Week 7 Southwest Florida high school football capsules

Week 7 Southwest Florida high school football capsules

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Week 7 Southwest Florida high school football capsules

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All games at 7:30 p.m. unless noted

Fort Myers (5-1, 1-1) at South Fort Myers (6-0, 3-0)

* What to what for: Fort Myers: This is a District 6A-11 game and all but a must-win for the Green Wave if they want to maintain control over their postseason destiny. Fort Myers is in that position after a fourth-quarter rally against Island Coast fell short, ending in a 24-21 overtime loss. The Green Wave offense struggled against the Gators, putting up just 191 total yards. Senior QB T.J. Douglas completed just 3 of 13 passes for 71 yards. He’ll need to have better results against South tonight. Last season, Fort Myers defeated the Wolfpack 35-28 in overtime, a victory that ultimately resulted in a District 6A-11 championship for the Green Wave. South Fort Myers: The Wolfpack roared back from a 22-point halftime deficit to edge Riverdale 31-28 on a last-second, 35-yard field goal by senior Conner Kammerlocher. South’s defense, which has shut out three of its six opponents this season, held the Raiders scoreless in the final two quarters to make the Wolfpack’s stirring comeback possible. Senior RB Robert Brown leads the team with 571 rushing yards (7.5 per carry) and seven touchdowns. Senior QB Andrew Dalidonis leads an effective passing game, completing 57 percent of his throws for 758 yard and six touchdowns, with just one interception. These teams are pretty evenly matched so expect this one to be decided late.

» The News-Press pick: Fort Myers 27-24

Immokalee (4-2) at Cape Coral (2-3)

* Radio: WCRM-AM (1350)

* What to watch for: Immokalee: Beaten 55-29 at Naples in early September and 19-14 at Lake Wales three weeks ago, Immokalee is still trying to figure out how good it can be, or wants to be, with its array of next-level players. The Indians handled Palmetto Ridge (52-7) and Gulf Coast (42-9) in the past month but weren’t overwhelming in a 29-21 win last week at Lely to open District 5A-12 play. Immokalee had to rally from a 21-14 deficit late in the fourth quarter against an inspired but sub-.500 Lely team. Cape Coral: Cape Coral has easy wins over winless North Fort Myers (40-2) and Cypress Lake (30-0) this season but otherwise is showing none of last year’s form that made it 5-0 in District 5A-11. The Seahawks fumbled seven times, losing three, threw two interceptions and had two major breakdowns in the punting game in a 20-3 district loss last week at Estero. Using the common opponent approach, Cape Coral lost 23-22 at home to Lely, which lost 29-21 at home last week to Immokalee.

* The News-Press pick: Immokalee 31-14

Clewiston (1-4, 1-0) at Dunbar (5-1, 2-0)

* What to watch for: Clewiston: This is a District 4A-6 game. If Clewiston wins, it is control in the quest for a district title. Likewise for Dunbar. Clewiston has 10 starters out with a variety of injuries. Four of the team’s five linebackers have had knee surgeries this year, and at least three of them are out for the season. Top RB Demarcus Terry is also out for this week. “This is the most bizarre team I’ve ever been a part of,” Clewiston coach Joe Roth said of the injuries. “I’ve never seen anything like it.” RB Virthavious Robinson at least has been healthy, having rushed for 410 yards on 55 carries the past two weeks. Dunbar: These Tigers have showed defensive intensity all season, scoring another defensive touchdown last week on a 38-yard interception return by Tazje Battle. “The kids have just been playing hard,” Dunbar coach Phil Vogt said. “When we play hard, good things happen. That’s kind of where we are.” QB Daniel Cobb, a sophomore, has started all season, throwing a 23-yard TD pass last week. “He’s adapting real well,” Vogt said. “We’re putting up a lot of points. We’ve been running a lot of plays for him. He’s starting to see the field and knowing what’s out there. He’s going to get better as he matures.”

