Notes filed from this week's games:
Immokalee 56, Lely 13
With 466 total yards, the Indians spread out the offensive chores. Wide receiver Xavier Richardson totaled four catches for 100 yards. In addition to D’Ernest Johnson’s 161 yards on 13 carries, Tshumbi Johnson ran for 96 yards on 10 tries and passed for 192 yards. Jacky Marcellus ended up with 77 yards on 10 carries.
But it wasn’t just about offense. The Immokalee defense limited the Trojans to a net 49 yards rushing. In the second half, Lely’s first six rushes all were for negative yardage. At one stage in the game, Lely quarterback Karbel Dirogene was up to 54 yards rushing. But he was sacked several times after that, and his net rushing yardage ended up at only 35 (24 carries).
Flagged for 195 penalty yards, Immokalee also lost two fumbles – both of which resulted in points on the board for the Trojans. Hayden Hanscom hauled in a 2-yard TD pass from Dirogene, and Sergio Sanchez kicked a 31-yard field goal. He later had a 32-yard three-pointer.
-- Tom Rife
Evangelical Christian 45, First Baptist 20
Lions quarterback Corey Todd had 274 yards rushing against Evangelical on Friday. That brings his six-game total to nearly 850 yards this season.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound junior also has just two touchdown passes while throwing six interceptions.
While Todd demonstrates unquestionable leadership skills on and off the field, based on the above stats, it’s no wonder he is being recruited by college programs as an “athlete.” Maybe he’ll be a quarterback on the next level, or perhaps, taking note of his running skills, a tight end.
Todd describes himself as a “dual threat. I have confidence in my throwing and running,” he said.
And it is a Who’s Who of college programs that are vying for Todd’s services. Notre Dame, Florida, Florida State, South Carolina, South Florida and Nebraska have all reached out to Todd. He said Friday that he isn’t close to making a decision.
Todd’s only concern right now is the Lions and his teammates.
“We battle every game,” Todd said. “I have a lot of respect for a team like Evangelical Christian. We’ve made tremendous strides. It’s the little things we need to work on.”
-- Scott Clair
St. Edward's 26, St. John Neumann 12
St. John Neumann running back Johnny Augustin rushed for 109 yards on 26 carries in the Celtics' 26-12 loss to Vero Beach-St. Edward's on Friday, but 63 of those came on one play in the first half.
Augustin ran in the first score of the game in the second quarter, and the Pirates tightened up their defense on him after that, which prevented Neumann from moving the ball.
"They kept him bottled up after that long touchdown run," Neumann coach Steve Howey said. "We've got to get him into the endzone more."
St. Edward's coach Bill Motta said the 63-yard run was just what he feared going in, but once his defense started containing Augustin, it was a confidence boost that enabled the Pirates to make the big plays to win the game.
-- Laurel Pfahler
Naples 21, Barron Collier 14
Put all the rivalry talk aside: Naples's win gave them a big district win, as well. And in District 6A-12, which only has three teams, every win is crucial.
But the district championship has by no means been decided. If both teams beat Palmetto Ridge later this season, then both teams are guaranteed a playoff spot.
That, however, is not good enough for Cougars coach Mark Ivey.
"I'd much rather play in a three-way tiebreaker and win the whole thing," Ivey said.
That can happen if Barron beats Palmetto Ridge, but Palmetto Ridge beats Naples. Then all three teams have a shot at the title.
-- Dave Montrose
Charlotte 46, Gulf Coast 0
As if losing 46-0 Friday night wasn’t bad enough, the Gulf Coast High football team also lost senior linebacker Vince Parker to a left leg injury.
Sharks head coach Andrew Miranti wouldn’t speculate on the severity of Parker’s injury but indicated it was a calf issue. The co-captain entered the Class 7A-District 11 opener as the team leader in tackle at 11 per game.
“I highly expect him to play next week,” Miranti said. “But we may not know until next Friday.”
Despite the poor start, however, Gulf Coast can still make the playoffs with wins against Port Charlotte and Lemon Bay, thanks to their four-team district. The Sharks travel to Port Charlotte on Oct. 21, then conclude district play at home against Lemon Bay on Nov. 4.
– Eric McKinney
Cape Coral 44, Estero 42
The Wildcats' bye week came at a good time. Giving up 44 points against a district foe was exhausting.
They are going to need the time to work on fundamentals, coach Rich Dombroski said, as they have another District 5A-11 contest at Cypress Lake on Oct. 21.
"(Panthers' quarterback) Jayron Kearse is a totally different beast than what we saw tonight," Dombroski said. "If we don't tackle him, we're going to be 0-2 in the district."
-- Dave Montrose
South Fort Myers 28, Riverdale 18
South Fort Myers junior free safety Kenny Bishop came up with two big interceptions during the Wolfpack's 28-18 Class 6A-District 11 home win against Riverdale on Thursday night.
Early in the second quarter, Bishop picked off Anthony Snyder and returned the ball 25 yards for an apparent touchdown. But South Fort Myers (4-1, 3-0) was called for a block in the back, putting the ball at the 12. Three plays later, Anthony Dailidonis hit Matt Lopes from 15 yards out to give the Wolfpack a 7-6 lead.
Late in the game, Bishop picked off Snyder at the Riverdale 43, returning it 15 yards. South Fort Myers failed to capitalize on that one, though, getting four yards on a fourth-and-5 from the 23.
"Kenny Bishop, he did a good job," South Fort Myers coach Grant Redhead said. "He missed a couple of tackles too, but he makes up for it. You know, we've got to remember this game's supposed to be fun and these are 15-, 16-, 17-year old kids playing their butts off."
-- Dana Caldwell
Southwest Florida Christian 21, Community School 17
When Neal Defossez left Thursday’s game with a leg injury, Community School had to scramble to adjust its game plan.
"Losing Neal is a huge loss, both offensively and defensively," Seahawks coach Damon Jones said. "We run so many things through him, and he’s obviously a big part of our team."
Jones said Defossez would be checked out and hopefully be cleared to play Friday against Moore Haven.
"Hopefully he’s OK and we can get him back out there," Jones said. "If not, we’ll need other kids to step up and make plays."
Mike Schoeller, the team’s standout running back, played more on defense in Defossez’s absence. Schoeller is coming off a knee injury of his own, but played a great game on both ends for the Seahawks. He finished with a game-high 187 yards rushing and a pair of long touchdown runs, while also giving a boost to the defense.
— Andrew Sodergren