High school football previews, Week 11

High school football previews, Week 11


High school football previews, Week 11


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

South Fort Myers (7-2) at Immokalee (7-2)

South Fort Myers (7-2) at Immokalee (7-2)

* What to watch for: South Fort Myers – The Wolfpack are coming off a 49-15 victory against Lehigh. Coach Grant Redhead’s players never have visited Immokalee as a team, and many never have been to the town. But Redhead coached as an assistant under John Weber for seven seasons in 1997-2003 prior to moving back to Lee County and should have his players ready for the atmosphere. “I loved it,” Redhead said of coaching at Immokalee. “It was a great place to play. It’s not like I’m going there in some foreign territory. I know all about it.” Immokalee – The Indians are coming off a 20-14 victory against Lely that clinched the District 5A-15 championship. Coach Rich Dombroski said scheduling a quality opponent just prior to the playoffs was part of his strategy. Immokalee opens the postseason against Cardinal Gibbons. “They’re very physical, just like South Fort Myers is,” Dombroski said. “So our kids are going to get a dose of it. I don’t want to play a cupcake and then next week we’re getting hit in the mouth.”

* The News-Press pick: South Fort Myers 28, Immokalee 21

Bradenton IMG (8-1) at Naples (7-2)

Bradenton IMG (8-1) at Naples (7-2)

* What to watch for: IMG – The Ascenders are coached by former Florida State and NFL QB Chris Weinke and are coming off a 19-13 victory against Clearwater Central Catholic. Their roster looks something like that of a national and international All-Star team, with players coming from 13 states and eight countries and the offensive line listed in the 6-foot-4, 300-pound range. RB Bo Scarbrough has verbally committed to Alabama, and QB Michael O’Connor appears bound for Penn State. Naples – The Golden Eagles are coming off a 30-14 victory against Barron Collier and were looking for a challenge prior to postseason play. “Thankfully, we played Centerville (Ohio), and thankfully, we played Hialeah,” Naples coach Bill Kramer said in terms of preparing for IMG’s size up front. Naples opens the postseason at home next week against Palm Bay Bayside. “It helps you get ready for that,” Kramer said.

* The News-Press pick: Naples 35, IMG 31

Bishop Verot (5-3) at

North Fort Myers (3-6)

Bishop Verot (5-3) at North Fort Myers (3-6)

* What to watch for: Bishop Verot – The Vikings are coming off a 35-10 loss to Sarasota Cardinal Mooney and play Clearwater Central Catholic on the road next week in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs. “We’re definitely focused on playing North,” Verot coach Phil Dorn said. “We’re not going to get ahead of ourselves. We’re looking forward to a tough ballgame. They’re a better football team than they were a year ago. They’re going to run the ball and be physical. They had a big win last week against Dunbar, so their kids are going to be up for us. We’re going to try and bounce back from our loss last week.” North Fort Myers – The Red Knights lost to the Vikings 37-7 last season but have some momentum heading into the rematch, having defeated Dunbar 21-20 last week.

* The News-Press pick: North Fort Myers 28, Bishop Verot 24

Cypress Lake (1-8) at

Estero (4-5)

Cypress Lake (1-8) at Estero (4-5)

* What to watch for: Cypress Lake – The Panthers will be playing their second game under interim coach Patrick McCarthy after losing to Lemon Bay 42-0 last week. They played that game with a mostly junior varsity roster following team suspensions for the majority of the varsity team for arguing with officials the previous week at the end of a loss to Mariner. A win this week will help give the Panthers some momentum as they enter the offseason. Estero – The Wildcats are coming off a 41-21 victory against Palmetto Ridge in which starting QB Cody Long suffered a broken arm after passing for 226 yards and rushing for 39 yards. This game will give Estero a chance to prepare a new passing attack prior to the postseason.

* The News-Press pick: Estero 35, Cypress Lake 6

Charlotte (5-4) at

East Lee County (0-8)

Charlotte (5-4) at East Lee County (0-8)

* What to watch for: Charlotte – The Tarpons lost 33-28 to rival Port Charlotte last week but still claimed the District 7A-11 runner-up slot. They are 2-1 this year against Lee County teams, beating district foes Fort Myers and Riverdale losing to Baker. East Lee County – The Jaguars last week endured their worst loss of what’s been a long season, falling 53-6 to Baker.

* The News-Press pick: Charlotte 42, East Lee County 14

Lehigh (1-8) at

Riverdale (2-6)

Lehigh (1-8) at Riverdale (2-6)

* What to watch for: Lehigh – The Lightning lead the annual ‘I’m Gonna Ring Your Bell’ matchup with neighboring Riverdale 10-8, but lost 28-20 last season after squandering a 20-0 halftime lead and allowing three fourth-quarter touchdowns. Riverdale – The Raiders surrendered 507 total yards and a season-high 61 points in last week’s 38-point loss to Fort Myers. This annual meeting always seems to go down to the wire and tonight should be no exception.

