Game of the Week
East Lee County (3-3, 1-0) at Lehigh (3-3, 0-1)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
What to watch for — East Lee: This is a District 6A-11 game. The Jaguars have won three games for the first time in four years and could secure their first postseason berth since 2012 with a win and an Estero loss to Fort Myers. Lothario Adderley and Cortavius Lee have combined to rush for close to 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns. The onus will be on the defense, led by sophomore LB Emmanuel Devaney, to slow down Lehigh RB Chris Curry, who has been tearing through Southwest Florida defenses. The Jaguars may be able to frustrate the 205-pound back if they can deny him the big play and force him into several small gains. Lehigh: The Lightning got a boost from their defense last week when they held Cape Coral to just 109 yards in a 28-0 victory. Senior RB Jalane Nelson proved to be the perfect compliment to Curry with 105 yards and two touchdowns last week. The Lightning still have a bad taste in the mouths after losing a do-or-die game to Estero last season and missing out on the state playoffs.
The News-Press’ pick: Lehigh 27, East Lee County 24
Riverdale (2-4, 0-1) at South Fort Myers (6-0, 0-0)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
What to watch for — Riverdale: This is a District 7A-12 game. The Raiders haven’t qualified for the postseason since 2010 and will have to go another year if they don’t knock off Lee County’s top team. Playing in a three-team district and having lost to Gulf Coast a couple weeks ago, the best Riverdale can hope for is a win over South and a Gulf Coast win over South in a few weeks to get in. A win over South and a Gulf Coast loss to South in a few weeks could create a three-way tie. The Raiders offensive line may have started to find some cohesiveness last week as it sprung RB Malcolm Spencer for 134 yards in a 22-12 win over Arcadia DeSoto County last week. South: The Wolfpack begin their quest for a fifth straight district title this week. Coming off a bye, South cruised to its easiest win of the season 50-21 over Ida Baker last week. After a quiet start to the season, senior RB E’Quan Dorris went off for 208 rushing yards and remains very dangerous in a potent backfield that also features Riley Ware and Eddie Teague. Riverdale has been prone to turning the ball over this season and South is the type of team that will make the Raiders pay for turnovers.
The News-Press’ pick: South Fort Myers 38, Riverdale 10
North Fort Myers (3-2, 1-1) at Charlotte (5-0, 2-0)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
What to watch for – North Fort Myers: This is a pivotal District 6A-10 game. The Red Knights are on the outside looking in for a playoff spot after a 38-34 loss to Port Charlotte on Sept. 30. They’re also facing a decision at quarterback, where they have two capable starters. Freshman Nick Perez won three straight games when junior Ben Pogue was out with a concussion, but Pogue was 9 of 16 for 127 yards in the loss two weeks ago. This marks a big game for senior Zaquandre White, who has rushed for over 300 yards in his last three games. White and running back Fa’Najae Gotay combined for 285 yards against Port Charlotte. The Red Knights have scored at least 27 in their last three games. With a loss, North Fort Myers would be eliminated from the playoff chase for the 10th straight year. Charlotte: The Tarpons have put up over 40 points in four of their five wins this season and have given up two touchdowns or less in three of those games. Head coach Binky Waldrop has made his squad a dominating rushing attack with 309 yards per game, while senior quarterback D’andre Hicks has been very capable at quarterback, going 29 of 52 for 587 yards and seven touchdowns. Running back Maleek Williams, an Arkansas commit, has 739 yards and 11 touchdowns. He rushed for 243 yards against Island Coast on Sept. 30. Andrew Grace has seven receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown.
The News-Press’ pick: Charlotte 28, North Fort Myers 24
Cypress Lake (3-4, 0-2) at Dunbar (4-2, 0-1)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
What to watch for – Cypress Lake: This is a District 5A-12 game. The Panthers, who lost this game 37-0 last year, are coming off a heartbreaking 20-19 loss to Lemon Bay last week. Sophomore Kelsey Demps rushed for a season-high 168 yards, but the Panthers missed an extra point in the first quarter and had a go-ahead 2-point conversion fail in the fourth frame. They also gave up more than 300 yards in the loss and have struggled at times on offense to score and hold on to the ball. Dunbar: The Tigers captured a 41-0 win over Island Coast last week, which snapped a two-game skid. Seven players had carries in the game and senior Lajuan Preston had a team-high 135 yards and two touchdowns. Dunbar limited Island Coast to just two first downs and minus-34 yards on offense. The Tigers were leading 28-0 at halftime. The game marks the first of three straight district games.
