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SHARKS COME UP JUST SHORT IN DOUBLE OVERTIME

Tony Smith ran 10 yards in the second overtime to give South Sumter a 45-42 win over Nature Coast on Friday.

Nature Coast led 42-39 when Nick Allegra kicked a 26-yard field goal on fourth down after South Sumter (6-1) had stopped the visitors on third down.

"I don't even know what to say," said a noticeably drained South Sumter coach Inman Sherman. "I can't remember the last time we played an overtime game."

In the first overtime it appeared Nature Coast (4-2) would secure a win. Tevin Drake ran 8 yards for a touchdown and when South Sumter was flagged for encroachment on the extra point, the Drake ran in for a two-point conversion.

South Sumter answered when Denzel Smith scampered 10 yards on second down for a touchdown. Tony Smith leaped over the defense for a two-point conversion to force the second overtime.

Nature Coast staged a dramatic comeback to force overtime. Trailing 31-16 with 8:13 remaining, Stephen Pelaez hit Michael Fields with a 74-yard touchdown pass-and-run.

With 2:53 remaining in the contest Nature Coast tied it when Drake ran 9 yards for a touchdown and ran in the two-point conversion.

Kristen Newby missed a 37-yard field goal for the Raiders with 1:54 left in regulation and the clock ran out with Nature Coast on the South Sumter 36-yard line.

South Sumter lost three fumbles in the first half and trailed 9-3 at the half. The fumbles kept the Raiders defense on the field for much of the half.

"That is the offense's fault," Sherman said. "You can't turn the ball over four times and expect them to stand up."

South Sumter 45 Nature Coast 42 - double overtime

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