High School Football

Nature Coast star running back arrested

DeShawn Smith. Photo provided by HCSO

Nature Coast senior running back DeShawn Smith, who led the nation in both rushing yards and touchdowns last fall, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with burglary.
According to the arrest report filed by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Smith, 18, and three juveniles were involved in a break-in at a residence located at 11260 Claymore St. in Spring Hill on Tuesday afternoon.

Sharks’ O-line Clearing Path to History

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

NCT O-Line From Left to Right: Devito, Torres, Navarro, Cole, Rhineberger

DeShawn Smith has a simple explanation for his unprecedented success this season. He repeats it like a mantra, game after game; no matter how many rushing yards he piles up, no matter how many touchdowns he scores.

The Nature Coast senior running back has a deal with his offensive line. They block, he scores. That’s it. “A running back’s nothing without his O-linemen,” Smith said. “Every time I score, I run to them first. … They block, they get it open for me, and then I do the rest. So it’s a 50-50 thing.”

Side by Side…Stone Style

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Stone Family From Left to Right: Tommy, Mike Stone Jr., Mike Stone III, Mary Stone

No two siblings are alike, some are best friends, some have years between them and others have different interests and goals. Different interests and goals is not the case with the Stone Brothers. They have been side by side throughout their growing life and now shoulder to shoulder in the sport that continues to drive their brotherly bond.

Siuzdak Emerging as Playmaker for Spring Hill Christian

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Coltin Siuzdak, SHCA

Coltin Siuzdak felt the tug to get back into football. The Spring Hill Christian Academy team is glad he did. The 5-foot-10, 140-pound junior has emerged as a playmaker, along with quarterback/running back Michael Hemstreet, in the early eight-man season for the Wildcats. “Coltin is just a lot of team speed that we have,” SHCA head coach Shawn Fisher said. “He’s very fast and just like Mike he’s a pretty good student of the game, and once we get the ball in either of their hands good things happen.”

Leopards’ Libengood Takes the Lead

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The Hernando High football squad is in the second year of its rebuild under head coach Bill Vonada, and the veteran mentor will assuredly need to lean on his upperclassmen. That’s where players such as senior defensive end Tyson Libengood come into the equation. “His experience on the defense and in the heat of battle makes him a natural leader,” Vonada said. “He has some of the best physical potential on our defensive front… He works extremely hard in the weight room, and is willing to do the extra things. He is one of our best cover guys on punt.”