The Cape Coral Seahawks cranked up the offense Friday night.
Cape had a 28-point lead in the second quarter on the way to a 42-24 victory in a kickoff classic high school football game against Riverdale.
Cape Coral quarterbacks Dylan Bontrager and Eliot Pierce combined for four touchdown passes. Bontrager played the first 2½ quarters before giving way to Pierce.
The Seahawks spotted Riverdale a 10-0 lead, then exploded for 35 first-half points. Junior quarterback Bontrager connected on touchdown passes of 74 yards to Miguel Repress, 15 yards to Rhasheed Jiles and 40 yards to Keashawn McCoy. Bontrager had 200 yards passing.
Pierce threw a short pass to Rasheen Bailey, who broke free for 75 yards for a fourth-quarter TD.
Senior running back Eamon Smart ran in a score from 4 yards out and senior James Zamor scooped up a fumbled snap on a Riverdale punt attempt and scored a 20-yard touchdown.
“Once we got the offense going and the defense going … We’re not bad,” Cape Coral coach Larry Gary said. “We’ve still got some kinks we’ve got to iron out. The penalties — too many of those — and we gave up one or two big plays. And turnovers. We’ve got to take care of that stuff.”
Riverdale jumped out front on Brian Abrams’ 37-yard field goal and Jesse Lighthall’s 13-yard TD pass to Malcolm Smith.
Van Edwards ran 8 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and Lighthall ran it in from 2 yards in the game’s final moments.
“They played it all the way out,” Riverdale coach Rob Hinson said of his team. “They didn’t give up. I can’t say how many penalties we had, how many times we shot ourselves in the foot.”
The Raiders were crippled by penalties in the first half, being flagged 14 times for 100 yards. The total penalty yardage hit 155 for Riverdale by game’s end.
“We’ve just got to learn from our mistakes,” Hinson said. “I think if we clean up our mistakes we’ll be fine.”
Zamor had another big play on defense when his hit on Lighthall led to a Repress interception. Angel Torres forced a fumble that Hakeem Thomas recovered for the Seahawks.
Cape Coral had some problems hanging onto the ball on punt returns. The Seahawks had six fumbles, losing three.
The action begins for real next Friday when the Seahawks travel to East Lee County and the Raiders play at South Fort Myers.
“This was a warmup,” Gary said. “We had a couple of bumps and bruises. We’ve got to take care of those and go from there.”
R: Brian Abrams FG 37
R: Jesse Lighthall 13 pass to Malcolm Smith (Abrams kick)
CC: Dylan Bontrager 74 pass to Miguel Repress (Matteo Perez kick)
CC: Bontrager 15 pass to Rhasheed Jiles (Perez kick)
CC: Eamon Smart 4 run (Perez kick)
R: Van Edwards 8 run (Abrams kick)
CC: Bontrager 40 pass to Keashawn McCoy (Perez kick)
CC: James Zamor 20 fumble recovery TD (Perez kick)