The Naples football team had no problem advancing further in the state football playoffs Friday night in Staver Field.
With plenty of big plays on offense and special teams, the Golden Eagles eliminated Estero in the Class 6A region quarterfinals and moved on to the next round of the postseason.
“We wanted to start fast, and we were able to score three times on three plays to start the game,” Naples coach Bill Kramer said. “Hats off to Estero, because they did a great job just to get here.”
The Golden Eagles will now play at Fort Myers in a region semifinal game next Friday night. Kramer thinks it’s wholly appropriate for the schools to meet in such a big game.
“With Charlotte, Fort Myers and us, three of the oldest schools in the area are in the same class,” Kramer said. “Fort Myers and Naples have the oldest fan bases, so it’s cool that it works out this way.”
Naples has now won five straight playoff openers at home.
“We’re in our comfort zone here,” Kramer said. “We love our fans and love playing for them. Both teams came out and played hard. We just came out and made plays.”
Kieran DiGiorno passed for 159 yards and two scores for Naples. Carlin Fils-Aime rushed for 103 yards and one score and also caught a touchdown pass.
Wooby Theork caught four passes for 88 yards and one score.
Alec Eschenwald led the Wildcats with 38 yards rushing.
“We like to score points, and we work hard in practice to score points,” said offensive lineman Davis Olson. “This was a good warm-up game for us for next week. We have to execute a little better, but 58-0 tonight isn’t too bad, right?”
The Golden Eagles immediately took control, scoring twice with their special teams and once each via rushing and passing in the first quarter. After the first, Naples was ahead 23-0.
The Golden Eagles would lead 37-0 at halftime.