Football

SHAA Playoff Games

December 01, 2017 - 01:00

Photography by CHERYL CLANTON

Division 2 Knights celebrate after earning the championship  trophy

SHAA playoff games were held this year at Veterans Memorial Park 12254 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, Fl 34609. Playoff games started at 9 am and went on into the night. Teams battled it out from each division to take this year’s 2017 Championship. Cheerleaders were cheering for the teams as they played, and performed an outstanding halftime performance.

SHAA consist of 3 age divisions. Division 1 ages 5-8, division 2 ages 9-10 and division 3 ages 11-13.

Eagles make incredible comeback, shock Leopards in finale

November 05, 2017 - 09:25

photography by Cheryl Clanton

FILE PHOTO: SHS Football Team charges onto field in a preseason match

Nov. 4, 2017 - On the final night of regular-season football at the high school level in the Tampa Bay area, county opponents Hernando and Springstead met up in a matchup for the ages. The 39th meeting between the two teams was important for both teams because of the ramifications: a win for Springstead would keep their slim playoff hopes alive, while a win for Hernando would give them an 8-1 record and just about guarantee the district title and a home playoff game.

Sharks clip Eagles’ wings en route to FHSAA playoffs

November 04, 2017 - 11:26

photography by Cheryl Clanton

NCT's Michael Weston is taken down by Springsteads Damian Giles 10/31/17

Oct. 31, 2017- In a rare instance of scheduling purposes due to Hurricane Irma, the Nature Coast Sharks and their bitter county rival Springstead Eagles met up on Halloween night at the Shark Tank for another classic entry into their rivalry. It was also “Senior Night” for the Sharks, as they honored their football players, dancers, and cheerleaders on their final regular season home game as students.

What transpired right after kickoff was a classic game that etched its name into the history books for this rivalry.

Sharks shock Leopards, sets up wild finish to district

October 29, 2017 - 17:41

photography by Cheryl Clanton

HHS No. 55 Rodney Owens shakes hands with NCT No. 50 Michael Smith before the coin toss on Friday night 10/27/17.  Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Going into Thursday’s pivotal 5A-7 matchup between the Nature Coast Sharks and the undefeated Hernando Leopards, Hernando was attempting to do something that hasn’t been done in three years: dethrone the “Crew from California Street” of the title. A win not only would’ve continued Hernando’s undefeated season, but clinch the district title and a FHSAA home playoff game in two weeks’ time.

Once the game concluded, Hernando (6-1) just couldn’t close the door.

Game preview: Nature Coast at Hernando

October 22, 2017 - 22:57

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Hernando's David Hale Bronson running the ball

BROOKSVILLE- There hasn’t been a game in quite some time that’s quite caught the attention of prep football fans in Hernando County like Thursday night’s Class 5A, District 7 meeting between Hernando and Nature Coast at Tom Fisher Stadium. 

The last time Nature Coast lost to an in-county opponent was 2014 against Springstead in a 23-20 affair early in the regular season. Fast forward to 2017 and the Sharks are in a precarious spot after losing a crucial district contest to Inverness Citrus 37-27 on the road. It’s made this Thursday’s game that much more meaningful. 

Sharks streak broken by Hurricanes, 5A-7 to be decided this week

October 22, 2017 - 11:45

photography by CHERYL CLANTON
cheryl@hernandosun.com

FILE PHOTO: NCT quarterback Fabian Burnett warms up prior to game against Lecanto 10/13/17

Going into a district matchup against Citrus High School on their field, the Nature Coast Sharks knew ahead of time that a win tonight would not only eliminate the Hurricanes from title contention, but would also set up a showdown with undefeated Hernando next Thursday night for the FHSAA Class 5A-7 district championship. Nature Coast went into this game riding on a district winning streak dating back to 2014, the first season for former head coach Justin Worden.

Friday night recaps 10/6/2017

October 11, 2017 - 21:22

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Nature Coast against Central last Tuesday night

There was plenty of exciting action on the prep football gridiron last week, as Nature Coast and Central started off the slate on Tuesday night and had to suit up again a couple days later. With Hernando off on a bye week, we take a look at games played on Tuesday and Friday nights in Hernando County. 

Nature Coast 28, Central 26 (Tuesday night) 

In a contest rescheduled because of Hurricane Irma and both teams also slated to play later in the week, the Tuesday night tilt between Class 5A, District 7 rivals Nature Coast and Central lived up to the annual billing. 

Sharks survive scare, continue county dominance

October 05, 2017 - 20:38

photography by Cheryl Clanton

NCT offense lines up against Central defense on Oct. 3, 2017.

Hurricane Irma’s wrath over the state of Florida caused a hefty amount of games to be either cancelled or rescheduled across the North Suncoast area. One of those games was an early 5A-7 district matchup between the Nature Coast Sharks and the Central Bears, who are two premier programs in the county.

The rescheduling was only the beginning of what would transpire inside the “Bear Den” Tuesday night.

Friday Night Recap, Sept. 22, 2017

September 27, 2017 - 11:44

photography by CHERYL CLANTON
cheryl@hernandosun.com

Louis Miele 66, fighting in the trenches against Crystal RIver on Friday Sept. 22, 2017.  Photo by Cheryl Clanton

There was plenty of good matchups that took place last Friday night, Sept. 22, 2017, in Hernando County, as everyone around returned to normalcy and resumed its regular season. We take a look back at all the games that took in and outside of the county.

Nature Coast 19, Crystal River 7

It's four weeks into the season and Nature Coast is already looking mid-season form defensively, despite playing in only two games. The Sharks were able to use an opportunistic defense and roll to a 19-7 win over district rival Crystal River last Friday.

Sharks overcome penalties, keep winning streak alive

September 26, 2017 - 09:35

photography by Cheryl Clanton

Sophomore quarterback Fabian Burnett in action against Crystal River on Sept. 22, 2017

High school football was in full swing Friday night as the Nature Coast Sharks returned to the Shark Tank in Brooksville to welcome district opponent Crystal River in the Sharks’ first game since Hurricane Irma cancelled two weeks of games. Nature Coast, who had previously defeated South Sumter 33-7, was looking to extend its Hernando County record of 23-straight regular season wins.

It did not come easily, as Crystal River (0-5) came ready to play spoiler.

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