Spring football capsule: Nature Coast



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Thu. May 13, 2010 | Izzy Gould | Email

Around the North Suncoast in 30 days

A daily spring preview of every football program in Hernando and Pasco counties:

Nature Coast

Coach: Mark Nash (first season)

Last season: 7-4 (lost 34-22 at North Marion in the region quarterfinals)

District: Class 3A, District 6

Key losses: OL/DL John Carbone, RB Antwan Story, RB Tevin Drake, QB C.J. Baker, DB Jamel Byrd, LB Braddie Ellison, OL/DL Cory Emerson, OL Nick Ciucci, LB Justin Beetz, LB Justin Murray

Who’s back: WR/QB Ja’Juan Story, OL/DL Jay Feret, OL/DL Chance Armstrong

What’s new: The Sharks are working on solidifying things at quarterback. So far, rising senior Brenton Nuby has earned the nod as the No. 1 starter. First-year coach Mark Nash said he plans to use packages with blue-chip recruit Story, who also will play receiver, linebacker and in the secondary.

Audible: “It’s been great, but it’s been frustrating at times. …It was difficult to try and build an offense we have around our personnel without having coached the personnel. We asked opinions, watched videos and came up with some things that will work. Some of the things won’t. Being under a time crunch (playing Tampa Catholic in Week 3) is frustrating. We’re perfectionists.” — Nash

Did you know? The Sharks will have the biggest change at linebacker with four new starters. Leading them is Richard Hart, who already has earned high marks with Nash. The two-year starter will be expected to use his good size, speed and instincts to become a veteran at outside linebacker in the Sharks’ 4-4 defensive scheme. The outside spot is up for grabs, and perhaps the most eye-opening details are in the middle where Nash will play a pair of rising sophomores — Joey Berrios and Josh Benyola. “They’re the best freshmen I’ve ever seen,” Nash said. “

Spring game: at Tampa Catholic, 7 p.m. May 21

2010 schedule
Sept. 3    vs. Central
Sept. 10    vs. Springstead
Sept. 17    vs. Crystal River
Sept. 24    at Tavares
Oct. 1    vs. Leesburg
Oct. 15    at Dunnellon
Oct. 22    vs. Citrus
Oct. 29    at Eustis
Nov. 5    vs. Hernando
Nov. 12    at East Lake


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