High school football previews, Week 2

High school football previews, Week 2


High school football previews, Week 2


All games at 7:30 p.m. unless noted. Follow live game coverage at mobilehsfootball.com

Game of the week

Dunbar (0-1) at South Fort Myers (1-0)

* What to watch for: Dunbar – The Tigers fell to Naples 21-13 in the season opener last week after combining for 14 penalties, dropping a touchdown pass and having two turnovers.The Tigers must eliminate the turnovers and cut down on the penalties in order to stand a chance, which it has with an athletic offense guided by junior quarterback Daniel Cobb and senior receivers Reyshene Bronson and Joe Williams. South Fort Myers – The Wolfpack overpowered Riverdale 47-0 last week. “We’ve got a very balanced football team full of very good players,” South coach Grant Redhead said. “We don’t have a superstar, but we’re solid across the board.” The matchup with Dunbar came about because Cypress Lake and Estero would not schedule South. “We had to pick up some games,” Redhead said. “It worked out fine. These teams are going to help us get ready for district play.”

* The News-Press pick: South Fort Myers 42, Dunbar 21

Immokalee (0-1) at Clewiston (1-0)

* What to watch for: Immokalee – The Indians are coming off a 33-0 loss to Olney (Md.) Our Lady of Good Counsel, a team that entered this season nationally ranked No. 19. Senior RB D’Ernest Johnson, a Division I recruit, rushed for just 10 yards on 12 carries in the season opener. “He took the Good Counsel loss hard,” coach Rich Dombroski said. “Now, we didn’t block anybody up front. Their offensive and defensive lines dominated ours.” That will need to change this week, Dombroski said. Clewiston – The Tigers are coming off a 63-12, season-opening victory last week against Jupiter Christian.

* The News-Press pick: Immokalee 28, Clewiston 14

Fort Myers (1-0) at North Fort Myers (0-1)

* What to watch for: Fort Myers — The Green Wave racked up more than 400 yards rushing in their 58-7 win over Bishop Verot. QB Dylan DeGroot had 106 yards rushing and 50 passing while T.J. Morgan ran for 104 yards and three touchdowns and Terrance Moore had 81 yards and two TDs. North Fort Myers — A 28-3 loss to Braden River shows the Red Knights still have a ways to improve. Senior QB Brandon Makar’s passing gives North some reason for optimism.

* The News-Press pick: Fort Myers 42, North Fort Myers 13

Cocoa (0-1) at East Lee County (0-1)

* Time: 7 p.m.

* What to watch for: Cocoa – The Tigers opened their season with a 17-14 loss to Washington D.C. Gonzaga. Cocoa, which had advanced to six consecutive state semifinals, has a deep and speedy offensive backfield, led by senior running back Lorenzo Pratt and junior running back Jamel Dean. East Lee County – The Jaguars struggled in a 45-14 loss to Cape Coral last week. East Lee’s defense will have a hard time stopping Cocoa’s running game.

* The News-Press pick: Cocoa 42, East Lee 7

Naples (1-0) at Golden Gate (1-0)

* Time: 7 p.m.

* What to watch for: Naples – The Golden Eagles came away with a 21-13 win at Dunbar last week. Junior quarterback Michael Walker rushed for a pair of touchdowns. Naples is 8-0 all-time against Golden Gate, including a 43-10 victory last season. Golden Gate — The Titans defeated visiting Miami Goleman 22-7 last week, behind junior running back Isaiah D’Haiti’s 172 rushing yards and two scores. Senior quarterback Taylor Anderson also had a strong game, completing 15 of 18 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown.

* The News-Press pick: Naples 24, Golden Gate 14

Island Coast (0-1) at Riverdale (0-1)

* What to watch for: Island Coast – The Gators squandered an early 14-point lead at Baker last week, committing six turnovers in a 32-14 loss. The Gators will look to get their running game going against a Raiders defense that has been generous in the early going. Riverdale — The Raiders were thoroughly outplayed in a 47-0 loss at South Fort Myers last week. Riverdale has struggled with penalties and turnovers.

* The News-Press pick: Island Coast 27, Riverdale 21

Barron Collier (1-0) at Charlotte (1-0)

* What to watch for: Barron Collier – Nate Doyle scored three touchdowns and Derren Pass two in the Cougars’ 50-6 win over Braddock last Friday. Charlotte — The Tarpons had a wild 37-35 win over North Port as Austin Roberts kicked a 23-yard field goal on the game’s final play.

* The News-Press pick: B.C. 23, Charlotte 21

Baker (1-0) at Key West (0-1)

* What to watch for: Baker – The Bulldogs roared back from a 14-3 halftime deficit against Island Coast, behind senior quarterback Sage Attwood, who threw for 180 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Key West – The Conchs fell 39-34 to visiting Coral Springs Charter last week.

* The News-Press pick: Baker 34, Key West 20

Estero (1-0) at Cape Coral (1-0)

* What to watch for: Estero – The Wildcats got off to a fast start for new coach Mark Jackson, topping Mariner 49-8 in his regular season debut. Junior quarterback Cody Long completed 18 of 24 passes for 259 yards and six touchdowns. Estero’s wide open attack will face a stiffer challenge from an athletic Cape Coral secondary. Cape Coral — The Seahawks also feature an impressive junior passer in Dylan Bontrager, who passed for 285 yards and three touchdowns in last week’s 45-14 win at East Lee County. Cape can also get it done on the ground behind the physical running of senior back Eamon Smart.

