The Ida Baker Bulldogs have had trouble stopping the run.
On Friday night at Bulldogs Stadium, the South Fort Myers Wolfpack took advantage of that, defeating Ida Baker 50-21 in a matchup that went to a running clock by virtue of a 35-point lead with 10 minutes remaining.
“We focused on that Monday,” Ida Baker coach Brian Conn said of making better tackles after giving up 356 rushing yards the previous week to Cape Coral running back Isaac Washington. “We did a lot of drills. We wanted to make sure everyone rallied to the ball.”
Instead, South Fort Myers senior running back E’Quan Dorris, who wanted the “E’Quan” listed on his team’s roster dropped in favor of “Quan,” had his best game of the season.
Dorris, who has been limited with injuries for the first half of the season, rushed for a season-high 208 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries. He scored on runs of 36, 68 and 31 yards.
“I felt really good,” Dorris said, as his team improved to 6-0 after the non-district game. Ida Baker fell to 2-4. “I was reading my linemen.”
South Fort Myers senior running back Riley Ware also posed problems for the Bulldogs, rushing five times for 62 yards and two touchdowns. He also scored on a 60-yard punt return in the fourth quarter that, after junior Jeshuan Jones’ conversion run, gave the Wolfpack a 50-15 lead.
“It was great to get our team the running clock,” Ware said. “We wanted our offense to stay on the sidelines.”
That’s because South Fort Myers plays a critical district game next week at home against Riverdale.
South Fort Myers coach Matt Holderfield said it felt good to win big, especially since he wasn’t happy with his team’s performance.
“We’ve got to be better,” Holderfield said. “We made a lot of mistakes. Blocking assignments. Defensive assignments. We were all over the place. There’s a lot of things we can get better at.”
Ida Baker junior quarterback Toby Noland, who had set a single-game school passing record last week, completed 17-of-29 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns. Luke Endsley caught 11 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown and also scored on a 7-yard run.
Sophomore running back Shomari Mason had 84 yards on 23 carries.
“We ran the ball,” Conn said. “We felt like we were going to slow the game down. But once you get down, there’s no point in slowing it down.”
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SOUTH FORT MYERS 50, IDA BAKER 21
S14 | 21 | 15 | 0 – 50
B8 | 0 | 7 | 6 – 21
S— E’Quan Dorris 36 run (Daniel Diaz kick), 7:11
S— Riley Ware 1 run (Diaz kick), 4:34
B— Josh Nina 5 pass from Toby Noland (James Stewart run), :33
S— Maurice Flournoy 19 run (Diaz kick), 8:57
S— Ware 23 run (Diaz kick), 3:31
S— Dorris 68 run (Diaz kick), 1:18
S— Ware 60 punt return (Jeshuan Jones run), 10:01
B— Luke Endsley 7 run (Nick Jacobs kick), 5:55
S— Dorris 31 run (Diaz kick), 3:35
B— Endsley 15 pass from Noland (kick failed), 8:23
Passing — S, Maurice Flournoy 5-7-0-63; B, Toby Noland 17-29-0-185
Rushing — S, Quan Dorris 12-208, Flournoy 1-19, Riley Ware 5-62, Eddie Teague 6-37; B, Shomani Mason 23-84, Noland 1-6, Luke Endsley 2-11
Receiving — S, Shyheem Taylor 1-6, Jeshuan Jones 2-45, Austin Smith 1-12; B, Endsley 11-125, Josh Nina 1-5, James Cuttino 3-38, David Drennan 2-17