Eagles beat Lely to claim 'The 'Nut"
Naples shuts out the Trojans 56-0
NAPLES 56, LELY 0
N 21 28 7 0 — 56
L 0 0 0 0 — 0
N —Byrd 65 pass from Anderson (Nunez kick), 10:40
N —Morgan 19 run (Nunez kick), 6:00
N — Joseph 14 run (Nunez kick), 2:39
N— Morgan 5 run (Nunez kick), 10:09
N — Joseph 1 run (Nunez kick), 7:34
N — Morgan 2 run (Nunez kick), 4:26
N — Manhardt 41 pass from Anderson (Nunez kick), 0:39.
N— Zech 21 run (Nunez kick), 1:13
With a balanced and explosive offense and a swarming defense, the Naples High football team beat Lely in the 39th Coconut Bowl to remain undefeated this season.
Senior Manny Morgan ran for 170 yards and three touchdowns for Naples (8-0), while Kilton Anderson threw for 163 yards, all in the first half. The Golden Eagles scored seven touchdowns before halftime of their 56-0 win at Lely (3-7).
"Like I've been saying all year, it's not me, it's my offensive line," said Morgan, who has 1,247 yards and 22 touchdowns this year. "Without them, there's no holes for me to run through. I love them, they love me."
It was just the second game in a month for Naples after last week's game was canceled by Hurricane Sandy, and it was evident the Eagles were ready to play. Naples compiled 376 yards in the first half and forced three turnovers that led to touchdowns.
Anderson had a season-high passing on just nine attempts. His first pass of the game was a 65-yard touchdown to freshman Tyler Byrd. The junior quarterback also credited the big guys up front for his big night.
"I'm gonna give it all to my line tonight," Anderson said. "An o-line that comes out and blocks every single play and hits them in the mouth coming off a two-week (break), it's great to have them there."
Naples held Lely to 101 yards and four first downs. One of those first downs came on a 65-yard run by Marvin Liberiste on the second play of the game. Another came by penalty and another came on the final play of the night.
It was the season finale for Lely (3-7). Though the Trojans finished with a losing record for the third straight season, they won as many games as the past two years combined under new coach Stacey Stewart.
"We knew (the Golden Eagles) were going to be hungry," Stewart said. "We did some good things early on, but we didn't finish our blocks, didn't finish our tackles and they made us pay for it."
While the game wasn't much of a contest, the night was about celebrating the Trojans' tradition.
The Coconut Bowl is the longest running rivalry in Collier County, and Naples and Lely are the oldest high schools in town. Stewart, a 1987 Lely graduate, felt the game would be perfect to honor the men who helped establish the school's program.
Prior to kickoff the Trojans recognized the contributions of former coach Merv Ward, longtime supporter Ronnie Haar and local broadcasting legend Joe Klimas. The widows of the three men were on the field as the principals and athletic directors of both schools paid tribute to the late Trojans.
"Merv would be very happy," Kathy Ward said at a pregame cookout filled with former Lely coaches and players. "This means a lot to us."
Ward coached Lely from 1985 to 1994 and again from 2000 to 2002. His teams won five district titles and finished state runner-up in 1987. Stewart was the starting quarterback in Ward's first two seasons and remains close with his former coach's family.
The memory of Ward is implanted in Lely's football stadium. After a game at Clewiston early in his career, Ward decided to borrow a look from the Tigers' field and planted palm trees in the north end zone at Lely.
Those trees still stand today, now nearly 50-feet tall.
When Ward was coach, he enlisted the help of Haar for various odds and ends. A former Trojans softball assistant, Haar worked the chain gang at football games for years and even helped paint the field.
Haar kept stats, gathered equipment and did anything he could to promote Trojans football.
"He was always around," said Ronnie Haar, Jr., Lely class of 1989. "He was a kid at heart. He loved being around the younger generation and helping them."
Haar and Ward died within a week of each other in 2008. Ward was a pallbearer at his friend's funeral before passing away days later.
In 38 years on local radio and television, Klimas broadcasted football and basketball games at every high school in Collier County. Yet he always had a special place in his heart for Lely.
The first game Klimas, a Marco Island resident, ever called was a Lely game in 1974. His two daughters graduated from Lely. Klimas also called the first 38 Coconut Bowls before succumbing to cancer in August.
Lely and Naples honored Klimas on Friday by renaming the Coconut Bowl Trophy the Joe Klimas Trophy.
"Joe loved the tradition of the Coconut Bowl," said his wife Barbara Klimas. "He like the whole atmosphere of this game. He had connections here that lasted forever, so this is special."
2012 PREPZONE FOOTBALL: WEEK 10
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