The News-Press’ pick: Dunbar 35, Cypress Lake 14
Fort Myers (3-3, 1-0) at Estero (1-7, 0-1)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
What to watch for – Fort Myers: This is a District 6A-11 contest. The Green Wave snapped a two-game losing streak with a 42-7 win over Lehigh. The victory was a critical district game that could set up Fort Myers, which scored 28 first half points against the Lightning, as the district champion two seasons in a row. Running back Darrian Felix came back after an elbow injury and rushed for 148 yards and had four touchdowns. The Green Wave completed just one pass against Lehigh for 50 yards and rushed 37 times for 319 yards. Estero: The Wildcats have lost five straight games and have failed to score more than two touchdowns in each game. They’re coming off a 20-13 loss to Golden Gate where they scored two late fourth quarter touchdowns. Estero, which lost this game 48-8 last year, is scoring just 9 points per game but the defense has been respectable, letting in less than three touchdowns per game. At times, Estero’s Willie Neal has been the team’s only reliable offense. He ran for 51 yards in the loss to Golden Gate.
The News-Press’ pick: Fort Myers 42, Estero 7
Mariner (3-3, 1-1) at Immokalee (3-3, 1-0)
Time: 7:00 p.m.
What to watch for – Mariner: This is a District 5A-12 game. The Tritons, who lost this game 37-6 last year, are coming off a 55-0 loss to Lely, their second straight defeat. Running back Chance Reiter, who rushed for over 100 yards in his three previous games, had just eight yards in 10 carries. Mariner is giving up over 22 points a game and scoring just 14. Immokalee: The Indians defeated Palmetto Ridge 43-13 last week, their second straight win. Immokalee is averaging over 40 points in its last four games, which include two losses by a combined 19 points. The Indians have two losses by less than three points. Head coach Rodelin Anthony has implemented a versatile offense that features junior Fred Green, who rushed for 153 yards and three touchdowns in the team’s win over Palmetto Ridge.
The News-Press’ pick: Immokalee 35, Mariner 20
Cape Coral (1-5, 1-1) at Island Coast (0-7, 0-2)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
What to watch for — Cape: This is a District 6A-10 game. There haven’t been a lot of bright spots for either of these Cape Coral teams this season. Seahawks RB Isaac Washington’s 300-plus yard game gave the team hope heading into a non-district game with Lehigh last week before being stonewalled by the Lightning defense. With little to no production from the quarterback position, the offense has become one-dimensional. However, a meeting with a team that’s given up 40 points per game may be just what the doctor ordered. Island Coast: The Gators’ struggles haven’t just been on the defensive side of the ball. They were held to negative yardage and just two first downs in a 41-0 loss to Dunbar last week. While the microscope has been on senior QB Kory Curtis, who has completed just 40 percent of his passes this season, he has little time to throw the ball and is constantly forced out of the pocket. This, however, may be the game he erupts for significant passing yardage. Expect a shootout in the Cape.
The News-Press’ pick: Island Coast 46, Cape Coral 40
Port Charlotte (5-0, 2-0) at Ida Baker (2-5, 0-2)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
What to watch for — Port Charlotte: This is a District 6A-10 game. The Pirates had their non-district game with Sebring last week cancelled as a result of Hurricane Matthew. Port Charlotte has allowed just 48 points this season and should be tested by Ida Baker’s pass-heavy offense. Baker: The Bulldogs must win their last three games to avoid their third straight losing season. The offense has 57 points the last two weeks in losses thanks to the 96 points surrendered by the defense. There won’t be much Baker can do to slow down a Port Charlotte offense that has scored no less than 28 points in all five of its games this season. That puts a lot of pressure on Baker QB Toby Noland (1,574 passing yards, 13 TDs) and the offense to answer every Port Charlotte score. Senior receiver Luke Endsley leads Lee County in receiving with 55 catches for 905 yards and eight touchdowns.
The News-Press’ pick: Port Charlotte 44, Ida Baker 30
Bishop Verot (3-4, 2-1) at Mulberry (2-4, 2-1)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
What to watch for — Verot: This is a District 4A-6 game. The Vikings control their own destiny in the race for the runner-up spot in the district. They were dealt a discouraging 39-21 loss by East Lee County in a game where they again had trouble establishing the run and were held to negative yardage on the ground. Sophomore Fletcher Reynolds leads the Verot defense in tackles with 70. He’ll be a key element in trying to stop Mulberry’s Wing-T rushing attack installed by first-year coach Kenneth Grantham. Mulberry: The Panthers surrendered 41 points per game in their four losses, but have gotten back on track recently with a 46-20 district win over Lake Placid on Monday. Junior RB Elijah Cooper has three 100-yard rushing performances this season.
The News-Press’ pick: Bishop Verot 36, Mulberry 21
Marco Island Academy (0-5, 0-3) at Southwest Florida Christian Academy (2-4, 0-3)
Time: 7 p.m.
