Nature Coast expected junior running back Matt Breida to have a big junior season.
But even the Sharks coaches are impressed by how well he’s done through three games.
The 5-foot-10 speedster leads the area with 483 rushing yards. He’s averaging 8.3 yards per carry and has scored seven touchdowns (six rushing, one receiving) on offense – despite the fact that he’s still playing regularly at cornerback, too.
Nature Coast coach Charles Liggett said Breida is getting plenty of help from a powerful offensive line, but many of his big rushes require no help. In Breida’s first big run in last week’s loss to Dunnellon, Breida ran up the middle, saw nothing and bounced outside for a huge gain.
“A lot of the runs that he’s making are on his own,” Liggett said. “He’s making something happen.”
Because of his speed – a reported 4.4 second 40-yard dash time – Breida is dangerous once he gets outside. Liggett said he thinks Breida can put up some of the best rushing stats in Hernando County history this year.
“When he hits the corner,” Liggett said, “he hits it pretty quick.”
On defense, one of Nature Coast’s top performers has been senior Richard Hart, who’s spent time at free safety and strong safety.
After only a few tackles against Gulf, Hart recorded 12 against Fleming Island in Week 2 and was “all over the place” against Dunnellon, Liggett said.