CRYSTAL RIVER — After falling to Crystal River last year on a last-second field goal, the Nature Coast got its revenge Friday.
"At that time last year that was disheartening for us," Nature Coast coach Jamie Joyner said. "That was stuck in our minds all year."
Tevin Drake carried the load for the Sharks, picking up 249 yards and four touchdowns on 26 carries. Nature Coast had an easy time moving up and down the field, racking up a team total of 393 yards on the ground and 449 yards of total offense.
"Offensively we feel like we were able to come out and do what we wanted to do. …run the football, control the clock," Joyner said. "Drake had a great game."
Drake's night was highlighted by an 80-yard touchdown run with 7:36 to play that put his team up 19 points.
The Sharks finished one point short of the 20-point lead they opened the game with. Early in the second Andrew Steelpflug connected with Michael Fields on a 42-yard pass to build the three-touchdown lead. Steelpflug also scored on a 50-yard run in the first quarter.
By Alan Festo, Special to the Times
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