LELY 42, ESTERO 7
Lely 28 7 7 0—42
Estero 0 0 7 0—7
L — Antoine 96 kick return (Reyes kick) 11:44
L — Costello 34 pass from Marcelin (Reyes kick) 5:52
L — Hall 55 run (Reyes kick) 2:23
L — Costello 35 pass from Marcelin (Reyes kick) :15
L — Hall 4 run (Reyes kick) 4:45
L — Pugh 6 run (Reyes kick) 6:50
E — Arizmendi 8 run (Moriarty kick) 2:01
ESTERO — So much for stealing the show.
It took all of 16 seconds for Lely’s Quinton Antoine to rip the life out of Estero and its homecoming theme: Estero Steals The Show.
Only raindrops touched Antoine’s jersey as he sprinted 96 yards for a touchdown on the opening kickoff.
It was the start of another long Friday night at Estero as the Wildcats (0-8, 0-2 3A-14) suffered their 20th consecutive loss, 42-7.
Errol Boyd cleared the path downfield for Antoine on a muddy night by eliminating three defenders.
“Blocks were set up and I took advantage of it,” Antoine said. “No one touched me.”
By the time the Trojans (7-1, 3-0) had run six offensive plays, they were up 28-0.
“The offense moved the ball well. I thought (quarterback) Dennis Marcelin showed tremendous poise throwing the ball,” Lely coach Steve Pricer said.
Lely’s victory sets up Class 3A-District 14’s game of the year on Nov. 7 when the Trojans will host Naples in the Coconut Bowl. Both teams are undefeated in district play. Lely is off next week, while Naples faces winless Golden Gate.
“It’s a championship game for the district title. Our kids want it. We’re looking forward to it,” Pricer said.
Lely certainly wasn’t going let Estero interrupt those plans.
Like many of the Trojans regulars, Marcelin only played in the first half, but that was long enough for him to complete 5-of-6 passes for 118 yards. He capitalized on the ample time his line provided by firing two pinpoint touchdown passes to wide receiver Matt Costello from 34 and 35 yards.
Costello shined on a night the Trojans played without two starting receivers. When Costello wasn’t reeling in scores, he was helping set them up.
Costello and lineman Aaron Henderson were among the key blockers that paved the way on Darion Hall’s 55-yard TD gallop.
Hall (110 yards on six carries) plunged in from 4 yards for the second quarter’s only score, one that sent the Trojans into halftime with a 35-0 lead.
Lely’s Frankie Pugh (4-yard run) and Estero’s Josiah Arizmendi (8-yard run) traded third-quarter touchdowns.
Arizmendi (13 carries, 92 yards) had his streak of 100-plus yard games snapped at two, but he did end Estero’s two-game scoreless drought.
Estero starting quarterback Will Davis (5-of-11, 53 yards) returned the lineup after missing last week with an injury.
After enduring lopsided losses to Naples, Cape Coral and Lely in consecutive weeks, the Wildcats will end the season against Immokalee and Golden Gate.
“This whole season our kids have not quit on me, not once,” said first-year Wildcats coach Rich Dombroski. “Hopefully something good will happen. Estero High needs a victory somewhere and I don’t want to wait until 2009 to get it.”