Thursday, May 16
First Baptist 48, Bishop Verot 0
Friday, May 17
Riverdale 24, Estero 6
Immokalee 14, Cape Coral 7 (jamboree)
Immokalee 34, East Lee 8 (jamboree)
Thursday, May 23
Naples 42, Ida Baker 35
South Fort Myers 42, Barron Collier 13
Palmetto Ridge 28, Pembroke Pines Charter 0
Friday, May 24
Golden Gate 28, Mariner 14
Gulf Coast 13, LaBelle 0
St. John Neumann 49, Imagine School-North Port 24
Bradenton-Lakewood Ranch 21, Lely 0
Thursday, May 30
Marco Island 35, Oasis 7
CAPE CORAL — Marco Island Academy’s spring game was a far cry from a 55-0 loss it suffered at the hands of Oasis Charter in their first-ever football game last August.
“We paid our dues,” coach Andy Delgado said of last season’s 2-8 record in a mixed schedule of JV and varsity games.
Thursday night, the Manta Rays beat Oasis, 35-7. The game marked MIA’s first win on the field against a varsity team. Last season, the Manta Rays won one varsity game by forfeit.
Marco Island Academy dominated in every aspect of the game.
Jared Jackson and Cole Stretton split quarterback and running back chores, with each producing 50-yard touchdowns. Jackson rolled over the defense, while Stretton cut and spun away from defenders.
Adam Lowery’s defense dominated on the line, with tackle Colby Jones controlling the middle. Jackson intercepted two passes, one for a touchdown.
Oasis Charter scored first, capping a 60-yard drive on a 2-yard quarterback sneak by Pierson Wicker.
From that time on, it was all Marco Island Academy.
In the next offensive series the Manta Rays moved down the field on runs. Stretton ran for 37 yards and Jackson ran for 41, taking the ball into the end zone from 12 yards out.
Jackson tallied three touchdowns and Stretton one, while Nick Dotson charged in for the final score from 8 yards out.
Anton Mertens, a soccer player turned kicker, made good on all five extra points.
The teams will meet again in the fall as Oasis Charter travels to Marco island for the team’ opening game of the season.