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Football: Nature Coast 16, Mitchell 13

BROOKSVILLE — Nature Coast Tech celebrated homecoming with a defense-laden 16-13 win over Mitchell on Friday night.

The Sharks had junior Matt Breida to thank for the two touchdowns, as he ran for 154 yards on 23 carries.

Mitchell (4-4) opened the game with a successful onside kick and scoring drive. An encroachment penalty against the Sharks on fourth down gave the Mustangs a first down, and Mordell Holley made sure it did not go unpunished.

But neither team had much going offensively, trading five consecutive four and outs before Nature Coast tied the score in the second quarter.

"We were scared," Sharks coach Charles Liggett said. "(Breida) got hit, ankle (early in the first half). We were worried he wasn't coming back in."

Mitchell opened the second half with another extended drive and touchdown, but Codi Folsom's PAT was blocked, setting the stage for the Sharks to take the lead with just one possession. 

On Nature Coast's first drive of the fourth quarter, Breida rushed six times out of eight called plays, ran for 49 yards combined and finished with the touchdown. 

Mitchell had one last chance to score, but took a holding penalty in the end zone for a safety. Down three points and without a timeout, the Mustangs failed on the onside kick and watched as the Sharks took a knee to wind down the clock. 

"If we can put something together and win the next two games, we're conference champs," said Liggett, whose team is out of the playoff picture.

"Winning tonight was huge to give them that confidence."

Football: Nature Coast 16, Mitchell 13 10/21/11 [Last modified: Friday, October 21, 2011 10:53pm]
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