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Football: Nature Coast 34, Springstead 3

The Sharks' defense held strong to recover from last week's loss to Hernando and run away to a victory 34-3 over Springstead and finish the year at .500.

Nature Coast (5-5, 4-3) jumped out to a 14-0 lead and kept the Eagles' offense in check.

"We were holding them for the most part," Nature Coast coach Charles Liggett said.

Springstead (2-7, 1-6) had its best drive of the game to start the third quarter. Quarterback Tyler Mahla's rushes and passes took the Eagles inside the Nature Coast 10. But the Sharks held them, and linebacker Richard Hart broke up a pass at the 1 on third down to force a field goal.

"Richard Hart is a ball player," Liggett said.

Nature Coast broke the game open after that. Jacquez Kincade returned the ensuing kickoff up the middle for a touchdown to seize momentum and the victory.

The Sharks also got a boost from Ryan Maniaci, who started at quarterback after being knocked out in last week's loss to Hernando.

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

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Football: Nature Coast 34, Springstead 3 11/05/11 [Last modified: Saturday, November 5, 2011 12:50am]
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