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The tailback reaches 60 touchdowns in his Nature Coast career.
Published Sep. 16, 2009

Mark Lee marched back into Booster Stadium on Friday with one result on his mind - a victory.

Nature Coast didn't disappoint its first-year coach with a 38-9 win over Springstead.

With superstar tailback Tevin Drake leading the way as usual, the Sharks (2-0) ran all over Springstead. Drake gained 226 yards on 16 carries with four touchdowns. The four trips to pay dirt gave the senior 60 total rushing touchdowns over the course of his career with Nature Coast. In his four years with the program, the Sharks have never lost to the Eagles.

"All of my yards tonight go to the offensive line," Drake said. "I was really surprised with how well the line blocked. They did what they were supposed to."

Drake's numbers, as gaudy as they were, seem even scarier considering he had runs of 73 and 46 yards taken away by penalties. Penalties may have been Nature Coast's only real flaw in the game. Lee, a Springstead assistant the past two seasons, pointed to a lack of discipline when it came to the 16 penalties for 98 yards.

"We just kept committing stupid penalties," Lee said. "I don't really know what the problem was tonight. We looked really good in practice, but we just lost focus once the game started."

After going down 26-0 heading into the locker room, Springstead (1-1) did some damage offensively in the second half.

The Eagles had gained only 3 yards of total offense at halftime, but a couple of solid drives put Springstead on the scoreboard. Tailback Devean Huff (16 carries, 134 yards, one touchdown) gained all but 6 of his yards in the final two quarters.