Prep football: Lely trying to keep momentum going against North Port

Records: Lely 2-1, North Port 1-2

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Key players: NP ­ — QB Trent White, RB Robenson Saintard, WR Sylvester Augustin, DB David Balbuena, DB Brian Menard, DL Ian Hemp; L — OL Eddie Carey, OL Jamal Durity, OL Adam Hurdis, OL Booz Cantave, OL Les Seide, OL Elihu Martin.

What to watch for: North Port will look to establish a running game to make the passing game go, and try to stop the Lely running game. For Lely, it’s controlling the line of scrimmage, with the offensive line keying the running game.

— Lely coach Stacey Stewart has fond memories of the 1986 Homecoming. The young quarterback was the King of the Homecoming Court and his team won the football game.

Although he can't be king, Stewart wants to see his football team win Friday night.

A win against North Port would out the Trojans at 3-1, matching their total wins in the past two seasons.

Stewart, his coaches and the team have studied film on North Port, and he thinks a victory won't come easy.

"They have a quarterback, running back and receiver who are very good," he said. They have good athletes, they are very disciplined and well-coached. We will have to have a great effort to beat them."

Bobcats coach Matt Pryer said quarterback Trent White has been a leader, with wide receiver Sylvester Augustin on the receiving end of touchdown passes. He also has a strong running back in Robenson Saintard.

"For us to win we need to stop their running game and get our running game going," Pryer said.

Breakdowns on both sides of the ball have been costly for the Bobcats.

"We have to clean up our mistakes. We are still a work in progress," he said.

In Lely's 23-22 win over Cape Coral, the Trojans made some major mistakes that provided two scoring plays, yet still won the game.

"I told the team not to get upset, to focus on us getting better," Stewart said. "We have to make sure we don't beat ourselves. We have to be the best Lely can be every week."

He said the game comes down to three keys -- defense, offense and special teams.

"If we win two out of those three, we have a 90 percent chance of winning," Stewart said.

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