BROOKSVILLE — Call them dynamic. Call them a duo.
Nature Coast’s running tandem of Ja’Juan Story and Isaac Bailey are explosive, elusive and have been all but impossible to stop the first two weeks of the season.
They put on another dazzling show Friday in a 38-7 win against rival Springstead.
“I don’t know who was questioning (Nature Coast),” Sharks coach Mark Nash said. “We weren’t questioning it as coaches. We’ve got a lot of great athletes and a long way to go. … We’re just trying to get better and better.”
Long lines formed at each entrance anticipating another epic battle.
Instead, fans were treated to some lively Sharks highlights tailor-made for YouTube.
Bailey led Nature Coast (2-0) with 21 carries for 185 yards and three touchdowns. Story ran nine times for 77 yards and two touchdowns.
After missing all four pass attempts last week, Story opened with a 32-yard strike to George Jackson to set up a 35-yard field goal by Tyler Callaghan for a 3-0 lead.
Springstead (0-2) was held scoreless in the first half with virtually no offense early.
Momentum shifted in the Sharks’ favor in the second quarter after an Eagles pass interference penalty on a Nature Coast fourth down, extended the drive and putting the Sharks on Springstead’s 12. Two plays later, Bailey punched in a 1-yard touchdown for a 10-0 lead.
Story then broke loose for a 42-yard touchdown run, flaunting the skills that earned him 28 scholarship offers for a 17-0 lead before halftime.
“They don’t know what we’re going to do or who’s going to get it,” Story said of the offense.
The Eagles broke through in the second half when quarterback Brian Beeker broke a 21-yard run to make it 17-7.
Nature Coast answered on the next play from scrimmage when Bailey ran full speed to the end zone for a 61-yard score and a 24-7 lead in the third quarter. Beeker (17 carries, 83 yards, one touchdown) and Devean Huff (16 carries, 53 yards) did all they could to spark the offense, but after another stalled drive the Sharks circled.
Story scored on a 23-yard run to make it 31-7 followed by Bailey’s 4-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to ice the game.
“Since the seniors, left a lot of people thought we wouldn’t be as good as we were last year,” Bailey said. “It doesn’t seem to have made a difference .”