As the clock headed toward zero, Jeshuan Jones started moving to the groove of the South Fort Myers High School band.
The clock hit zero, and Jones and the Wolfpack celebrated something no other Lee County team has done since 2010.
South Fort Myers defeated Naples 42-35 on Pete Staver Field in Naples, becoming the first Lee County team to defeat the Golden Eagles since the state playoffs in 2010, when Sammy Watkins, now with the Buffalo Bills, guided the Wolfpack to a 28-21 playoff victory.
South Fort Myers improved to 8-0, while Naples fell to 7-1.
“It was a huge win,” Jones said. “Everybody doubted us all season. And we came from nothing, I felt like.”
Jones caught eight passes for 111 yards, including a 73-yard touchdown with 9:52 remaining in the second quarter for a 21-8 lead.
“It practice, we’ve done that play a lot,” Jones said. “I saw the hole. I ran in and just kept going.”
The Wolfpack passing game thrived under the guidance of senior quarterback Maurice Flournoy, who completed 15-of-19 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Flournoy also rushed 11 times for 67 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown with 7:36 remaining for a 35-28 lead.
“He managed the game well,” South Fort Myers interim coach Matt Holderfield said. “When we needed him to make a play, he’d make a terrific play. I give all the credit to him.”
Naples attempted to rally late in the fourth quarter, with Lucas Lee recovering a fumble in the end zone, pulling within a touchdown with 1:24 remaining. But the ensuing onside kick went to South Fort Myers, which ran out the clock.
South Fort Myers senior running back Riley Ware rushed seven times for 97 yards and two touchdowns, including a 72-yard touchdown.
“They’re super hard to tackle, great in space, big and strong up front on both sides,” Naples coach Bill Kramer said. “Nothing everybody doesn’t already know. They played their best game of the year tonight, which is how it should be. And I really wish that we would have. Hats off to them.”
South Fort Myers 42, Naples 25
S 14 | 7 | 7 | 21 – 42
N 0 | 22 | 6 | 7 – 35
S — Riley Ware 7 run (Daniel Diaz kick), 8:42
S — Jeshuan Jones 13 pass from Maurice Flournoy (Diaz kick), 4:35
N — Jordan Persad-Tirone 1 run (Persad-Tirone run)
S — Jones 73 pass from Flournoy (Diaz kick), 9:52
N — Wooby Theork 69 kickoff return (Adrian Gorrostieta kick), 6:22
N — Patrick Pierre 6 run (Gorrostieta kick), 2:24
N — Theork 17 pass from Persad-Tirone (kick blocked), 10:42
S — Quan Dorris 27 run (Diaz kick), 1:00
S — Flournoy 51 run (Diaz kick), 7:36
S — Ware 72 run (Diaz kick), 3:22
N — Lucas Lee recovered fumble in end zone (Gorrostieta kick), 1:24
S: Maurice Flournoy 15-19-1, 235 yards; N: Jordan Persad-Tirone 3-6-0, 42 yards
S: Quan Norris 24-136, Flournoy 11-67, Riley Ware 7-97; N: Patrick Pierre 12-53, Cesare Mellusi 12-56, Persad-Tirone 9-17, Carlins Devariste 1-1, Wooby Theork 1-0.
S: Brandon Lewis 4-31, Austin Smith 1-22, Jeshuan Jones 8-111, Quan Dorris 1-29, Riley Ware 1-46. S: Wooby Theork 2-31, Lucas Lee 1-11.