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Football: Fleming Island 46, Nature Coast 7

JACKSONVILLE — Nature Coast coach Charles Liggett knew that his team needed to play mistake-free football against Fleming Island on the road Friday night.

The Golden Eagles forced five turnovers and the Sharks never recovered en route to a 46-7 loss.

"We just got worn down physically and mentally tonight," said Liggett. "When you commit penalties and turn the ball over too much it leads to bad field position and we need to get better."

Fleming Island (2-0) drove down to the Nature Coast 34-yard line on its opening drive but turned the ball over on downs. On the Sharks' first play from scrimmage QB Luis Espinosa fumbled and Fleming Island scored four plays later to grab a 7-0 lead.

Over the next four offensive series the Sharks (0-2) then went three and out two times and had two drives stalled by interceptions.

"We couldn't get anything going on offense tonight," said Liggett. "

Senior running back Matt Breida was the lone bright spot for the Sharks. He rushed for a game-high 139 yards on 20 carries including a 25-yard touchdown run for the team's only score.

"Matt is a tough kid and he runs hard on every play," said Liggett. "He earned every yard he got tonight."

Frank Sampson had an interception while Dylan Savoury had a fumble recovery for Nature Coast.

"We need to fix some things going in to district play," said Liggett. "We weren't very good tonight."

Dennis Bergin, Times correspondent

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