Game results for Collier County high school football teams from Week 3:
Lely 6, Ida Baker 3
Intercepting victory: The Trojans earned the comeback win when Lens Edouard returned an interception 64 yards for the game’s only touchdown. Edouard earned the right to hoist the Turnover Belt, a boxing-style championship belt that was donated to the program by Foxboro Sports Tavern owner Thom Popoli. A few minutes later, Harvey Shakeem put an exclamation point on the game with another pick.
Teams on the rise: Both the Trojans and the Bulldogs entered the game at 2-0 after stretches of losing seasons. Both defenses fought to prove that their records were no fluke. The result was a hard-fought, low-scoring contest with four interceptions and no offensive touchdowns. “They come from the same place that we’ve come from,” Baker coach Chuck Faucette said. “I know they’re buying in over there just like we’re buying in over here. We knew that it was going to be a tough game and the team that made the least amount of mistakes was going to win.”
No sick day taken: Lely linebacker Jayden Noel played through flu-like symptoms, which helped motivate the Trojans defense in shutting down the Bulldogs. “He played lights-out all night,” Lely coach J.J. Everage said. “We tried to keep him hydrated as much as we could, and that defense kept us in the game – won the game for us – tonight.”
Missed opportunities: The Baker defense gave the Bulldogs chances to take the lead at different points of the game with the recovery of a fumble on a Lely snap and interceptions by Vitco Mieses and Austin Bruce. It was effectively a shutout, as Lely’s only points were scored by its own defense. However, Baker’s offense was unable to draw momentum from the advantage in field position, only scoring on a 32-yard Joseph Nappoli field goal early in the fourth.
— Dave Montrose
Golden Gate 42, Bonita Springs 0
Bull Sharks grounded: Golden Gate ran at will on the inexperienced Bull Sharks defense, with junior quarterback Joaquin Acuna orchestrating the offense to near perfection. The signal-caller also had two of the game’s biggest plays, ripping off touchdown runs of 41 and 70 yards. He was far from the only one doing damage on the ground, however. Dorien Parris tore off a 78-yard run on the Titans’ second possession, and then capped the drive with a 12-yard touchdown run. Christian Perez took an option pitch for 53 yards and a score, while former starting quarterback Ryan Magel found the end zone on a 27-yard run.
Rookie mistakes plague Bonita: Any chance the Bull Sharks may have had of staying in the game was wiped away by miscues. The Bull Sharks had the Titans stopped on a drive early in the game and then blocked a punt. However, Bonita touched the ball and fumbled it back to the Titans. After Perez scored his touchdown to put the Titans up 14-0 late in the first, the Bull Sharks were late to cover the kickoff, and it rolled into the hands of a Golden Gate defender, setting up Magel’s touchdown run. Offensively, Xavier Estrada had a receiver wide open down the middle of the field, but he put too much air under the pass and Golden Gate’s Leo Svagner picked it off. Svagner later capped the scoring, turning a short pass from Acuna into a 71-yard touchdown play. “I told the guys we need to start believing in ourselves,” Bull Sharks coach Rich Dombroski said. “Golden Gate showed up tonight, believed in what they were doing and took it to us. We had a great week of practice. We did what we needed to do, but we came out tonight and we did not believe. Getting that inner strength that we need to find within ourselves, that I’m going to do my job, do what I need to do to be successful for the team. That’s the message – believe in what we’re doing and sell out for your teammates.”
Bigica pleased with Titans’ progress: Golden Gate lost its season opener 27-0 to Gulf Coast, but since then has picked up victories over Estero and Bonita Springs. First-year coach Nick Bigica likes what he has seen from his squad, noting the steady improvement in practice over the past few weeks. “It’s a testament to the kids, how they practice,” Bigica said. “We’re on them pretty hard that you have to practice well to play well. And they’re really starting to practice well all the time, and that’s when good teams become great teams.”
