DuJuan Harris

NCT alum Breida making most of minicamp

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Former Nature Coast running back Matt Breida during the San Francisco 49ers' organized team activity at their training facility in Santa Clara, Calif. on Wednesday. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

For Matt Breida, the dream of playing in the NFL hasn’t quite been realized, but he’s coming awfully close.
The 2013 Nature Coast graduate has been in San Francisco the past few weeks, participating in a rookie minicamp with the 49ers, the running back receiving his first taste of life as a professional football player.
“This is a big opportunity,” Breida said. “Being an undrafted free agent, I’m hoping to prove everyone wrong and prove I belong in the NFL.”

Two Hernando High baseball players face off in the Majors

Christian Arroyo (left) of the SF Giants and Bronson Arroyo (right) of the Cincinatti Reds before Friday night's game.  Both Arroyos, although unrelated, are from Brooksville and played baseball for Hernando High School.  Photo via #floridacrackerstyle

On Friday Cinco De Mayo a rare occurrence took place during the game that pitted the San Francisco Giants against the Cincinnati Reds. Two players from the same small high school played against each other in a Major League Baseball game. The pitcher for the Reds was Bronson Arroyo and the third baseman for the San Francisco Giant was Christian Arroyo. Both of these players graduated from Hernando High School and even though they share the same last name and hometown, they are unrelated.

Harris returns to speak at camp

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Central grad and current San Francisco 49er DuJuan Harris speaks to campers Monday at Ernie Wever Youth Park. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

The campers gathered around and perked up their ears as DuJuan Harris relayed a message of working hard and ignoring the naysayers.
He was in their shoes once, and the former Central High Bear and current San Francisco 49ers running back knows a thing or two about overcoming the same obstacles.
“None of those kids could stand up there and say it’s impossible to make it being from Brooksville,” Harris said. “I’m living proof right there in front of you.”

Sharks’ Smith shatters records vs. Central

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DeShawn Smith, NCT

Coming into Friday night’s game at the Bears’ Den, Nature Coast running back DeShawn Smith had already strung together three superb performances. The senior ran for 154 yards and three touchdowns in Week 1 against Bradenton-Southeast, only to top that with 224 yards and four scores at Hudson. Then came last week’s home game versus county-rival Springstead. Smith rushed for 296 yards and five touchdowns. Assuredly, he couldn’t continue on such a monumental upward trend. Well, Friday in a 53-18 win at Central, somehow he managed. Boy, did he manage.