Two teams that combined for a 22-4 record last season were willing to wait as long as necessary to play a spring football game Friday night at Island Coast High School.
Following a 90-minute lightning delay, Fort Myers showed the Island Coast Gators that despite losing 24 seniors to graduation, including 10 who are moving on to play football in college, the Green Wave still have the personnel to win.
Fort Myers defeated Island Coast 35-14 while showing smooth transitions on the ground with rising junior running back Darrian Felix, and through the air with new quarterback Edwitch Merisier, a rising senior who played defensive back and wide receiver last season.
“We’ve got some good, young kids,” said Fort Myers coach Sam Sirianni Jr., whose team went 12-1 in 2014. “The biggest question mark is we’re totally rebuilding up front.”
Felix, who already has an assortment of Division I scholarship offers, remains the only returning starter on offense. He scored on a 5-yard run at the start of the second quarter for a 14-7 Fort Myers lead, one the Green Wave never relinquished.
Felix scored again midway through the third quarter on a 62-yard run for a 35-7 lead. He had more than 100 rushing yards.
Island Coast, which went 10-3 last season under Wayne Blair, has yet to begin its second search for a successor.
Island Coast Principal Kristin Bueno said she has yet to readvertise the head coaching job after former Coral Springs coach Rashad West, who had accepted the job to succeed Blair, resigned less than a month into his tenure.
Blair resigned because the two-hour commute from Plantation became too tough on him and his family. West never gave a reason.
Greg Coleman, the offensive coordinator last season and the Gators’ boys basketball coach, has been the interim coach for the spring. He said he would consider applying to become the football coach.
Coleman credited rising junior quarterback Kory Curtis, who passed for 23 touchdowns last season, with providing leadership and improved accuracy.
Curtis completed 7-of-13 passes for 61 yards in the first half. Those passes went to four different receivers. He also scored his team’s first touchdown on a 2-yard run in the first quarter and accounted for his team’s last score, a 29-yard touchdown pass to Drew Lusk with a minute and 51 seconds remaining.
“We’ve been able to open up the passing game more, just because of his ability to read both sides of the field,” Coleman said.
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