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Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 05:56 PM

Nature Coast's second trip to Orange Park-Fleming Island in as many seasons ended the same way as the first.

The Sharks (0-2) couldn't get out of their own way, committing eight turnovers (six lost fumbles, two interceptions) in a 46-7 loss.

"We still have a lot to fix, a lot to correct," Nature Coast head coach Charles Liggett said. "We have to go back to the drawing board and try to figure out what we're going to do.

"Obviously we can't turn the ball over. We needed to play mistake-free and not give them the big play."

Liggett indicated he was actually happy with the defensive performance, but the offense constantly coughed up the ball deep in its own territory.

At halftime, the score was 19-0 in favor of the Golden Eagles, who defeated the Sharks 29-7 a year ago.

Nature Coast's first possession of the third quarter resulted in a fumble that gave Fleming Island a short field and resulted in another touchdown.

From there, Liggett said, the wheels came off. The Sharks did finally dent the scoreboard in the fourth quarter on a roughly 35-yard run by Matt Breida.

The senior running back surpassed 120 yards rushing, according to Liggett, to go along with that touchdown.

"I told (the players) we've got to dig down deep, fortify our gut and we've got to try to stay as positive as possible," Liggett said. "Remember, it's not a district game.

"The coaches will work to solve the problem and the kids have to remain on board. Together we can work to solve the problems we're having."


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