Prep football Week 2: South hopes to keep it going against East Lee County

SOUTH FORT MYERS (1-0) AT EAST LEE COUNTY (0-1), 7:30 p.m.

Key players: SFM -- RB Terrell Neal, WR/DB Sammy Watkins, QB/DB Dallas Crawford, FB/LB Alfonso Edwards; ELC -- RB James Holland, QB Dakota Curran, LB Brant Bates, RB/DB Kyandre Smith

What to watch for: East Lee can't afford a slow start like last week when a handful of turnovers helped Riverdale build a 41-0 lead at halftime. If the Wolfpack offensive line opens holes like it did last week when the team compiled nearly 300 rushing yards, East Lee could be in for a long night.

South Fort Myers and East Lee County enter week two from opposite ends of the spectrum.

The Wolfpack crushed Estero by 46 points last week while the Jaguars were getting hammered by Riverdale, 48-0.

Will they meet somewhere in between when South visits East Lee on Friday night?

That's been the case in the first two games of this tight series. South has won both meetings, but neither by more than three points.

Last year East Lee piled up 350 rushing yards against the Wolfpack, yet South pulled out a late win, 28-27.

If East Lee wants another close battle, it will have to do more with its running game than last week. The Jaguars' star backfield tandem of senior James Holland and junior Kyandre Smith -- both 1,000 yard rushers in 2008 -- were held to under 70 yards each.

"Kyandre had an awful game. The good news is he'll never play that way again," said second-year East Lee coach Scott Jones.

East Lee will be missing two starters on the offensive line, according to Jones. To make matters worse, the Jaguars will also be without two defensive starters who suffered injuries last week.

If Jones' team didn't give him enough to worry about, then South certainly can with third-year starting quarterback Dallas Crawford at the helm.

"If we don't contain (quarterback) Crawford, we're dead," Jones said. "Last year we contained him, but I don't know if we can do that again. It's a big challenge for our defensive ends."

Of course, there is more to be concerned about than just Crawford. Seven different Wolfpack scored touchdowns last week.

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