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Sharks Lean on Owens to Run Past Eagles

TJ Owens sparked what at the time was a stagnant Sharks offense, and scored twice leading Nature Coast past rival Springstead 28-7, Friday.

Nature Coast (2-0) scored on their first possession when Mike Weston scored on a 4-yard run.

Springstead (1-1) would answer as Demetrius Barry scored midway through the second quarter on a 3-yard run, sending the game to halftime tied at seven.

The second half would feel like a different ballgame, as the Sharks came out with a new mindset and looked like the team they were a season ago, when they finished a perfect regular season.

After a scoreless start to the third quarter, Owens took a 4th-and-1 handoff and sprinted 35 more yards to the end zone, giving Nature Coast a 14-7 lead, and a spark they seemed to need.

The former Eagle would score again from 3-yards out, taking a late hit after he crossed the goal line, as the third quarter ended with the Sharks up 21-7.

“People are starting to notice what I can do.” Owens, who ran for 163 yards, said. “I took my talent and went somewhere else. Tonight, I sent a message.”

TJ Owens (1) made plays on defense as well, Friday as Nature Coast beat Springstead.

TJ Owens (1) made plays on defense as well, Friday as Nature Coast beat Springstead.

Brian Haygood, who ran for 56 yards, would end the scoring in the fourth with a 3-yard touchdown run.

Nature Coast ran for 322 yards compared to the 121 yards for Springstead.

Eagles’ quarterback Jordan Wright was brought down hard on the last play of the game and was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons.

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  • WTG NCT!!!!!
    YEA Brian !!

    Tuesday, 13 September 2016, 4:07 pm
  • The Springstead oaches need to get rid of the “this is the way we’ve always done it” mentality. They won’t run other plays and they won’t utilize other players. Sorry but Wight isn’t all that. Obviously is something doesn’t work you try something else until it gets better. Try using other players that have some hidden talent! Let the kids play football.

    Tuesday, 13 September 2016, 7:20 am
  • You can’t put any blame on the Eagles, it’s their coaching staffs fault. They play the same 3 plays even game and do not pass the ball.

    Tuesday, 13 September 2016, 1:46 am
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    Monday, 12 September 2016, 6:11 pm

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