdowns, however, he would need to play hero late in the game to save a Central victory, as the Bears beat Citrus 41-34 Saturday.
Smith would score four times in the first half, and Central (4-2, 3-1 5A-7) quarterback Izzy Zena found Jonathan Allion for a 18-yard touchdown strike as the Bears went into the half with a commanding 34-7 lead.
Citrus (2-4, 2-2 5A-7) would rally back, however, as Smith would fumble three times in the second half, leading to Cole Baldner catching a 15-yard touchdown pass from Mitch Barroso tying the game at 34.
The Hurricanes missed the potential go-ahead point-after-try with just under five minutes left, giving Smith a chance for redemption.
With just over two minutes left in the game, Smith would score on an 11-yard run, putting Central up 41-34, and a Dominique Walker interception with under a minute to go would seal the victory for the Bears.
Up Next: Central looks to keep their track for a playoff spot as they travel to square off with Crystal River. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m., weather permitting.
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