— Andrew Sodergren
Golden Gate's rushing attack too much for youthful Bonita Springs to handle in Titans' 42-0 victory Andrew Sodergren, email@example.com, 239-263-4731
Golden Gate 42, Bonita Springs 0
G 21 21 0 0 - 42
B 0 0 0 0 - 0
GG - Dorien Parris 12 run (kick blocked), 3:37
GG - Christian Perez 53 run (Parris run), :16
GG - Ryan Magel 27 run (Joaquin Acuna kick), :08
GG - Acuna 41 run (Acuna kick), 9:11
GG - Acuna 70 run (Acuna kick), 4:19
GG - Leo Svagner 71 pass from Acuna (Acuna kick), :30
Naples 38, Monsignor Pace 26
Golden Eagles two-dimensional on offense: Naples has had a history of running the football in between the tackles. After struggles on the ground last week and some Friday night, Kramer let sophomore quarterback Dominiq Ponder sling it a few times. Ponder’s final stat line was: 6-of-10, 127 yards, and a touchdown that went to Paul St. Louis, who finished with 4 receptions for 89 yards. The Golden Eagles rushing attack was ineffective during portions of the game. They ran for 163 yards on 36 carries (4.53 yards per carry).
Pace speedster has field day against Naples secondary: Spartans wide receiver Keyshawn Brown couldn’t have had a better game against the Golden Eagles. Brown caught 9 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns. On numerous occasions, the Naples secondary was within reach, but Brown’s elusiveness helped extend plays for Monsignor Pace.
Where’s the defense?: At Naples, the defense was highly touted during the Sam Dollar days, posting numerous shutouts and not giving up many yards. In Friday night’s game, the Golden Eagles defense allowed 517 yards, with 364 coming through the air from Monsignor Pace quarterback Emile Bien-Aime. However, the Naples' defensive line was able to get to Bien-Aime for much of the second half, forcing sacks and disrupting his rhythm.
Naples coach Bill Kramer on starting 3-0: “I’m really proud of them, and the coaches. It was tough this week. We lost a day of prep and that’s always hard for us because we try to out prepare our opponents. Nonetheless, our guys came out, executed and couldn’t be more proud. I don’t think a lot of people thought we would come out unscathed playing those three teams, and we’re pretty healthy. That’s as good as it could get for us right now.”
— Alex Martin
Franck Pierre had two touchdowns to lead Immokalee to a 16-10 win over Gulf Coast on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. Greg Hardwig, firstname.lastname@example.org; 239-263-4767
Immokalee 16, Gulf Coast 10
Pierre comes up big: Immokalee wide receiver Franck Pierre scored late in last week's loss to Tampa-Jesuit, and that was just a preview for Friday. Pierre made 26- and 32-yard catch and runs for touchdowns for the Indians' two scores. On the latter, he caught the ball on the right sideline near the line of scrimmage, then saw nothing open and crossed the field, eventually going down the left sideline for the touchdown. "He's a rare specimen for us," Immokalee coach Rodelin Anthony said. "He works for us. The sky's the limit for him."
Double QBs: Both teams used a pair of quarterbacks, and had them both on the field at the same time frequently. Lukas Soto got the start for Immokalee (1-2), but was quickly switched to wide receiver and replaced by Pedro Arvizu, who threw both touchdowns. Gulf Coast's Justin Mattia, who was knocked out of the preseason game against Naples early, played for the first time since then. He started the second half and played a couple of series at quarterback, then shifted to running back and also played some receiver. Freshman Konner Barrett starting and playing most of the game at quarterback. "We told Justin what we needed and he found a way to help us," Gulf Coast coach Tom Scalise said. "That kid's going to be a CEO of a company because he gets that sometimes you just have to roll up your sleeves and it doesn't matter who gets the credit."
Toombs ends it: Florida Atlantic commit Charles Toombs had a handful of big plays — a fumble recovery where officials ruled the Gulf Coast running back was down, and a pair of punt returns, one for a touchdown, that were called back by penalties. But Toombs came up biggest with an interception at the Immokalee 2 in the fourth quarter. "That was a game-clinching interception," Toombs said. "You have to put the game away some type of way."
Sharks inefficient: While Immokalee had only scored a touchdown each in its first two games, Gulf Coast (1-2) had averaged 19 points a game in splitting its first two. But after an early drive that resulted in a Jackson Beebe 24-yard field goal, the Sharks couldn't put together many drives, and when they did, they stalled in or near Immokalee territory. Barrett did have a 32-yard Hail Mary touchdown to Domenick Cupelo with 1:10 left. "The defense did a really good job," Anthony said. "We've got to continue to complement them on the offensive side of the ball."
— Greg Hardwig
Immokalee 16, Gulf Coast 10