The Island Coast Gators wore down after a good start Friday night.
The Gators dropped to 0-3 after losing 37-13 to Sarasota in Island Coast’s home opener.
Sarasota outscored Island Coast 27-6 in the second half.
The Gators have faced three teams, who are currently unbeaten, in South Fort Myers, Naples, and Sarasota (3-0).
“We’ve got a couple of injuries, and we came out a little flat,” Island Coast coach John Schwochow said.
“The first two games, we competed. Today we were a little flat.”
CJ Smith got the Gators on the board first with a 4-yard run. Smith’s 21-yard gain set up the score.
Gators quarterback Kory Curtis had to operate without his best target, Marlon Gaymon, who was in a cast Friday night.
Curtis’ biggest play of the night, a 70-yard catch and run by Isiah Crawford, didn’t result in points. The Gators’ drive stalled and Curtis missed a 33-yard field goal.
After Smith’s TD run, things slowly but surely went downhill for Island Coast.
Quarterback Bryan Gagg ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more for the Sailors.
Gagg’s 2-yard quarterback keeper tied the score at 7 in the second quarter.
Sarasota took the lead at the half on Austin Weigman’s 23-yard field goal as time expired in the second.
Things got out of hand in the second half.
Gagg scored again, this time on a 4-yard run, as Sarasota opened a 17-7 advantage in the third quarter.
Deric DuBose caught 20- and 36-yarrd touchdown passes from Gagg in the fourth quarter.
Jamar Eason took a blocked punt back 42 yards for an Island Coast touchdown. Thomas Wiltse blocked the punt to set up Eason’s score with 4:42 to play.
However, the Sailors got that one back. Sarasota’s Xahari Hawkins closed out the scoring, taking a completed pass away from an Island Coast receiver and returning it 20 yards for a touchdown with 1:07 to play.
Island Coast intercepted Gagg twice in the first half.
“I’m going back to the drawing board early in the morning to see if I can figure it all out,” Schwochow said. “We’ve got to make sure we focus more on the little things.”
SARASOTA 37, ISLAND COAST 13
S 0 | 10 | 7 | 20 — 37
IC 7 | 0 | 0 | 6 —13
IC: CJ Smith 4 run (Gustavo De Paulo kick)
S: Bryan Gagg 2 run (Austin Weigman kick)
S: Weigman FG 23
S: Gagg 4 run (Weigman kick)
S: Deric DuBose 20 pass from Gagg (Weigman kick)
S: DuBose 36 pass from Gagg (kick failed)
IC: Jamar Eason 42 punt block return (kick failed)
S: Xahari Hawkins 20 fumble return (Weigman kick)
Passing — Sarasota, Bryan Gagg, 14-26-2 194. Island Coast, Kory Curtis 10-30-1 158.
Rushing — Sarasota, Trayvon Hall 26-142, Dyshone Hayes 1-15, Davis Gurr 9-28, Gagg 6-17, Xahari Hawkins 3-18, Julian Cupo 3-13. Island Coast, Jerry Cambric 6-19, Curtis 3-(-12), CJ Smith 9-21.
Receiving — Sarasota, Hayes 4-30, Hall 1-14, David Steber 2-17, Deric DuBose 4-88, Hawkins 3-54. Island Coast, Marcus Evans 4-35, Isiah Crawford 2-83, Drew Lusk 3-38, Smith Joseph 1-2.