Naples football runs past Lehigh in Class 6A Regional Quarterfinal on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. Naples won 27-6. James Kellerman, firstname.lastname@example.org; 239-272-2822
Naples 27, Lehigh 6
At Staver Field, Naples High School
• The Golden Eagles’ defense was the star of the Class 6A-Region 3 quarterfinal game, particularly in the first half. No. 8 seed Lehigh finished with 164 yards, but most those yards came on scoreless drives. Naples had four sacks and forced three turnovers. The No. 1 seed Eagles even knocked Lehigh starting quarterback D’Mateo Collins out of the game at one point.
• Naples played its third straight game without senior running back and Clemson recruit Chez Mellusi, who is nursing a foot injury. Without Mellusi, junior running back Elan Sommala has taken over the offense. He ran for 250 yards and two touchdowns Friday, giving him 665 yards the past three games. “I know my role has to improve (without Mellusi) … but it’s a whole team effort,” Sommala said. “I can’t do it without my offensive line and everyone else. We have to play as one unit to win.”
• Lehigh scored its lone touchdown in the fourth quarter on a short field, and the Lightning needed to get tricky to do it. After Naples lost a fumble at its own 10-yard line, Lehigh lined up for a field goal on fourth-and-goal from the 7. Holder Delshawn Green, who played quarterback the first half of the season, took the snap, rolled left, then threw a touchdown strike to Bud Chaney.
• The late Lightning score was the first time the Naples defense had allowed a touchdown in the second half in eight games. “We knew we had to come out tonight and be physical and hit them hard. Play the Dollar way,” Golden Eagles senior defensive tackle Loobert Denelus said, referring to defensive coordinator Sam Dollar. And what is the Dollar way? “Physicality,” said Denelus, who had two sacks and a fumble recovery. “Hit hard every play.”
• After a fairly even first quarter – Naples didn’t score until 40 seconds were left in the opening period – the Eagles took control thanks to back-to-back Lehigh turnovers in the second. D’Andre St. Jean intercepted a pass, leading to a 29-yard field goal by Nick Herber. On the Lightning’s next play they lost a fumble. Three plays later, Sommala scored his second touchdown to give Naples a 17-0 lead with 3:02 left in the first half.
• “Naples is always going to be tough, especially up front,” Lehigh coach James Chaney said. “We had some problems blocking them. I thought our defense played decent. We’re just a work-in-progress right now. … We came here to win. We weren’t happy just getting into the playoffs. We did everything possible we could do to win this football game.”
Records: Lehigh 6-4, Naples 10-1
Next games: Nov. 16 – Fort Myers at Naples, 7:30 p.m.
-- Adam Fisher
LH 0 0 0 6 – 6
N 7 10 10 0 – 27
N – Elan Sommala 6 run (Nick Herber kick), 0:40
N – Herber 29 FG, 5:09
N – Sommala 14 run (Herber kick), 3:26
N – Herber 33 FG, 7:53
N – Chase Bertucci 20 run (Herber kick), 3:02
LH – Bud Chaney 7 pass from Delshawn Green (run failed), 9:03
— Adam Fisher
North Fort Myers 24, Largo 17
• Trailing 17-16, a pass interference call on Largo also moved the ball for North Fort Myers, giving them a first down at the Packers’ 19. A few plays later, Hunter Kobylanski bulled his way in for a 5-yard touchdown. Quarterback Johnathan Charles then ran up the middle for the two-point conversion, and the Red Knights led with 1:50 remaining.
• North Fort Myers’ offensive and defensive lines dominated for most of three quarters. Two Shomari Mason touchdowns in the first half, including 32-yarder, propelled the Red Knights to a 13-3 halftime lead.
• “We knew they’re a physical, fast team,” said North Fort Myers coach Dwayne Mack, whose team limited Largo to 97 yards of offense in the first half. “We tried to slow the game down.”
• Largo’s Andre Bell broke tackles up the middle and was on his way to the end zone but he fumbled at the 15. It appeared Largo’s Colin Shaw recovered for the Packers, but the North was awarded the ball and after two kneel downs, the game was over.
• “The kids were very resilient,” said Mack. “They did it for the Fort Myers community.”
Records: North Fort Myers 8-3, Largo 7-4
Next game: Nov. 16 – North Fort Myers at Charlotte
A look at Evangelical's home loss of 54-7 to Cambridge Christian in a Class 2A regional quarterfinal on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. Dana Caldwell, email@example.com; 239-253-7401
Cambridge Christian 54, ECS 7
At Evangelical Christian School
• Evangelical came in as the winner of four straight games and with a 52.7 scoring average during those. The No. 4 seed Sentinels also averaged 437 yards. The Sentinels had 135 yards against the fifth-seeded Lancers in the Class 2A-Region 3 quarterfinal.
