DUNNELLON — Nature Coast got the win it desperately needed.
The Sharks (1-2) shut down Dunnellon's high-powered offense on their way to a 17-8 win Friday night.
"Our kids were starving for a win," Nature Coast coach Charles Liggett said. "They're better than 0-2. This was a good win for us. We needed it."
Nature Coast held Dunnellon, which entered the game averaging 28.5 points per game, to just 186 yards of offense.
"I was proud of the effort our kids gave," Liggett said. "We've had some battles with Dunnellon in the past and it was good to come in here and get a win.
"I've got a lot of respect for (Dunnellon coach Frank) Beasley and his program, so to come in here and get a win against them is big for our kids."
Matt Breida rushed for 142 yards and one score on 33 carries and also recovered a fumble.
The Sharks jumped out to a 6-0 lead on a 33-yard scoring strike from Ryan Quigley to Jonathan Thomas, before Breida scored from 25 yards out and added a two-point conversion run.
After the Tigers closed to within six at halftime, Nature Coast's defense clamped down even more.
"They played very well," Beasley said.
Nature Coast forced six punts and two turnovers in evening the all-time series 3-3.