* The News-Press pick: Riverdale 31, Lehigh 28

Dunbar (5-4) at

Fort Myers (6-3)

Dunbar (5-4) at Fort Myers (6-3)

* What to watch for: Dunbar – The Tigers dropped their second consecutive game last week, losing 21-20 to North Fort Myers after surrendering a touchdown with no time left to play. While its spot in the state playoffs is secure, Dunbar will seek to regain some momentum in tonight’s regular season finale. The return of junior quarterback Daniel Cobb, who missed the past two games, should help jolt an offense that’s struggled in his absence. Fort Myers – The Green Wave scored 126 points in lopsided wins over Estero and Riverdale the past two weeks. The ground game, led by Terrance Moore and T.J. Morgan, who combined for 325 rushing yards in last week’s 61-23 win over the Raiders, has led the way. Fort Myers leads the series with Dunbar 4-2, but the Tigers have won the past two meetings.

* The News-Press pick: Dunbar 26, Fort Myers 23

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

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

* Time: 7 p.m.

* What to watch for: Palmetto Ridge – The Bears lost 41-21 last week against Estero, which eliminated the team from postseason contention. Now the team will look to finish out the season with a winning record. Golden Gate – The Titans will also be playing this game for bragging rights in the 10th annual “Battle of the Gate” after missing out on the postseason. Golden Gate enters this game as winners of three out of their last four.

* The News-Press pick: Palmetto Ridge 24, Golden Gate 20

Barron Collier (3-5) at

Lely (3-6)

Barron Collier (3-5) at Lely (3-6)

* Time: 7 p.m.

* What to watch for: Barron Collier – The Cougars lost last week to Naples 30-14, which is their fifth defeat in six games. Lely – The Trojans are getting hot at the right time, winning three of their last four games. Last week, the team almost pulled the upset in the District 5A-15 championship last week against Immokalee, but lost 20-14. Regardless, Lely will take part in the Class 5A playoffs, with its first-round matchup being played at Plantation American Heritage next week.

* The News-Press pick: Lely 20, Barron Collier 16

Moore Haven (5-3) at

LaBelle (3-6)

Moore Haven (5-3) at LaBelle (3-6)

* What to watch for: Moore Haven – The Terriers are entering this game as winners of five of their last six. This winning streak helped the team clinch a second straight Class 2A playoff berth. LaBelle – Two of the Cowboys’ three wins this year were against district opponents Avon Park and Lake Placid. These two wins helped propel the team into the Class 4A playoffs, with Cocoa hosting LaBelle in next week’s regional semifinal.

* The News-Press pick: LaBelle 28, Moore Haven 21

Pompano Beach Highlands Christian (0-9) vs. Marco Island Academy (2-7)

Pompano Beach Highlands Christian (0-9) vs. Marco Island Academy (2-7)

* Location: Winterberry Park

* Time: 7 p.m.

* What to watch for: Highlands Christian – In their last two losses, the Knights defense has given up at least 50 points. Marco Island – In the Manatees’ seven losses this year, the defense has not given up less than 46 points to an opponent.

* The News-Press pick: Highlands Christian 35, Marco Island 27

SFCA (5-4) at St. Petersburg Canterbury (6-3)

SFCA (5-4) at St. Petersburg Canterbury (6-3)

* Time: 7 p.m.

* What to watch for: SFCA – The Kings shook off a three-game losing streak last week with a 28-13 win against Miami Archbishop Carroll, their fifth of the season, which marks the best in program history. St. Petersburg Canterbury – After starting the season 5-0, the Crusaders have lost three of their last four.

* The News-Press pick: Canterbury 29, SFCA 26

The News-Press Top 10

1. Immokalee (7-2)

The Indians rallied past Lely 20-14 to win the District 5A-15 title last week.

2. Naples (7-2)

The Golden Eagles will host Bradenton IMG Academy tonight at Staver Field.

T3. Island Coast (7-2)

The Gators completed their regular season schedule with a 49-7 loss at Fort Lauderdale University last week.

T3. South Fort Myers (7-2)

The Wolfpack will travel to Immokalee tonight for a showdown between a pair of district champions.

5. Baker (9-1)

The Bulldogs will visit Winter Haven for a Region 6A-3 state playoff quarterfinal next week.

6. Port Charlotte (8-0)

The Pirates earned their first district title with a 33-28 victory over rival Charlotte.

7. Dunbar (5-4)

The Tigers will look to regroup tonight at Fort Myers after consecutive losses.

8. Fort Myers (6-3)

The Green Wave have scored 126 points in wins over Estero and Riverdale the past two weeks.

9. First Baptist (9-1)

The Lions will host Tampa Carrollwood Day in a Region 2A-3 semifinal next week.

10. Cape Coral (7-3)

The Seahawks closed out their season with a 49-6 win over rival Mariner last week.


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