South Fort Myers earned its eighth consecutive berth playoff berth on Friday night with a dominant win over District 7A-12 opponent Riverdale at home.
The Wolfpack scored three touchdowns in the first 9:34 of play en route to a 42-13 victory over the visiting Raiders.
The victory guaranteed the Wolfpack (7-0, 1-0 in District 7A-12) at least the runner-up spot in 7A-12 and sets up a de facto 7A-12 championship game with Gulf Coast on Oct. 28 in Naples.
The Sharks (4-3, 1-0) also clinched a playoff berth with Riverdale’s loss on Friday night.
“We were really jacked up to start the game,” South coach Matthew Holderfield said.
Riverdale (2-5, 0-2) was eliminated from playoff contention with the loss.
South senior Riley Ware intercepted a pass on the second play of the game that set up a 32-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Maurice Flournoy to senior tight end Trelin Thomas.
The Wolfpack quickly followed that up with a 67-yard touchdown run by senior E’Quan Dorris to build a 14-0 lead just 1:40 later. Dorris then scored again with 2:26 left in the first quarter on a 9-yard run.
Riverdale took a step to clawing its way back into the game with a touchdown with just over five minutes left in the second. The Raiders converted two fourth downs—including senior Keichard Green’s 1-yard TD plunge—on the drive that started at the South 19 because of a Wolfpack fumble.
The Raiders’ momentum was short-lived however as junior JeShaun Jones took the ensuing kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown and a 27-6 Wolfpack lead.
Ware added a 1-yard touchdown run and 2-point conversion run to give South a 35-6 lead that it took into the halftime break.
Ware’s second 1-yard touchdown run of the game with 6:49 left in the third sent the game to an FHSAA-mandated running clock.
“We are really in a building stage right now,” Raiders coach Tom Roszell said. “We are trying to build that football culture back at Riverdale High School right now. Sometimes you see it, sometimes you don’t.”
Dorris led all rushers with 126 yards on 12 carries. Ware finished with 66 rushing yards on 13 carries to go along with his two touchdowns and two interceptions on defense.
Senior Malcolm Spencer led the Raiders with 123 yards rushing and a 13-yard touchdown that concluded the game’s scoring with 37 seconds to play.
SOUTH FORT MYERS 42, RIVERDALE 13
R 0 | 6 | 0 | 7 — 13
S 20 | 15 | 7 | 0 — 42
SFM— Trelin Thomas 32 pass from Maurice Flournoy (Daniel Diaz kick), 9:43
SFM— E’Quan Dorris 67 run (Diaz kick), 8:03
SFM— Dorris 9 run (kick failed), 2:26
R— Keichard Green 1 run (kick failed), 5:01
S— JeShaun Jones 86 kick return (Diaz kick), 4:43
S— Riley Ware 1 run (Ware run), 0:42
S— Ware 1 run (Diaz kick), 6:49
R— Malcolm Spencer 13 run (Jean Pier D’Alessandro kick), 0:37
Passing—R: Daniel Ulmer 7-15, 51 yards, 2 INT; SFM: Maurice Flournoy 5-8, 88 yards, TD
Rushing—R: Malcolm Spencer 16-123, Quantavious Brown 8-31, Daniel Ulmer 6-(minus 8), Keichard Green 1-1, Zach Sanders 4-7; SFM: Quan Dorris 12-126, Riley Ware 13-66, Maurice Flournoy 4-34, Eddie Teague 3-9
Receiving—R: Malcolm Spencer 2-0, Charles Codie 1-8, Quantavious Brown 1-7, Delshan Layne 1-8, Dante Quintella 2-21; SFM: Trelin Thomas 1-32, Shyheem Taylor 1-3, Austin Smith 2-38, JeShaun Jones 1-26