The long losing streak is over at Island Coast.
Coach John Schwochow’s Gators earned their first win of the season, rolling to an 49-7 homecoming victory against the Cape Coral Seahawks.
“We’ve played such a hard schedule,” Schwochow said. “The competition made us better. The problem was that, for a while, we were beat up. We finally started to get our guys back and we can compete a little bit.”
The Gators’ schedule has been brutal: South Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota, North Fort Myers, Lehigh, Charlotte and Dunbar.
The Gators (1-7, 1-2 District 6A-10) dropped Cape Coral to 1-6, 1-2.
Counting losses in the last five games of 2015, Island Coast had gone 12 games without a win until Friday.
“We’ve been getting blown out,” Gators running back Jerry Camric said. “It was nice doing that to somebody else.”
Camric stole the runming back spotlight away from Cape’s Isaac Washington, rushing 19 times for 143 yards and two touchdowns. He had 16 carries for 129 yards in the first half, and got much of the second half off with a big lead.
“Jerry ran the ball good, got loose,” Schwochow said, “which made Kory (Curtis) better and opened up a lot of stuff for us.”
Camric scored on touchdown runs of 9 and 18 yards.
“The line blocked well,” Camric said. “I like how we were working as a team.”
Washington, who had a 326-yard night two weeks ago against Ida Baker, was held to 79 yards on 14 carries.
“We’re all rivals,” Camric said of the Seahawks. “I know everybody on that team. We’re boys. They really gave me a hard time last year” when Cape beat the Gators.
Gators quarterback Curtis scored on keepers from 2 and 4 yards out, and hit Isiah Crawford on a 13-yard pass to start a running clock in the third period.
Island Coast scored three touchdowns in the last 3:31 of the first half.
Marlon Gaymon ran a punt back 62 yards for the Gators in the third period.
Cape Coral self-destructed three times on offense inside the Island Coast 30. A high snap for a big loss, a costly penalty, and a fumble. Jordan Zorbas scooped up a Cape fumble and scored an Island Coast touchdown. There were two other Seahawk fumbles inside the Cape 25.
Zorbas also had a 10-yard sack for the Gators.
Chase Sealander hit Dwayne Emilus for a 68-yard Cape Coral touchdown in the second quarter.
Cape Coral finishes out the regular season with its two biggest rivals. The Seahawks travel to North Fort Myers next week, then take on Mariner at home on Nov. 4.
The Gators close out the home schedule with Port Charlotte next week and end the regular season at Ida Baker.
ISLAND COAST 49, CAPE CORAL 7
CC 0 | 7 | 0 | 0 — 7
IC 7 | 28 | 14 | 0 — 49
IC: Kory Curtis 2 run (Curtis kick) 3:41
IC: Jerry Camric 9 run (Curtis kick) 9:52
IC: Camric 18 run (Curtis kick) 3:31
IC: Jordan Zorbas fumble recovery (Curtis kick) 2:10
CC: Dwayne Emilus 68 pass from Chase Sealander (Cooper Stone kick) 1:19
IC: Curtis 4 run (Curtis kick) 0:21.7
IC: Isiah Crawford 13 pass from Curtis (Curtis kick) 8:01
IC: Marlon Gaymon 62 punt return (Curtis kick) 2:47
Rushing – Cape Coral: Issac Washington 14-79, Chase Sealander 5-(-44), Rickey Anderson 4-4; Island Coast: Jerry Camric 19-143, Calvin Smith 1-(-1), Kory Curtis 4-22, Marlon Gaymon 4-18, Christian Morgan 4-36.
Passing – Cape Coral: Sealander 6-12-0 86; Island Coast: Curtis 12-22-0 132.
Receiving – Cape Coral: Jaylin Feliz 2-21, Dwayne Emilus 1-68, Washington 1-(-1), Terrell Bass 1-2, Brandon Alcide 1-(-4); Island Coast: Gaymon 3-23, Kameron Cavanaugh 1-1, Smith Joseph 3-26, Camric 1-31, Marcus Evans 2-32, Isiah Crawford 2-19.