SFM blanks Barron Collier
Wolfpack proved to be too strong.
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FORT MYERS — In a run-heavy Class 6A regional quarterfinal, South Fort Myers proved to be too strong, too fast and too talented for Barron Collier on a chilly Friday night.
South Fort Myers jumped to a 7-0 lead, built it to 14-0 just before the half, then rode Robert Brown to a 27-0 win in front of a nice crowd at Wolfpack Stadium.
"We played a complete game," said South Fort Myers coach Grant Redhead who has taken his program to the playoffs four straight seasons. "The kids came out in the first half, second half. The defense did a great job. They have a tough running attack, and if you let them down there once, that's it."
District 11 champion South Fort Myers (10-1), which was off last week but lost at Ida Baker the week prior, won its 17th straight home game and will host Naples (10-0), a 45-7 winner against Cape Coral-Island Coast, next week in a regional semifinal.
"That's always a great matchup," Redhead said. "They do a fantastic job down there. To play a good team like that, that's what you look forward to."
Barron Collier (7-4), the District 12 runner-up, still hasn't won a playoff game since 1998.
"I was disappointed," said first-year Barron Collier coach Dan Pallante. "I thought we started the game out tight. We knew we couldn't give up the big play."
South Fort Myers' Brown, a 5-foot-8, 155-pound senior with a serious motor, continued to run up his school-record yardage, rushing for 155 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries.
"He had some nice runs," Redhead said. "He hits the crease and he can go. And the O-line did a good job of picking it up."
The other big stats guy was Barron Collier senior running back Andy Boileau, who valiantly rushed 26 times for 100 yards.
There were only six combined passes in this game and neither quarterback — South Fort Myers senior Andrew Dailidonis nor Barron Collier senior Conor Keating — completed one. But a running back did.
The Wolfpack wasted little time revving up. Cameron McNally pounced on a Cougars fumble at the Barron Collier 40. Next play, South Fort Myers 6-foot-4, 205-pound do-it-all Jayron Kearse bolted 40 yards to his left from the wildcat, easily outracing the Cougars for the first TD.
Barron Collier, which attacks from the old-school wing-T under Pallante, was without starting senior quarterback Carson Klahm, who
suffered a season-ending shoulder injury on Nov. 2.
Still, the Cougars moved the ball in the first half, particularly with Boileau, crunching out five first downs. But they couldn't to get anywhere as illustrated with a fourth-and-2 from the Wolfpack 37 when Boileau was stuffed after a 1-yard gain.
"They're a good football team," Pallante said. "They have a lot of weapons. We can't play catch-up. We're not built for that."
South Fort Myers never got in a first-half rhythm until its last possession of it. And it took a Redhead kick-start to do it.
On fourth-and-4 from the Wolfpack 33, South Fort Myers executed an excellent fake punt. Upback Antwan Dixon took a direct snap then hit a wide-open Eric Wester to his left for a 22-yard gain.
"That's one of the best plays in football," Readhead said. "It felt right and we were in an area of the field that I was comfortable in."
Six plays later — including a 17-yard run by Brown and a 12-yarder by D'Ronzijah Mathews — Matthews capped the nine-play, 74-yard drive with an 11-yard burst to the right for 14-0 with just 38 seconds left in the half.
First play of the third quarter, the speedy Brown broke from around the left side for a 65-yard TD. Toward the end of the third quarter, he busted loose for a 55-yard score around the right side to cap the scoring.
"Overall, against a great football team, I was happy about it," Redhead said.