* The News-Press pick: Cape Coral 41, Estero 35

Palmetto Ridge (1-0) at Mariner (0-1)

* What to watch for: Palmetto Ridge – After belting Lehigh 41-12 and showing an ability to run (Tony Lesende 105 yards rushing) and pass (Andy Garcia 203 yards), the Bears could be one of the surprise teams in Southwest Florida. Mariner – Getting spanked 49-8 by Estero isn’t the kind of opener new coach James Hale sought. Six turnovers and six passing TDs given up meant for a long night.

* The News-Press pick: Palmetto Ridge 30, Mariner 14

Gateway Charter (0-1) at Cypress Lake (0-1)

* What to watch for: Gateway Charter – The Griffins showed improved defense in a 29-0 loss to Southwest Florida Christian Academy. Now they need to get their offense going. Cypress Lake – This is a great chance for the Panthers to end a 17-game losing streak that goes back to the 2011 season. They got behind St. John Neumann 25-6 last week before a rally came up short in a 32-20 loss. Running back Clifford Moore lit it up again with 179 yards rushing for Cypress Lake.

* The News-Press pick: Cypress Lake 42, Gateway Charter 7

Arcadia DeSoto (0-1) at Lehigh (0-1)

* What to watch for: DeSoto – The Bulldogs lost to Lake Region 19-18 in their season opener. Lehigh – The Lightning have gotten off to bad starts so far this season. They trailed Palmetto Ridge 27-0 at halftime in a 41-12 loss.

* The News-Press pick: DeSoto 34, Lehigh 21

Marco Island (1-0) at Community School (1-0)

* Time: 7 p.m.

* What to watch for: Marco Island -Marco Island had 263 passing yards and another 124 rushing in its 44-0 shutout of Oasis. Community School — The Seahawks threw for four touchdowns and also recorded two safeties in a 45-0 win over Imagine.

* The News-Press pick: Community School 45, Marco Island 20

North Port (0-1) at Lely (0-1)

* Time: 7 p.m.

* What to watch for: North Port – The Wildcats are coming off a 37-35 loss against Charlotte. Lely — The Trojans look to rebound this week after losing to Clearwater Central Catholic 48-10.

* The News-Press pick: Lely 23, North Port 20

Westland Hialeah (1-0) at Gulf Coast (1-0)

* Time: 7 p.m.

* What to watch for: Westland Hialeah – The Wildcats delivered a dominating performance last week by defeating Hialeah Gardens 46-8. Gulf Coast — In the past two weeks, the Sharks won their preseason classic and regular season opener by a combined score of 76-16. Gulf Coast won two games all of last year.

* The News-Press pick: Gulf Coast 28, Hialeah 21

St. John Neumann (1-0) at Oasis (0-1)

* Location: Storm Field

* Time: 7 p.m.

* What to watch for: St. John Neumann: The Celtics will look to lean on running back John Augustin (158 yards, three touchdowns) as much as they did in their 32-20 victory over Cypress Lake. Oasis — The Sharks hope to put last week behind them after they lost to Marco Island Academy 44-0.

* The News-Press pick: St. John Neumann 45, Oasis 7

ECS (1-0) at LaBelle (0-1)

* What to watch for: ECS – After scoring 45 points in the first quarter of a 65-12 win over novice independent Canterbury last week, the Sentinels’ new head coach and young roster will get a better measure of this season’s prospects tonight at LaBelle. LaBelle – the Cowboys were routed 42-7 last week at Sarasota Cardinal Mooney.

* The News-Press pick: LaBelle 31, ECS 14

Canterbury (0-1) at SFCA (1-0)

* Time: 4 p.m.

* What to watch for: Canterbury – The Cougars’ first game of 11-man varsity football showed how far they have to go. Canterbury lost three kickoffs to ECS during a 65-12 rout last week. SFCA – the Kings had two offensive touchdowns, one defensive and one on special teams in last week’s 29-0 win over Gateway.

* The News-Press pick: SFCA 35, Canterbury 7

Bishop Verot (0-1) at Lemon Bay (0-1)

* What to watch for: Bishop Verot – The Vikings trailed host Fort Myers only 3-0 after the first quarter last week before falling behind 51-0 in the third quarter on the way to a 58-7 defeat. Lemon Bay – The Manta Rays lost their opener 45-6 at Port Charlotte.

* The News-Press pick: Lemon Bay 27, Bishop Verot 17

First Baptist (1-0) at Pompano Beach Highlands Christian (0-0)

* Time: 7 p.m.

* What to watch for: First Baptist – The Lions have outscored their first two foes 105-6. Tyler Dean threw for 172 yards and three touchdowns while Jack Bueltel threw for 98 yards and two TDs in the 53-0 win over Coral Springs last week. Highlands Christian — The Knights are making their regular-season opener.

* The News-Press pick: First Baptist 35, Highlands Christian 10


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