Lely interim head coach Dave Miller wasn’t completely satisfied with his team’s performance in its 20-10 victory over district opponent Cypress Lake on Friday night.
“It’s a little frustrating,” Miller said. “We’re going to try to tweak some things next week.”
Statistically, the teams were nearly level. Lely had a slight edge in total offense with 237 yards and 14 first downs to Cypress Lake’s 195 yards and 13 first downs.
The Panthers fumbled the ball away on their first and last offensive plays of the game. The later fumble really hurt,
as it cut short a drive that could have tied the game for Cypress Lake, which was down by just a touchdown with two minutes left.
The emotional victory over district power Naples the week before seemed to have taken a toll on the Trojans, but Miller still would have liked the Lely lead to have been a little more comfortable coming down the stretch.
“We’re going to work on just getting back to fundamentals: blocking, tackling, alignment,” Miller said. “We just want to play good, physical Lely football.”
The Trojans have a non-district matchup against Palmetto Ridge coming up Friday. After that is a showdown with Barron Collier, whose 27-3 defeat at the hands of Naples on Friday left it as one of four teams with one district loss.
Lely (4-1 in Class 3A-District 12), Barron Collier (3-1), Naples (3-1) and Lehigh (3-1) all have a legitimate shot at earning one of the district’s two playoff slots. One team should be eliminated from playoff contention when Naples travels to Lehigh next Friday, leaving the Lely-Barron Collier game on Nov. 6 to decide the other playoff team.
“We control our own destiny,” Miller said.