Sharks Shine, Eagles stumble in preseason games
By Danny Aiello Jr
Springstead and Nature Coast had their preseason football games Thursday night, and with a week to go before the regular season, it is time to take a look at both teams.
Spring Game: Anclote 63, Springstead 32.
Preseason Game: Hudson 14 , Springstead 12.
What we learned:
Springstead might be in for a disappointing season. After getting thrashed in the spring game by an Anclote team that didn’t win a game, Eagles coach Mike Garafano said the vaunted Springstead defense would make a return. While the Eagles varsity defense held the Cobras to only 14 points in the three quarters they played, the offense could only score six points. Quarterback Jordan Wright will have to do a better job of running the offense if Springstead wants to keep up their recent history of strong campaigns.
Springstead opens the season vs county rival Central Friday August 28th at 7:30pm.
Nature Coast Sharks:
Spring Game: Nature Coast 34, Palm Harbor University 32.
Preseason Game: Nature Coast 34, Wiregrass Ranch 15.
What We Learned:
Deshawn Smith is really good at football. When he goes, so does the Nature Coast offense. Smith had three touchdowns against Wiregrass, and with the Sharks moving into a new district, Smith could have his way against Citrus county foes. As good as Smith is, it will be up to his signal caller Jamison Carnegie to not turn the ball over and give Nature Coast a two-headed monster in the backfield. The Sharks defense was good last year, but it will have to be better this season to keep games from turning into a track meet.
Nature Coast is at home vs Southeast High School (Bradenton) on August 28th at 7:30pm.