Nature Coast (4-0) at Hernando (2-1), 7:30
Three things to know
If you like close, low-scoring games, this is the rivalry for you. Both teams have experienced defenses that have clamped down on opponents so far this season. The visiting Sharks have allowed just 33 points all season — 23 coming in last week’s win over Cypress Creek. After a 43-2 loss to Zephyrhills in the season opener, the host Leopards have posted two straight shutouts to get back on track.
Two of the best linebackers in the area — Nature Coast’s Brady Nowlan and Hernando’s Sam Sternberger — will lead their teams in Friday’s matchup. Both are averaging at least nine tackles per game (Nowlan at 10 and Sternberger at 9.3). They will be responsible for stuffing the strong rushing attacks for each team. The Sharks’ ground game is headlined by Christian Cromer, who is averaging 157 yards per game. The Leopards’ top back is Jordan Williams, who is averaging 83 yards per game.
Check out the FNF Campus Tour
The Friday Night Football Campus Tour, presented by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is a free, interactive event that includes games and prizes for all fans, including the opportunity to get Tampa Bay Buccaneers swag. A 15-foot-tall replica of the NFL’s Super Bowl trophy is on display at each stop.. Buccaneers cheerleaders and Captain Fear, the Bucs’ mascot, also will be in attendance.