SFM gets upset loss to Ida S. Baker
Defeat has no concrete effect on season.
IDA BAKER 15, SOUTH FORT MYERS 14
SFM 0 7 7 0 - 14
IB 7 8 0 0 - 15
IB - Betts 5 run (Clarke kick); 6:49
IB - Betts 33 fumble return (Febles run); 8:46
SFM - Kearse 59 run (Kammerlocher kick); 4:52
SFM - Kearse 5 run (Kammerlocher kick); 4:51
CAPE CORAL — South Fort Myers' upset loss to Ida S. Baker on Friday night represented more than an end to an undefeated season and bad momentum heading into the playoffs. It led the Wolfpack's coach to comment on the futility of adolescent psychology.
"We worked on keeping the kids up all week long and making it," South coach Grant Redhead said. "When you're dealing with kids, sometimes they get it and sometimes they don't. ... I've been doing this 16 years and I can't figure out a kid's head."
South Fort Myers (9-1, 5-1 in 6A-11) had already won the district championship and Baker (7-3, 4-2) had already been eliminated last week, so Friday's 15-14 defeat had no concrete effect on the season. The Wolfpack have a bye to end the regular season next week, so they have two weeks to try to forget this loss heading into the playoffs — or two dwell on it.
"We missed tackles, we missed blocks, we missed throws, we dropped balls," Redhead said. "We didn't play good enough to win. That's the bottom line."
The defense's aim of containing Baker quarterback Sage Attwood was largely successful, as the Bulldogs passer only completed a third of his passes for 49 yards. Bruising running back Jeremy Betts picked up the slack, though, pounding the South defensive line with short carries. After Roy Denson completed a 27-yard halfback pass to an open Alex Febles, Betts scored on a 5-yard touchdown run. Trayvon Clarke's kick gave the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter./p>
South's offense got to experience Betts as a linebacker, too.
Defensive linemen Regie Meant and Will Cunningham forced a fumble off a sack on South quarterback Andrew Dailidonis. Betts picked up the bouncing ball and ran it 33 yards for a touchdown. Febles ran in the two-point conversion, which proved to be the game-winner.
Enter Jayron Kearse. The 6-foot-4 wildcat receiver took a direct snap on his first play of the game, then ran 59 yards to the end zone, striding easily past the Ida Baker defenders. Conner Kammerlocher's kick made it 15-7 at the half.
Kearse saw more action in the second quarter. His second carry of the night, a 43-yard wildcat run, put him over 100 rushing yards. He followed that with a 5-yard run up the middle that had the appearance of a bulldozer driving through cobwebs.
A running back does not an offense make, however, and the Bulldogs started to figure out how to bring down the lanky Kearse.
The Wolfpack also lost Dailidonis to an unknown injury after he took a hit in the midsection, leaving sophomore Keith Smith to finish the game. Smith threw an interception late in the fourth quarter that clinched the victory for the Bulldogs.
"We don't know what was wrong (with Dailidonis)," Redhead said. "We haven't assessed it. We don't have our trainer here."
Kammerlocher pulled all three of his field goal attempts, missing from 42, 41 and 49 yards.
Kearse rushed for 129 yards on 7 carries. Dailidonis went 6-for-17 for 68 yards before leaving the game. Willie Johnson caught 2 passes for 51 yards.
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