• Evangelical senior quarterback Logan Pearlman came in needing just 27 yards to become the 16th player in Lee County history to throw for 2,000 yards in a season. He also needed just 188 yards to break the Sentinels' single-season record that still stands at 2,161. Pearlman had a rough night. He completed 4 of 21 attempts for 72 yards with two interceptions, good enough to join the 2,000 club. He also had the Sentinels' lone score as he turned a busted play into a left-sideline, 68-yard gallop for a touchdown.
• Sentinels sophomore running back Jerren Robinson had a 121.3 rushing average. He also had 15 touchdowns. Still does. He managed just eight yards on 11 carries against a very good Cambridge defense.
• Cambridge running back Julian Suriel had 135 yards and a touchdown on just 13 carries.
• Lancers quarterback Mikal Willeke was an efficient 5 of 11 for 147 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Records: Cambridge 4-7, Evangelical 7-5
Next game: Nov. 16 -- Cambridge at St. Petersburg-Admiral Farragut, 7:30 p.m.
— Dana Caldwell
CC 20 20 7 7 -- 54
EC 0 7 0 0 -- 7
CC -- Preston Snider 43 run (kick blocked), 11:15
CC -- Julian Suriel 3 run (pass failed), 5:00
CC -- Justin Froelich 39 pass from Mikal Willeke (Titan Williamson pass from Willeke), 2:23
CC -- Williamson 9 run (pass failed), 11:55
EC -- Logan Pearlman 68 run (Trevor Magner kick), 6:08
CC -- Froelich 12 yards (Suriel run), 3:56
CC -- Junius Banger 39 pass from Willeke (pass failed), :23
CC -- Banger 60 interception return (Sergey Fitzgerald kick), 11:00
CC -- Froelich 2 run (Fitzgerald kick), 4:50
LaBelle 14, Lake Placid 13
At LaBelle High
• Maynard Blackmon’s 11-yard run with 3:56 left gave No. 3 seed LaBelle the 14-13 win over No. 6 Lake Placid in the Class 4A-Region 3 quarterfinal. The Cowboys gained revenge after losing to Lake Placid 32-18 earlier in the season. Blackmon, who unofficially ran for 105 yards, had the Cowboys’ other TD, a 1-yard run.
• Enrique Hernandez made two big plays, which led to LaBelle’s touchdowns. He first caught a 55-yard pass from QB Bryce that jump-started LaBelle’s offense and was the highlight of a 97-yard drive. He then had a 42-yard punt return down to the Lake Placid 18. Three plays later Blackmon scored his second TD of the game.
• Lake Placid took a 13-0 lead after the first quarter. LaBelle drew within 13-7 and stopped the Dragons at the 1 just before halftime.
• The Cowboys overcame a rash of penalties in the first quarter and at the end of the game, it was Lake Placid making critical penalties.
• Javari White, who started the game with a 54-yard run, finished with 120 yards rushing for Lake Placid.
Records: LaBelle 8-3, Lake Placid 6-5
Next game: Nov. 16 — LaBelle at Bishop Verot
-- Craig Handel
Maynard Blackmon tan for 2 TDs in Cowboys’ playoff win. Craig Handel, CHANDEL@NEWS-PRESS.COM
LP 13 0 0 0 — 13
L 0 7 0 7 — 14
LP – Katwan Ward 11 run (run failed), 8:26
LP – Erskin Tolliver 19 pass from Shamar Mitchell (Diego Garrido), :25
L – Maynard Blackmon 1 run (Enrique Hernandez kick), 5:25
L – Blackmon 11 run (Hernandez kick), 3:56
Highlights: Riverdale unbeaten season ends with 45-8 first-round playoff loss to Bloomingdale Seth Soffian, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bloomingdale 45, Riverdale 8
• Bloomingdale did not appreciate talk that Riverdale got a break not having to face Braden River in the first round. “We showed them a few things, the media and stuff down here,” Bulls coach Max Warner said. “I don’t play a whole lot into that, social media and all that other stuff. But any edge you can use, especially in the playoffs.”
• Riverdale outsmarted itself somewhat, too. It’s precision single wing offense – hard for any team to prepare for given its rarity and even tougher in a short week of film – was not sharp overall or with the addition of a few new wrinkles. On one second-quarter drive the Raiders had three straight 5-yard presnap penalties. And twice in the first half they had snaps go between runners. One was on the opening drive that ended with a short punt and quick Bloomingdale score. Another in the second quarter set up a blocked punt recovered by Bloomingdale in the end zone for a 15-8 lead.
• The game was tied 8-8 at that point late in the second quarter. But Riverdale had a blocked punt recovered in the end zone, then had to punt again with only 47 seconds left in the half. Bloomingdale needed only three plays – with a 15-yard Riverdale late hit – to move about 70 yards and score on a 32-yard pass over the middle misplayed by the safety to lead 22-7 at the half.
• “They were big and physical. I don’t know that it was more than we could handle,” said Riverdale coach James Delgado. “We had a plan in place and as coaches I don’t know if our plan was good enough to beat those guys. I’ll take responsibility for that. Maybe we tried to do too much and should have just stuck true to our guns and to our base and made that go. But as players, we also had a job to do to execute that plan. I think we all could have done things a bit better.”