* The News-Press pick: Dunbar 42-14

North Fort Myers (0-6, 0-2) at Baker (3-2, 1-1)

* What to watch for: North Fort Myers: This is a District 6A-11 matchup. Coach Brian Makar called the Bulldogs “the best team we’ve played all year. They’re just solid all the way around. They’re big and strong up front. They play well on offense. They cover well on defense. Special teams are solid. I can’t see any weaknesses.” This does not bode well for the Red Knights, coming off a 34-9 loss to Dunbar. “We’re trying,” Makar said. “We go to practice each day and try to get better. We’re working on fundamentals. We’re going to learn from the experience. We’re hoping to improve each week.” Baker: Winning this game combined with Fort Myers defeating South Fort Myers puts the Bulldogs back into the hunt for a playoff spot and perhaps even in the running for the district title depending on what happens to other teams down the road. “We’ve only played two district games,” Baker coach Brian Conn said. “I guess we control our own destiny in terms of getting in, but not in terms of winning the district. We knew how this district was. The next district opponent is North. They’re not where they want to be, but they’re tough. They would want nothing more than to get a victory against us. We can’t let up.”

* The News-Press pick: Baker 35-6

Golden Gate (0-5) at Palmetto Ridge (1-4)

* What to watch for: Golden Gate: This is a non-district game, one the Titans are hoping will result in their first victory this season. “Offensively, we are looking to improve on our 200-yard rushing performance against Naples,” Golden Gate coach Mike DiGrigoli said. RB Breon Brown, who rushed for 1,235 yards last season, has yet to take over a game. Alex Garcia, however, rushed for 121 yards vs. Naples. Palmetto Ridge: RB Ron Johnson leads the Bears with 96 carries for 481 yards and three TDs. WR J. Morgan provides a deep threat in the passing game with 21 catches for 452 yards and six touchdowns, including one that went for 75 yards.

* The News-Press pick: Palmetto Ridge 28-21

Bishop Verot (0-6, 0-4) at Island Coast (5-1, 3-0)

* What to watch for: Bishop Verot: This is a District 6A-11 game. The injury-plagued Vikings have found it difficult to compete in the area’s best district, losing by an average of 33 points per game this season. Bishop Verot’s running game hasn’t been able to get going, averaging less than two yards per carry. Island Coast: The Gators took a 21-7 lead into the fourth quarter at Fort Myers last week, only to escape with a 24-21 overtime victory. Island Coast won without its usual offensive output, a sign that the team’s defense can lead the way if necessary.

* The News-Press pick: Island Coast 42-7

East Lee County (3-2) at Vero Beach (3-1)

* What to watch for: East Lee: The Jaguars have turned around their season after being outscored 94-0 in consecutive losses to Dunbar and South Fort Myers to open the season. East Lee’s defense, the program’s traditional weakness, is leading the way during its three-game winning streak, with eight defensive touchdowns. Senior LBs Omaris Tolbert and Bryant Richardson are among the area’s best and junior DB Kendall Sawyer highlights a talented secondary. Vero Beach: The Class 8A Indians, whose only loss was to 6A power Miami Central, will present a formidable challenge for East Lee. Vero has a high-powered passing game, led by junior QB Dalton Stokes (61 percent passing, 988 yards, 10 TDs)

* The News-Press pick: Vero Beach 35, East Lee 16

Mariner (2-3) at Port Charlotte (4-2)

* What to watch for: Mariner: Following a 2-0 start, the Tritons have been outscored 129-37 during their three-game slide. The low point came last week at East Lee County, when the host Jaguars scored four defensive touchdowns in a 49-7 victory that dropped Mariner to 0-2 in District 5A-11. Port Charlotte: The Pirates are experiencing a mild resurgence under new coach Jordan Ingman, allowing just 18.6 points per game.

