In 2003, quarterback Nate Allen and wide receiver Taurus Johnson established themselves as the best pass-and-catch tandem in the 25-year history of Cape Coral football. The duo set a total of 13 offensive records, including single-season standards for completions (96), receptions (40), passing yards (1,606) and receiving yards (831).However, those impressive numbers still failed to add up to a winning season, as the Seahawks finished 4-6, failing to surpass the .500 mark for the eighth consecutive year.”The records were nice, but I’m not out there just for me,” Allen said. “We wanted to make the playoffs, so it was a disappointing year.”
Playoffs? Cape Coral has qualified for the postseason just twice, most recently in 1993, when all Allen and Johnson knew about Xs and Os were that they belonged in the alphabet. History aside, Johnson believes the time is ripe for a football renaissance for the Seahawks.”This year, we’re going to blow it up,” said Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior. “We’ve got everything we need. We’re going to make people know that Cape Coral is not just any team. We’ll be THE team this year.”
Johnson’s confidence stems from his belief in Allen, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound junior who already owns two career passing marks for the Seahawks.”He’s got a great arm,” Johnson said. “And his field vision, it’s just unbelievable, Last year he was good, but this year, he’s great.”On the field, the pair possess a synergy that all quarterbacks and wideouts strive for, that unspoken bond that allows one player to know what the other is doing and thinking at all times. Their unity is just as strong once they step off the gridiron.
“We’re always together,” Allen said. “He comes over my house all the time to hang out and we throw on our own. That helps us a whole lot.””That’s like my brother,” Johnson added. “On the field, off the field, it doesn’t matter, we communicate very well. Me and him, we’ve got a great relationship.”
News-Press File photo* First-year Cape Coral coach Nick Gasparato inherits a wealth of talented running backs and receivers for the 2004 season.