Football

Former Nature Coast back Matt Brieda, 49ers inching towards NFCs No. 1 seed

By Andy Villamarzo 
Hernando Sun

The San Francisco 49ers have been one of the top teams in the National Football League this season and they are inching themselves one more step closer to taking the No. 1 seed in the NFC. They took another step in that direction last Saturday night when the 49ers were able to defeat NFC West rival Los Angeles Rams 34-31 in a primetime matchup. Now the 49ers have a chance to win the NFC West crown and lockup a home field playoff game when they face the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday night Dec. 29, 2019 when they travel up to the northwest. 

Two Hernando County athletes participate in 65th North-South All-Star Football Classic

Two Hernando county high school athletes were selected to participate in The Florida Athletic Coaches Association 65th North-South All-Star Football Classic on December 21, 2019 -- Nature Coast Tech’s Senior Mike Marotta and Springstead’s Senior Adrian Cabrera.

The Florida Athletic Coaches Association has a 60 plus year history. To this day, the association continues to provide inspiration and perseverance for a wide range of student-athletes across the great state of Florida. 

Nature Coast Technical Michael Marotta | It’s the Little Things

The battle stopped at Riverside.

Hernando Christian Academy falls to Riverside Christian in a 38-31 championship battle.

Article and Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

Trenton, FL -- “It was a quiet bus ride going up. It’s kind of hard to take it all in,” Jeff Knott said. 

Hernando Christian Academy’s football team set a goal to be the 2019 6-man Florida State Champions. As every game they played brought them closer and closer, the road to the final championship game ended on Riverside’s home field. 

NCT Football Season Ends

By MEL SUITER, Hernando Sun Reporter

Orlando, Fla.--- Just a chance!

The long bus ride that started from the campus of Nature Coast Tech High School was symbolic of the long journey that these Sharks started way back in the month of August. The journey included the hard work they endured, the sweat dripping under the blazing hot summer sun and the irritation of the many disappointments of games that were lost.

It’s all about the experience.

Article and Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

Hernando County, FL ---Middle school football coaches are building fundamentals for their players while junior varsity (JV) coaches are preparing their players for the higher expectations of varsity football.

Throughout the football season, I covered a few games. Interviewing coaches both in middle school and junior varsity.  Coaches all said that their goals are to mentally prepare these student athletes as well as build the right character.

2019 Final Top 5 Hernando Prep Football Poll

By Andy Villamarzo 

Hernando Sun sports reporter

The region semifinals of the postseason for prep football in the state of Florida is set to begin this week and we here at the Hernando Sun want to give you the Hernando County reader all the insight you can get during the 2019 campaign. We now take a look at the Hernando Sun Top 5 Prep Football Poll heading into second round of the postseason.