South Gets Lely
The Wolfpack handle the Trojans 27-9
Lely 3 0 0 6—9
South Fort Myers 21 6 0 0—27
SFM — Jenkins 80 pass from Crawford (Prater kick) 11:47
L — Reyes 28 FG 9:45
SFM — Crawford 17 run (Prater kick) 7:16
SFM — Dorris 1 run (Prater kick) 3:54
SFM — Jenkins 85 run (run failed) :31
L — Hall 9 run (pass failed) 5:09
FORT MYERS — Lely was supposed to be an early-season test for South Fort Myers.
The Wolfpack passed.
In fact, South Fort Myers, which throttled Estero 56-7 a week prior, aced this with a convincing 27-9 win against the Trojans at Wolfpack Stadium on Friday night.
The non-district win over a fellow Class 3A foe was South Fort Myers’ ninth consecutive regular-season victory, and it didn’t take long to see it coming.
Sophomore Dallas Crawford hit Brodrick Jenkins on a short toss to the right, with the senior completing the 80-yard play on the game’s first snap with high-stepping speed.
Gerry Reyes booted a 28-yard field goal on Lely’s first possession, but the Trojans, who knocked off Barron Collier 42-21 in their opener, got no closer.
Crawford, who completed 8 of 9 attempts for 175 yards and a touchdown, capped a seven-play, 80-yard drive with a 17-yard scamper to make it 14-3.
Lely couldn’t handle the kickoff, and Tronic Williams pounced on the loose ball at the 22. Two plays later, Ed Dorris crashed in from the 1. With just 31 ticks left before intermission and after two Steve Pricer timeouts, Jenkins roared 85 yards for a touchdown, and the rout was on.
“You know what, they’re a good ballclub,” South Fort Myers coach Grant Redhead said. “They were physical and they had speed like we do.
“That’s what we were looking at — how well could we do against a team like that? The best thing about this is our kids faced a good quality opponent and we did a great job in the first half and did a great job defensively all night. I was pleased.”
Jenkins had a field day. Not only did he catch four passes for 118 yards with a TD and break off the 85-yard TD sprint, but he also intercepted Lely’s Dennis Marcelin twice, once in the end zone early in the second quarter.
“He played very, very well,” Redhead said.
Lely, which was going for 2-0 for the first time since 1998, suffered six turnovers.
Despite tough, consistent running by junior Darian Hall, who amassed 195 rushing yards (including a 57-yard sideline burst before pulling up with an apparent cramp at the Wolfpack 11; he returned the next series), the Trojans never really made their mark here. The lone Lely touchdown was an 11-yard Hall run with just 5:09 left to play.
“He’s a good back,” Redhead said. “We kept him in check most of the time, but we blew the assignment (on the 57-yard run), our end didn’t get outside.”
South Fort Myers rushed for 234 yards on 35 attempts. Hall was the bulk of Lely’s offense, although Marcelin racked up 106 yards despite connecting on only 8 of 24 attempts and being picked off five times.
“I was proud of the kids,” Redhead said. “They wanted to beat this good ballclub and show what they could do.”