At Tampa Catholic
Tampa Catholic 20, Nature Coast 13
Spring game-breakers: Crusaders coach Bob Henriquez was pleased with the play of five new offensive line starters, who did a good job of pass protecting and blocking. That allowed rising senior quarterback Conner Louis to flourish. He finished 9-for-14 with 200 yards and a touchdown, and rushed nine times for 89 yards and touchdown runs of 6 and 1 yards, respectively. Tampa Catholic running back Hunter Joyer had 10 carries for 91 yards and some solid hits on defense. …Nature Coast's offense got going in the second half thanks mostly to Isaac Bailey, who rushed 14 times for 231 yards, including an 80-yard TD run.
Did you know? Tampa Catholic jumped on Nature Coast with a 20-0 lead by halftime. …While Tampa Catholic seems to have an answer at quarterback, Nature Coast coach Mark Nash said he needs to make a quick decision on a passer. The Sharks hope Brenton Nuby can pick up the position, allowing them to place Ja'Juan Story at receiver. Nuby completed 2-of-8 passes for 2 yards sharing time with Story, who was held in check most of the night with one notable run of 11 yards. …Scouts from Auburn, Ohio State, Miami, Texas A&M, Connecticut, Western Kentucky and USF were in attendance.
Audible 1: "We played a mixture of guys in the second half. The first half, one on one we looked pretty sharp. I'm pleased; we had a great spring." — Henriquez
Audible 2: "We seemed like we were running on seven cylinders. It seemed like every play there would be some goofy little mistake. What I was pleasantly surprised with is the offensive line played unbelievable against a quality opponent." — Nash
Izzy Gould, Times staff writer