When Dunbar players emptied the water cooler on top of coach Sammy Brown following a 41-0 non-district rout of Island Coast, it was a celebration of things returning to normal. At least that’s what the Tigers hope.
Dunbar (4-2) returned to its winning ways after a three-weak absence, including a bye week, by sporting a ferocious defense that sacked Gators quarterback Kory Curtis six times and held Island Coast to minus-34 yards of offense.
The Tigers blew double-digit leads in both losses, including a 17-0 lead to Lely where they fell behind the 8-ball in the District 5A-12 title race.
“It’s been a while,” Brown said. “They really paid attention to details tonight. And there was no second-half letdown. “
Dunbar was up 28-0 by halftime after two Jairus Johnson touchdown passes to Kenny Benjamin and Shanon Reid as well as a Lajuan Preston rushing touchdown and a 77-yard Shocky Jacques Louis punt return for a score.
Preston finished with 135 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns, the last coming on a 60-yard scamper in the third quarter to force a 35-point lead and a running clock.
Island Coast (0-7), which has already clinched the worst record in school history, managed just two first downs. The Gators return to District 6A-10 play when they host city rival Cape Coral next week.
Dunbar begins a stretch of three straight district games next week against Cypress Lake.
“We’re just going to take it one game at a time,” Brown said. “If we lose, we’re done.”
DUNBAR 41, ISLAND COAST 0
D 14 | 14 | 7 | 6 — 41
IC 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 — 0
D – Kenny Benjamin 36 pass from Jairus Johnson (Xavier McDonald kick), 9:57
D – Lajuan Preston 7 run (McDonald kick), 7:16
D – Shocky Jacques-Louis 77 punt return (McDonald kick), 5:38
D – Shanon Reid 6 pass from Johnson (McDonald kick), 1:21
D – Preston 60 run (McDonald kick), 9:07
D – Seneca Milledge 3 run (pass failed), 4:01
Rushing – D, Lajuan Preston 12-135, Seneca Milledge 10-48, Keanu Young 11-30, Kenny Benjamin 4-16, Jairus Johnson 1-16, Antonio Carter 1-2, Tariq Thomas 4-0; IC, Calvin Smith 5-(minus 2), Jerry Cambric 2-(minus 2), Kory Curtis 7-(minus 65)
Passing – D, Johnson 3-7-0-2 56, Thomas 1-2-0-0 minus 2; IC, Curtis 5-20-1-0 35
Receiving – D, Benjamin 1-36, Shocky Jacques-Louis 1-14, Shanon Reid 1-6, Jeramiah Benjamin 1-(minus 2); IC, Marlon Gaymon 1-26, Cambric 1-8, Isiah Crawford 1-5, Bobby Martin 1-1, Calvin Smith 1-(minus 5)