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NATURE COAST 31, HERNANDO 7

As the weather cleared Friday night so did the running lanes for Nature Coast, which withstood a game-starting deluge and 40-minute lightning delay for an important Class 5A, District 6 victory. Nature Coast put it away with a 21-0 fourth quarter.

KEY DRIVE: With the lead tenuous at 10-7, the Sharks (3-2, 3-0) went 67 yards on 11 carries, ending with DeShawn Smith's 2-yard run on fourth down early in the fourth quarter. He had a 21-yard gain on the drive and Jermaine Green had a big conversion run on third and 8.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Both teams sloshed through the first half and it looked like the score would be 3-0 (NCT had just 65 yards at the time). Then Sedrick Burkes turned in a sack/forced fumble to give the Sharks the ball at the Hernando 31 with 27 seconds left. Three plays later Green scored from 31 yards away for a 10-0 advantage.

STARS OF THE GAME: Burkes had 2.5 sacks, two tackles for a loss and a big QB pressure for a clinching turnover on downs. Smith ran for 97 yards on two carries while Green finished with 89 and two touchdowns, including a 30-yarder on fourth and 7. Hernando punter Brad Ellis had three 40-plus yarders and a 38-yard effort on a ball that was snapped over his head.

STATS OF THE GAME: Nature Coast did not complete a pass, getting all 309 of its yards on 52 carries. Richard Graham chipped in with 79 yards on 12 attempts. Hernando (1-3, 1-1) only completed three passes itself, though first did account for Hernando's only score when Tyler Kline hit Mark Wilson from 23 yards.

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