Scoring was quick out of the box by both teams at the Shark Tank on Friday night, but things slowed to a defensive stalemate in the second half as Nature Coast held off Lake Weir .
The Sharks (4-6) were caught off guard as Lake Weir (1-8-1) went to its bag of tricks on the first play from scrimmage, an 80-yard flea flicker touchdown pass from Josue St. Fluer to Tyler Rothstein to go up early.
It didn’t take long for Nature Coast to answer as DeShawn Smith scored his 11th touchdown on the season on a 5-yard run. However, the extra point from Austin Lacy was blocked . Only two minutes later, it was Nature Coast quarterback Ryan Quigley vaulting his team into the lead with an 11-yard touchdown scamper.
Alonza Taylor’s 1-yard touchdown run for Lake Weir to start the second quarter put the visitors back on top, but the Sharks had some tricks of their own when Rohan Blackwood, on a fake punt, pitched the ball to Andrew Parker, who ran 48 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.
The play made it 20-14 Nature Coast, and both teams tightened up defensive from there.