The Fort Myers football team began its game with Estero with a huge pass play on its opening possession Friday night. But it was the Green Wave’s rushing game that helped the team get above .500 for the season.
The Green Wave ran for 317 yards as Fort Myers won a District 6A-11 game over the Wildcats at Estero High, dominating thoroughly from the start and sending the game to a running clock early in the third quarter.
The Green Wave (4-3, 2-0) defense also excelled, allowing Estero (1-7, 0-2) only 92 yards while throwing a defensive shutout.
The Wildcats’ only score came on a special teams play.
‘We’ve played really well on defense all season,” said Fort Myers coach Sam Sirianni, Jr. “We had a bye week last week,so we came out with a lot of energy in the first. I was disappointed in our second quarter. You have to give Estero credit for that. They fought hard. We made three bad turnovers in the second.”
Darrian Felix rushed for 87 yards and quarterback Benjamin Stobugh ran for 62 yards and threw for 86 more in the victory.
“Our running game is going well, but we’ve got to get more balanced,” Sirianni said. “Right now, we’re a cross between a wing-T offense and a spread-T. I still feel we have to get to the next level. If we do, we can make some noise this season.”
Fort Myers’ running game was just too difficult, according to Estero coach Jeff Hanlon.
“You know that they’re (Fort Myers) going to run the ball, but then they can’t be stopped,” Hanlon said. “Felix is the ‘real deal.’ They have some great runners in the open field. I like a few of the things we did defensively. But you have to take your hats off to Felix and Sirianni.”
The Green Wave scored often early in this one. On its first offensive play from scrimmage, Stobugh hit Felix with a screen pass, and he rumbled 74 yards for a touchdown to put Fort Myers up 7-0.
Five minutes later, the Green Wave took a punt from near the 50-yard line and would score again. The drive peaked when Xavier Perez ran for a 21-yard score to put the Green Wave ahead 14-0.
Fort Myers recovered a Wildcat fumble one minute later and wound up with its third touchdown, coming when Felix scurried in from five yards out with 5:03 left in the first.
The Wildcats meanwhile were held without a first down until late in the first quarter. It was 21-0 at the end of one.
Stobugh ran 50 yards for a score to start the second, making it 28-0.
The Wildcats finally got on the board three minutes later when Keevon Clark recovered a blocked kick and ran 40 for a touchdown to cut the deficit to three touchdowns.
After Josias Jean’s field goal late in the second, the Green Wave 31-7 at halftime.
Fort Myers got rushing scores from Yasius Young and Voldrick Dorellen in the second half.
FORT MYERS 44, ESTERO 7
FTM 21 | 10 | 13 | 0 — 44
EST 0 | 7 | 0 | 0 — 7
FTM – Darrian Felix 74 pass from Benjamin Stobugh (Josias Jean kick), 11:41
FTM – Xavier Perez 21 run (Josias Jean kick), 6:28
FTM – Dairrian Felix 5 run (Josias Jean kick), 5:03
FTM – Benjamin Stobugh 50 run (John Briers kick), 11:38
EST – Keevon Clark 40 fumble recovery (Michael Mendes kick), 8:58
FTM – FG 32 Jean, 0:07
FTM – Voldrick Dorellen 60 run (kick failed), 9:10
FTM – Yasias Young 13 run (Jean kick), 4:45
Rushing — FTM: Darrian Felix 8-87, Xavier Perez 6-40, Yasius Young 2-15, Benjamin Stobugh 3-62, Voldrick Dorellen 1-60, Johnathan Cassamajor 3-3, Rolf Julmisse 1-50. EST: Max Bossi 1-2, Victor Shelly 3-12, Willie Neal 5-31, Mason Crowell 7-29, Phil Setterquist 1-6.
Passing — FTM: Benjamin Stobugh 3-3-86. EST: Willie Neal 1-1-7. Phil Setterquist 1-1-5.
Receiving — FTM: Dawson DeGroot 1-9, Darrian Felix 77. EST: Austin Smith 1-5, Carlos Phillips 1-7.