• Riverdale, which became the eighth Lee County school to post an undefeated regular season, fell to 1-7 all-time in the playoffs, with its only win remaining in 2005. Bloomingdale won its first-ever playoff game after losing in the first round in three prior appearances, all also on the road.
Records: Bloomingdale 10-1, Riverdale 10-1
— Seth Soffian
B 8 14 7 16 – 45
R 0 8 0 0 – 8
B — Charles Montgomery 16 run (Dominic Gonnella run) 7:48
R — Anterieon Payne 63 pass from Da’Reous Bell (Quantavius Brown run), 11:48
B — Levi Williams blocked punt recovered in end zone (Jacob McDonald kick), 2:03
B – Terrel Ferrell 32 pass from Montgomery (McDonald kick), 0:14
B — Williams 36 run (McDonald kick), 10:42
B — Ferrell 11 pass from Montgomery (McDonald kick), 9:54
B — Safety, tackled in end zone, 3:00
B — Charlie Skinner 1 pass from Jon Catala (McDonald kick), 1:55
First Baptist coach Billy Sparacio after the Lions lost at Glades Day, 49-39, in the Class 2A regional quarterfinals Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. Chris Nelsen, Special to the Naples Daily News
Belle Glade-Glades Day 49, First Baptist Academy 39
At Belle Glade
• FBA senior running back Austin Edie racked up 134 yards and three touchdowns in the second half, giving the No. 6 seed Lions a chance to pull the upset at No. 3 Glades Day in the Class 2A-Region 4 quarterfinal. Edie finished with 20 carries for 165 yards.
• Each time the host Gators started to pull away, FBA answered. Glades Day went up, 42-25, with 8:25 left in the fourth quarter, but the Lions responded with Edie’s 47-yard scoring run and then, following a botched Glades Day punt deep in its own territory, sophomore quaterback Brady Dean connected with Tyler Cavaliere for a 9-yard scoring pass, cutting the Gators’ lead to 42-39 with 4:29 left.
• Gators junior quarterback Anthony McPhee proved too much for the Lions’ defense, accounting for six offensive touchdowns (three passing, three rushing), including a 1-yard plunge to make it 49-39 with 1:54 left. McPhee also had a 55-yard interception return for a score on defense.
• Dean was not shy about airing the ball out. He finished 15-of-39 passing for 174 yards and two TDs.
• Lions senior linebacker Cole Brecka had fumble recoveries on consecutive Glades Day possessions in the second quarter. Unfortunately for the Lions, neither turnover resulted in points.
Records: GDS 7-4, FBA 4-7
Next game: Nov. 16 —GDS plays at No. 2 St. John Neumann at 7:30 p.m.
-- Chris Nelsen
FBA 6 6 13 14 — 39
GD 7 21 0 21 — 49
GD — Anthony McPhee 55 interception return (Rett Lohmann kick) 7:48
FBA — Thomas Casey 4 run (kick blocked) 3:16
FBA — Tyler Cavaliere 20 pass from Brady Dean (pass failed) 9:52
GD — Jacob Camacho 46 pass from McPhee (Lohmann kick) 7:07
GD — Stephano Napolitano 15 pass from McPhee (Lohmann kick) 3:20
GD — Camacho 42 pass from McPhee (Lohmann kick) 2:15
FBA — Austin Edie 1 run (pass failed) 5:19
FBA — Edie 14 run (Araya kick) :51
GD — McPhee 10 run (Lohmann kick) 10:47
GD — McPhee 43 run (Lohmann kick) 8:25
FBA — Edie 47 run (Araya kick) 6:54
FBA — Cavaliere 9 pass from Dean (Araya kick) 4:29
GD — McPhee 1 run (Lohmann kick) 1:54
Carrollwood Day 41, SFCA 3
At Carrollwood Day
• This was Carrollwood’s first postseason victory in school history. The Patriots had been shut out in two previous playoff appearances (2013 and 2015).
• Senior quarterback Chris Butash, a Holy Cross commit, threw five touchdown passes. Butash completed 12 of 19 passes for 309 yards and an interception.
• If there was a turning point, it came late in the first quarter after a Billy Faraj 20-yard field goal pulled SFCA within 7-3. Carrollwood Day’s Kyle Benedict returned the ensuing kickoff 62 yards and two penalties on the play put the Patriots on the 10. Three plays later, Reidel Anthony Jr.’s TD catch started a 34-0 run by Carrollwood Day.
• “We talked about not having those critical mistakes,’’ SFCA coach Bill Moore said. “That has been one of our problems where we get on these rolls and then we turn the ball over or we get these big penalties. Unfortunately, we didn’t execute the kick very well, we didn’t execute the coverage, (Benedict) gets a big return, and we get frustrated.’’
• Southwest Florida Christian, winless in two playoff games in as many years, got a fumble recovery from Kyle Nolen and interceptions from Justin Losapio and Luke Hill.
Records: Carrollwood Day 6-5, SFCA 2-9