Lely did what it had to do in beating East Lee County, 34-3, on Friday night.
It put them at 2-1 in Class 3A-Dsitrict 12 as they travel to Naples for the annual Coconut Bowl on Friday.
It will be an important game for both sides. Naples, 2-0 in district play, had the night off and many players and coaches, including Bill Kramer, Naples head coach, took in the first half of the Lely game.
For 0-6 East Lee County, the game was ugly.
A botched hike by the center saw East Lee’s punter Dakota Curran having to fall on the ball at East Lee’s one-yard line. Lely quarterback Sean O’Regan blasted in on a quarterback
A few minutes later Curran’s punt was partially blocked with Lely getting the ball on East Lee’s 23. From there Lely used its rushing attack, with O’Regan capping off the short drive with a three-yard TD run.
East Lee did manage to move the football in the second quarter, but the Lely defense held and East Lee had to settle for 26-yard field goal.
Lely scored three times in the second quarter to ice the game. Fullback Dennis Bastin ran the ball in from 13 yards out. Darion Hall got is first carry and romped 49 yards for a touchdown. Hall ran just one more time, for 24 yards, to giving him 73 yards on just two carries. Backup quarterback Patrick Lane, a junior, scored his first touchdown of his career on a one-yard sneak.
East Lee did have a running game, but Lely provided a bend, but don’t break defense. A lot of East Lee yards were between the 20-yard lines.
Overall, East Lee gained 194 yards rushing, compared to Lely’s 134. In passing, O’Regan completed four of seven passes for 42 yards. East Lee completed one pass in six tries for 13 yards.
Defensive standout Jhony Faustin sat out the game, recuperating from a low back injury. Makinton Doreant, who ran a kick-off back for a 93-yard score against Lehigh, also sat out with a left leg in jury.
Both will go against Naples.
Bill Kramer, Naples head coach, watched the first half.
“We tried some new plays, but didn’t show much for Bill Kramer,” Miller said. “We tried a few things on offense and East Lee ran some dives and options that we expect to see from Naples. It will be a physical game.”