Prep football Week 7: Lely's Faustin, Snyder make difference in Coconut Bowl

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— The Lely defense was key in an upset victory by preventing Naples its fourth consecutive Coconut Bowl win Friday. The Trojans won 12-6 in overtime.

Mike Snyder and Jhony Faustin were the show-stoppers who helped shut down the Naples offense.

In the second quarter, the Trojans blocked a Naples 22-yard field goal attempt by Takeshi Okubo. Faustin recovered the ball and ran it back 42 yards to the Naples 36-yard line.

Faustin also forced a huge turnover, intercepting Naples' Travis Carlyle on the 3-yard line with 13 seconds left to play in the first half to stop Naples from scoring.

Faustin wasn't done yet. He had a 95-yard kickoff return after Naples tied it up at 6. Lely failed to capitalize, but the play changed the momentum of the game and took the Naples fans out of it.

Lely interim coach Dave Miller credited his senior stars for the success of the Trojans defense.

"Mike Snyder had a great game," Miller said. "Him and Jhony are the leaders. They made play after play. These two are the heart and soul of the defense."

Both teams failed to score in the fourth quarter, sending the game into overtime.

Naples tried to run the ball on its first possession by handing the ball off to Chris Krieg. But Snyder came up with a big stop by pushing Naples back five yards.

"It's my job to contain, take on the fullback and get him and I did it well," Snyder said.

The very next play, the Lely defense stopped Krieg again, giving the Trojans a boost of confidence. Mackinton Dorleant then blocked a field goal.

"To win this four years later, it's for the seniors. They haven't have a part of the Nut in four years. It's great to see their enthusiasm," Miller said.

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