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Calling it a day on Tevin Drake's record-breaking career at Nature Coast

Tevin Drake leaves Nature Coast as the school’s all-time leading rusher. He shares the credit with his offensive line.

MAURICE RIVENBARK | Times

Tevin Drake leaves Nature Coast as the school’s all-time leading rusher. He shares the credit with his offensive line.

His father kept close tabs on his yardage. That's how Tevin Drake knew he was inching closer to a historic mark. When the final stats are tabulated, history will show that Nature Coast's all-time leading rusher is also Hernando County's all-time leading rusher, second among North Suncoast running backs. "I didn't know it was a record," Drake said. "It just goes back to how hard I worked for it because I pushed myself, I pushed myself to be better than everyone else. It's not just all on me. Without my offensive line I wouldn't have had none of those yards. I'm happy for it. It lets me know that hard work paid off." Unofficially, Drake compiled 4,981 yards in his four seasons for the Sharks with 69 touchdowns. Nature Coast's official statistics have not been updated to include Friday's performance, which the Times recorded to be 23 carries, 107 yards and a touchdown. Drake's final high school run was a 55-yard touchdown.

Biggest games by season

Senior: Drake had 16 carries for 226 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-9 win Sept. 11 against rival Springstead. His longest was a 64-yard run, but he had two huge touchdown runs called back on penalties.

Junior: Drake had 25 carries for 224 yards and four touchdowns in a 47-28 win over Crystal River on Sept. 26, 2008.

Sophomore: In his second-best season statistically, Drake had nine carries for 225 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-20 win over Groveland South Lake on Nov. 2, 2007.

Freshman: In his second varsity game, Drake had 24 carries for 248 yards and four touchdowns in a 29-28 win against Citrus on Oct. 13, 2006. His long was an 80-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Record-breaking night

Drake entered an Oct. 2 game at Leesburg with 4,000 career rushing yards. That night, he rushed 21 times for 186 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-18 victory, giving him Hernando County's career rushing mark.

Who's next?

Keep an eye on Hernando junior Alvin Delaine. The running back inched his way into the North Suncoast's top 10 single-season marks with 1,659 yards. Though freshman yardage totals were unavailable (he played sparingly behind George Fribley), Delaine has 2,312 yards for his sophomore and junior seasons. Delaine and Drake were teammates at Parrott Middle and remain close friends. "I'm glad he's getting his name out there," Drake said. "I would like for him to make it out of Brooksville. I'm glad he's getting noticed. He should be listed as an athlete. He can do it all."

Career numbers

2009

205 carries, 1,519 yards, 18 TDs (11 games)

2008

166 carries, 1,189 yards, 20 TDs (eight games)

2007

165 carries, 1,416 yards, 20 TDs (10 games)

2006

104 carries, 857 yards, 11 TDs (six games)

North Suncoast all-time career rushers

Player School Season Yards

1. Byronell Arline Ridgewood 2007 5,279

2. Tevin Drake Nature Coast 2009 4,981

3. Godfrey Pestana Land O'Lakes 20004,057

4. Dwayne Mobley Hernando 1991 4,041

5. Tyrone Tomlin Wesley Chapel 2002 3,485

North Suncoast all-time single-season leaders

Player School Season Yards

1. Adrian "Bubba" Golden Gulf 2008 2,514

2. Dwayne Mobley Hernando 1991 2,044

3. Tim Gaynor Central 2001 1,769

4. Dwayne Mobley Hernando 1990 1,762

5. Tyrone Tomlin Wesley Chapel 2001 1,753

6. Jermaine Green Hernando 1992 1,747

7. Rian Williams Nature Coast2004 1,728

8. Byronell Arline Ridgewood 2006 1,717

9. DuJuan Harris Central 2006 1,685

10. Alvin Delaine Hernando 2009 1,659

Calling it a day on Tevin Drake's record-breaking career at Nature Coast 11/23/09 [Last modified: Monday, November 23, 2009 11:19pm]
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