The offense looked sloppy at times, and the defense gave up some big plays, but both Naples High units performed when they needed to in the Golden Eagles’ 14-12 victory Friday at Dunbar.
With a full moon hovering to the east of Cougar Stadium, one might have expected some oddball events Friday night when Barron Collier played host to Immokalee in the 2009 regular-season opener for both teams.
Gulf Coast made its third straight playoff appearance last year while Golden Gate won but one game and has yet to play in the postseason. But you could hardly tell the difference during a wild first half of Friday night’s non-district, season-opening matchup at Gulf Coast.
Dan Newbrough’s Palmetto Ridge Bears did just about everything right Friday night, as the first-year head coach celebrated a 38-20 victory over Port Charlotte.
The Lions’ first-ever touchdown also came via Mike Rodriguez, who returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter despite the kick sailing over his head.
There was no final score to analyze Friday for St. John Neumann football coach Steve Howey as the Celtics’ season opener with Miami-Westminster Christian was called due to lightning with 8:30 left in the first half and the Warriors leading 13-0.
This time, the taste of meaningful football was mere minutes away for the Lely Trojans. Pregame ceremonies were finished; the last warmup passes and punts flew through Friday’s damp air. And then the lightning horn at Gulliver Prep sounded.
Heavy favorite South Fort Myers let it be known early that there would be no upset on opening night.