Estero took advantage of Cape Coral mistakes Friday night, beating the Seahawks 20-3 for a home win in District 5A-11.
“I’ll take it”, Estero coach Rich Dombrowski said. “I will take it.”
Cape Coral fumbled six times, losing two, gave up three interceptions, was called for 11 penalties and had its punter tackled twice deep in Seahawks territory.
Estero improved to 4-2 (1-1 in the district), while Cape fell to 2-3, 1-1.
“Big plays, foolish penalties, turnovers,” Seahawks coach Larry Gary said. “And we couldn’t capitalize on opportunities.”
Dombrowski said, ” I preach to my kids to play a disciplined game, and Cape Coral played an undisciplined game tonight. They did the things that we used to do that killed us.
“I know they’re a young team and coach Gary is doing a great job and he’ll get it done there. Those were the things we did the last four years that killed us. Now as we become more disciplined, we start taking the ball away and other teams start making mistakes.”
A fumble by Cape Coral quarterback Trey Daniels at his own 25 set up Christian Philips’ 22-yard touchdown pass to Rodolfo Sasso and a 7-0 Estero lead in the first quarter.
Cape’s first two punt attempts were disastrous. A bad snap got Zach Nash tackled on his own 12. On the next attempt, Nash bobbled the snap and was downed at his 22.
Both led to short Ricky Lopez field goals after Estero drives stalled inside the Seahawks’ 10.
The halftime margin could have been much more than 13-0. Two other Cape turnovers, an interception and a fumble — both in Seahawks territory — did not result in points.
The third quarter was all Cape, but only led to three points. A 9:45 drive to open the half inside the Estero 5. Matteo Perez wound up kicking a 22-yard field goal. The Wildcats only had the ball for 1:15 in the quarter.
Lopez missed a 36-yard attempt and Perez came up short on a 43-yarder in the first half.
Eamon Smart rushed for 136 yards on 16 carries to lead the Seahawks. The Cape defense, led by John Young, held Estero’s Eric McFadden to 53 yards on 24 carries. McFadden scored on a 2-yard run in the fourth.
“The guys up front did not do a good job tonight,” Dombrowski said. “We had a hard time picking up their twists.”