Rebounding from a crushing district loss against Moore Haven that all but eliminated their postseason hopes, the St. John Neumann Celtics defeataed Southwest Florida Christian Academy on homecoming night at Celtic Field in Naples.
“Our kids did exactly what we asked them to do this week,” Celtic coach Steve Howey said. “We worked hard in practice and came out tonight with a sense of urgency. I’m especially proud of how our seniors stepped up.”
The Celtics won with a dominant defense. On the game’s third play from scrimmage, sophomore Noel Lamas picked off SFCA quarterback Terrance De Avila and sauntered 35 yards for a touchdown. Junior John Augustin also returned an interception for a score (45 yards) and then Lamas struck again with an acrobatic interception and 19-yard run for a touchdown that closed the Celtics near flawless first half. All told, the Celtics defense scored 4 touchdowns and held the Kings to 176 yards of total offense.
The Celtics (6-3; 4-2) close their season next week against the ECS Sentinels where they have an opportunity to achieve their best record in 5 years.