What to watch for — MIA: This is a District 2A-7 game. The Manta Rays are coming off a bye week after giving up 163 points in their five losses. SFCA: The King’s are looking to snap a four-game losing streak, which included a 41-27 loss to Moore Haven. SFCA will look for Dillon Martino, who has 47 tackles on the season, to carry the defense on a short week.
The News-Press’ pick: SFCA 21, Marco Island 14
Riverview Bell Creek (2-4) at Canterbury (4-1)
Time: 7:30 p.m
What to watch for — Bell Creek: The Panthers are in their first year of 11-man football and so far have one win on the scoreboard and one win via forfeit on the season. Last week, they were defeated 44-6 by Northside Christian. Zach Swan scored on a 47-yard run and is one of Bell Creek’s primary ball carriers. Quarterback Damon Mercilliott has scored four touchdowns on the ground to go along with one touchdown pass. Canterbury: The Cougars have experienced a breakthrough season under first-year head coach Derrick Crudup and are riding a four-game winning streak. Last week they took down Winter Haven All Saints Academy 29-13. Danny Cunningham has been a standout performer and he threw two touchdowns and picked off a pass on defense. Expect Canterbury to continue their fine form as they have averaged a shade over 30 points per game during their winning streak..
The News-Press’ pick: Canterbury 39, Bell Creek 9
Lakeland Teneroc (2-4, 2-1) at Gateway Charter (1-5, 0-3)
Time: 7:30 p.m
What to watch for — Tenoroc: This is a District 4A-6 matchup. The Titans are in a three-way tie for second in the district behind Avon Park. They have averaged 32 points the last two games in two district victories, including defeating LaBelle 30-19 Monday. J’Toriance Spate leads Teneroc with four rushing touchdowns and averages almost 90 yards a game on the ground. Luis Martinez is the favorite target for Josh Allard, averaging 100 receiving yards a game and has six touchdown catches. Gateway: The Griffins saw Avon Park showcase their talent, losing 54-6 on Monday. Jerramie Joseph’s 60-yard kickoff return were the only points Gateway Charter mustered. The Griffins will have to get Chris Ceasar going early and often if they can keep pace with the Titans.
The News-Press’ pick: Teneroc 43, Gateway Charter 15
Lake Placid (2-4, 1-3) at LaBelle (2-5, 1-3)
Time: 7:30 p.m
What to watch for — Lake Placid: This is a District 4A-6 matchup. The Dragons have struggled in district play outside of a 40-0 victory over Gateway Charter. They’ve allowed almost 40 points per game in their three losses, and last week lost 46-20 against Mulberry. Lake Placid features a run-heavy offense led by Katwan Ward, who averages nearly 100 yards a game on the ground. Markie McCray has four rushing touchdowns on only 22 carries for the season. LaBelle: The Cowboys road woes continued on Monday with a 30-19 defeat at the hands of Lakeland Teneroc as LaBelle hasn’t won away from home this season. At home, they’ve been competitive with narrow defeats to Mariner and Bishop Verot. Tray Williams has scored nine total touchdowns and found the end zone twice on Monday in a near 100-yard effort on the ground. A close game should favor LaBelle as kicker Johnathan Morales is 7-for-9 on the season and hit from 46 yards on Monday.
The News-Press’ pick: LaBelle 27, Lake Placid 20
Evangelical Christian (0-6, 0-3) at Community School of Naples (5-2, 2-1)
Time: 7 p.m.
What to watch for — This is a District 2A-7 matchup. ECS: The Sentinels are seeking their first victory of the season and have struggled putting points on the board the past three weeks. Averaging a shade over six points per game, Evangelical Christian’s season high is only 19 which happened in their second game of the season. Correy Massey had a breakout game last week against St. John Neumann, scoring the only touchdown for the Sentinels 3 minutes in during a 25-7 defeat. Massey ran for 94 yards on 29 carries and should see a similar workload this week. CSN: The Seahawks were roughed up by First Baptist 54-7 last week, allowing 40 points combined in the second and third quarters. Allowing over 400 rushing yards to the Lions, the defense was simply worn down and outmatched as the game wore on. In the loss, quarterback Cooper Weiss suffered a shoulder injury and likely will miss multiple weeks. That will mean Joe Lang should see more touches at running back, where he has scored eight touchdowns on the season.
The News-Press’ pick: CSN 36, ECS 13
The Lee County Fab 5
1. South Fort Myers (6-0): The Wolfpack’s drive to its fifth straight district title begins against Riverdale this week.
2. Fort Myers (3-3): The Green Wave should walk all over an outmatched Estero team.
3. Dunbar (4-2): The Tigers can’t afford to stub their toe over the next three weeks.
4. North Fort Myers (3-2): It’s do or die against undefeated Charlotte this week.
5. Lehigh (3-3): Wins over East Lee County this week and Estero in two weeks, the Lightning will clinch a postseason berth.