Sharks, Bears Sprint to Victories
By: Danny Aiello Jr
DeShawn Smith carried 18 times for 283 yards and five touchdowns as Nature Coast beat Springstead 35-12 Friday.
Despite being held scoreless for the first quarter, the Sharks (3-0) managed to pick up their pace offensively in the second half, en route to winning for the 11th time in 14 games against their biggest rival.
A week after showing signs of turning things around, Springstead (1-2) slipped back closer to the team that looks like it will have a disappointing season.
Down 8-0, with a chance to tie the game early on, The Eagles had Dominique Walker get stuffed on three straight carries, leaving a 4th-and-1 from the Sharks 1-yard line. Following a timeout, Jordan Wright took the handoff and collided with Walker getting stopped short and giving the ball back to the Sharks.
Smith would score twice more, making it 22-0 Nature Coast before Springstead would get on the board when T.J. Owens broke a 26-yard run.
After an uncharacteristic five personal fouls against the Eagles, mass substitutions were made in the fourth quarter.
Up Next: Springstead travels to Mitchell Friday for a district clash, kickoff is at 7:30p.m.
Up Next: Nature Coast travels to Central, kickoff is Friday at 7:30p.m.
Smith shines, Bears get back in win column
Central beat Fivay Friday by a score of 48-10, and the win has been a symbol of a year long turnaround of the Bears’ program.
Last year, Chris Sands took over and told teams to be on the lookout for Central, that teams should be afraid to play Central and while the results didn’t match up, the games were often closer than the box score indicated.
This year the results are matching up, as the Bears (2-1) beat Fivay soundly, never letting the visitors come within two scores.
De’Vonta Smith had 14 carries for 336 yards and four touchdowns as Central did something not many expected, start a running clock mercy rule against the Falcons.
The Bears outgained Fivay 484-252 in total yardage and kept QB Cyler Doran in check, as he only went 6-for-28 for 172 yards.
For Central, the win puts them in second place in the county, and will open up district play against the lone undefeated team left in the district, Nature Coast.
Up Next: Central opens district play by hosting Nature Coast, Friday at 7:30p.m.
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