The Rich Dombroski and Dave Smith eras at Immokalee and East Lee County started slow Friday night.
But they sure picked up speed in their spring football scrimmages at Immokalee High, particularly the Indians.
Immokalee rallied to beat Cape Coral 14-7 in the first game and East Lee County rallied to beat Cape 12-7 in Game 2.
The Indians then beat the Jaguars 34-8 — they scored 27 straight.
The three teams played two, 12-minute quarters against each other.
D’Ernest Johnson, one of four Division I prospects on this year’s Indians team, had 137 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown against East Lee. Immokalee scored TDs on all five possessions.
“I told D to get ready to run, run, run,” Dombroski said. “We wanted to attack. There’s no reason to do something we don’t need to do. We’re good at passing, we have a lot of things in our arsenal but we took what they gave us. We wanted to run right at them.”
Quarterback Louinelson Celian scored two touchdowns as seemed to get better the more reps he got. He struggled with the offense early as the Indians didn’t score in their first three possessions against Cape Coral.
“We needed that quarter to warm up,” Dombroski said. “We’ve been hitting each other 2 ½ weeks. The kids were unsure of themselves. The second quarter we picked it up and found our rhythm and this game we came out strong.
Celian guided the Indians to 80- and 58-yard scoring drives in the second quarter. He culminated the first drive with a 9-yard touchdown run while Taeler ‘Butterbean’ Porter had the tie-breaking TD on an 18-yard jaunt with 1:04 left.
Johnson’s hard running led to 28, 14, 12 and 9-yard rushes. He also took a Celian screen 16 yards.
With six players out, five of them offensive linemen, Smith admitted he was trying to put pieces together.
“It’s a work in progress,” he said. “I’m getting to know these kids.”
Winfred Ward threw a pretty 48-yard TD pass to Kendall Sawyer against Cape while he completely turned momentum with a 98-yard interception for a score.
He gave Immokalee fits early with his scrambling and passing. His 21-yard TD pass to Antwan Carter and two-point pass gave the Jaguars an 8-7 lead.
Coach Larry Gary thought his team played hard.
They scored first in both games – Eamon Smart’s 22-yard run against Immokalee and 2-yard plunge against East Lee – but the Seahawks couldn’t sustain it.
With a couple of his players out because of injuries, Gary said he’ll look at tape to see how his players lined up.