* The News-Press pick: Port Charlotte 24-21

Miami Carol City (5-1) at Barron Collier (4-2)

* What to watch for: Carol City: The Chiefs are on a five-game win streak. They’ve outscored their opponents 158-124 this season, though this will be their first game against a team outside of Miami. Barron Collier: The Cougars will be looking to gain momentum after a loss to Naples last week. Their offense has only been productive on the ground, averaging 183 rushing yards a game. Barron Collier has only had one game this season with more than 20 passing yards.

* The News-Press pick: Carol City 35-13

Community School of Naples (3-2, 1-2) at Moore Haven (5-1, 4-1)

* What to watch for: CSN: This is a District 2A-6 matchup. The Seahawks have shut out their last two opponents. They’ve managed to maintain a very balanced offense, with 12 of their touchdowns coming through the air, and the other 11 on the ground. Moore Haven: The Terriers have won five games in a row, their only loss coming against First Baptist. They’ve dominated their opponents this season, averaging almost 35 points per game while allowing an average of just six.

* The News-Press pick: Moore Haven 31-14

Lely (2-4) at Gulf Coast (1-4)

* What to watch for: Lely: The Trojans have been shut out in two of their last three games. They’ve struggled to produce offensively, averaging about 160 yards per game. Gulf Coast: The Sharks will hope to earn their first win since week one. They’ve been outscored 46-176. They focus on rushing the ball, earning an average of 166 yards per game, yet they’ve only completed eight passes this season.

* The News-Press pick: Lely 20-17

DeSoto Co. (3-3) at Cypress Lake (0-6)

* What to watch for: DeSoto County: After starting the season 3-0, the Bulldogs have dropped their last three to put them at .500. Cypress Lake: The Panthers had their first lead of the season last week, going ahead 14-9 against Lehigh in the second quarter. However, Cypress Lake relinquished 31 unanswered points in the second half to lose 40-14. The Panthers have only scored 23 points and have allowed 216.

* The News-Press pick: DeSoto County 28-10

LaBelle (3-2, 1-1) at Sarasota Booker (1-4, 1-1)

* What to watch for: LaBelle: This is a District 4A-6 game. The Cowboys were scheduled to play Gateway Charter last week, but the game was postponed due to weather. LaBelle’s defense has 11 sacks on the year, with Luis Hernandez leading the way with four. Sarasota Booker: The Tornadoes defeated Lake Placid 59-27 last week to secure their first win of the season.

* The News-Press pick: LaBelle 22-16

St. John Neumann (4-2) at Gateway Charter (0-3)

* Location: East Lee County High School

* What to watch for: St. John Neumann: After starting the season 4-0, the Celtics are on a two game losing streak. RB Kendrick Mouton (eight rushing TDs) and FB Ryan O’Rourke (six receiving TDs) have led an offense that averages 31.7 points per game. Cameron Maguire and Egan Burky will return to their roles at TE and NG respectively after missing games due to injury. Gateway Charter: After a bye week and a postponed game due to rain, the Griffins have gone two weeks without playing. Coach Ken Knapczyk said he’s been happy with his defense’s play and hopes that the team can put a complete game together.

* The News-Press pick: St. John Neumann 34-14

SATURDAY

Evangelical Christian (0-6) at Southwest Florida Christian (2-2)

* Time: 7 p.m.

* Location: Bishop Verot

* What to watch for: ECS: This is a District 2A-6 game. The Sentinels have played close games in losses to Community School, LaBelle and Out-of-Door but otherwise are struggling through a rebuilding process after losing 18 seniors from last year’s squad that won the District 2A-6 title at 7-0 and 10-1 overall. SFCA: The Kings make a somber return to competition after canceling last week’s game against St. John Neumann following the lightning strike and eventual death of SFCA middle-school football player Jesse Watlington. In memory of Watlington, SFCA staff and faculty this week have been wearing purple clothing or purple ribbons decorated with Watlington’s picture and football jersey number, 51.

* The News-Press pick: SFCA 21-20

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