Lely trailed Cypress Lake 8-3 at halftime Friday night, but the Trojans outscored the Panthers 21-0 in the second half to win their second game of 2017 by a final of 24-8. Here are some highlights from all of the action. Bryan Cooney
After picking up its first win under coach Fritz Jacques heading into its bye week, Jacques said the Lely High School football team had a fun week of practice.
The Trojans' fun definitely carried over into Friday night, dancing on the field in the final minute of the game, as they defeated Cypress Lake 24-8.
"Hard work pays off and they've been working hard," Jacques said. "With a little bit of adversity, they continued to work hard.
"Like I said, I was always proud of them, and I still am."
Playing in his first regular-season game for the Trojans (2-6) after sustaining an injury against Barron Collier in the preseason, Henderson Francois fueled the Trojans' run game.
"That's junior beast mode right there," Jacques said. "I knew he was going to get his shine on and he did. Our trainer got him healthy and he's back out here running the ball."
Francois, who played two years ago at Community School and was at Naples High but not a member of the team last year, rushed for 231 yards and two touchdowns.
"I had to go through eight or nine weeks of not getting to play with my brothers," Francois said. "Tonight I finally got to play and it felt great to run that ball again."
Following a first-quarter defensive stalemate that featured a turnover by both teams, the Trojans defense blinked first, allowing Jerry Ridley to explode for a 75-yard touchdown run.
Trailing by eight after Justin Dedonato converted a 2-point conversion, the Trojans strung together two plays for 90 yards to put them in the red zone.
After settling for a John Liberal 20-yard field goal, Francois got the Trojans going in the second half with a 60-yard touchdown run.
"When they first scored, we had to go through adversity a little bit and I like that pressure on me and I knew I had to score," Francois said.
After Francois ran five yards for his second touchdown of the night, the Trojans defense kept the Panthers off the board in the second half.
Jean Joseph returned the Trojans' second interception of the fourth quarter 99 yards to secure the Trojans victory.
Lely has a quick turnaround, playing at home against Clewiston on Tuesday a 7 p.m. in a game rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma.
LELY 24, CYPRESS LAKE 8
L 0 3 7 14 -- 24
CL 0 8 0 0 -- 8
CL -- Jerry Ridley 75 run (Justin Dedonato run), 8:49
L -- John Liberal 20 FG, 1:31
L -- Henderson Francois 60 run (Liberal kick), 8:46
L -- Francois 5 run (Liberal kick), 5:10
L -- Jean Joseph 99 interception return (Liberal kick), 0:45