Two touchdowns in the first 36 seconds and a suffocating defensive performance helped secure South Fort Myers’ 47-0 home win over Riverdale on Friday night.
The Wolfpack (1-0) assaulted the Riverdale backfield so effectively that if it were not for an 18-yard carry by Malcolm Smith in the last minute of the first half, the Raiders (0-1) would have headed to the locker room with 1 yard of total offense.
“They performed,” South coach Grant Redhead said. “I was very impressed. When they ran the ball, we hit. We played on the front, linebacker and secondary level. We had a great game. That’s the way you’ve got to play defense to have a good ball club and put it all together.”
Jaquadvias Byrd introduced the 2013 season by returning the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. On Riverdale’s first play from scrimmage, running back Jamal Watkins fumbled the ball and turned it over. Keith Smith then turned South’s first offensive play into a touchdown, lofting a 28-yard pass to I’Tavius Harvin in the end zone.
The Raiders had a chance to stop the South rally later in the period when Ryan Pulley intercepted a Smith pass. But the Raiders followed with a three-and-out, which effectively doomed their chances.
“We had some trouble moving the ball on them,” Riverdale coach Rob Hinson said. “That’s a good defense. Their box players are really good.”
E’Quan Dorris, a freshman, carried the ball 7 times for 35 yards in his high school debut.
“He’s doing good,” Redhead said. “It took about halfway through the first practice for him to move up to the second team.”
SFM: Jaquadvias Byrd 98-yd kick return (Jacob Althouse kick)
SFM: I’Tavius Harvin 28 pass from Keith Smith (Althouse kick)
SFM: E’Quan Dorris 6 run (pass failed)
SFM: Harvin 26 pass from Smith (Althouse kick)
SFM: Ke’Shon Murray 79 punt return (Althouse kick)
SFM: Teh’Ron Fuller 37 interception return (kick missed)
SFM: Dorris 2 run (Althouse kick)