There’s no panic in the ‘Pack.
South Fort Myers, which shares the top spot with Naples in the News-Press’ area rankings, preserved its undefeated season by rallying from a 13-point deficit late in the third quarter to hang a stinging 28-27 defeat on Charlotte on Friday night on South’s homecoming.
“The kids trust what we call, and they trust each other,” Wolfpack coach Grant Redhead said. “They don’t hang their heads and go, ‘Ahhh.’ They could take the easy way out. But they didn’t.”
They trust each other, and they really trust running back Robert Brown. The electrifying 5-foot-8, 155-pound senior — who ran the ball 22 times for 202 yards and a touchdown — carried seven times on the game-winning drive, which started on the 20 after Austin Taylor’s missed 29-yard field goal with 7:20 left and finished with Kelsey Dawson’s 5-yard TD run with 1:44 left.
“We knew we were going to win,” Brown said. “We come out every week and put on a show. We all just stuck together. We all have got a special chemistry together. We’ve got a good bond. They (Charlotte) killed us last year. This year, we came out and put on a show.”
The Wolfpack (9-0), who were giving up just 7.1 points per game, were physically dominated by the offensive line of the Tarpons (5-3), which opened up all the room University of Indiana-bound running back Clyde Newton needed to gash them for 210 yards and one TD on 30 carries — most of them bruising runs straight up the middle.