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The Indians beat Clearwater-Superior College at home in their spring game Adam Fisher, adam.fisher@naplesnews.com; 239-403-6135

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Immokalee 21, Clearwater-Superior Collegiate 14

Judging by Wednesday’s spring football game, Charles Toombs is in for a big season in 2019 – even bigger than 2018 when the Immokalee safety was one of the best defensive players in Collier County.

Toombs was one of three finalists for the Naples Daily News Defensive Player of the Year last season and played well enough to earn six Division I scholarship offers. After a 21-14 win over Clearwater-Superior Collegiate, Toombs showed he can be a star on the other side of the ball, too.

A 5-foot-11, 165-pound rising senior, Toombs scored all three touchdowns for Immokalee. He had five catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns as a receiver, but his biggest play came at his true position.

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With 2:37 left to play, Toombs stepped up from his safety position and picked off an errant pass from Superior Collegiate. He weaved through the Legion offense and returned the interception 25 yards for the game-winning score.

“My coach called a great play,” Toombs said. “He already said it was gonna be picked before (the quarterback) threw the ball. We knew what was coming.”

After nine interceptions as a sophomore and five as a junior, Toombs has offers from North Carolina State, Iowa State, Kentucky, Temple and FAU. He said he plans to visit Iowa State and Kentucky this summer.

Toombs caught his first touchdown pass from R.J. Rosales, who is returning for his senior year after passing for more than 4,900 yards and 60 touchdowns his first three seasons.

Rosales, a finalist for Offensive Player of the Year the past two seasons and winner in 2017, completed 7 of 9 passes for 86 yards. He did not play in the second half so the Indians could get experience for their two backups.

Recruiters from LSU and Penn State were on the sideline at Immokalee, mostly to see Superior College rising senior running back Keyvone Lee.

Lee has 25 offers from Football Championship Subdivision schools, 18 in Power Five conferences. He decommitted from Florida in February. Lee had a 23-yard touchdown run in the second quarter that tied the game at 7-7.

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Both teams ushered in first-year head coaches in spring action, playing to a 14-14 tie. Bryan Cooney, bcooney@news-press.com

Golden Gate 14, South Fort Myers 14

Wednesday’s spring football game between Golden Gate and South Fort Myers presented two programs undergoing similar transitions with varying degrees of expectations.

The Titans, coming off of a solid 6-4 campaign in 2018, have turned to first-year head coach Nick Bigica after losing 27 seniors and the bulk of their production offensively. The Wolfpack have turned to former Stoneman Douglas head coach Willis May to try and return South Fort Myers among the top programs in Lee County after a disappointing 1-9 season last year.

The two teams combined to show flashes and enthusiasm Wednesday.

Bigica is introducing a new offensive scheme with an inexperienced crew, particularly on the offensive line. Running backs Christian Perez and Billensky Riphin each punched in short touchdown runs as the Titans featured quick hitters and toss sweeps for the majority of the night.

“With a whole new scheme, there’s going to be a learning process to it,” Bigica said. “We’ve got kids that are willing to learn. Our coaches did a awesome job tonight giving kids breaks when they needed to. Tonight we could have done some things better and I’m glad that some things didn’t go too well because it’ll give the kids some ammunition going into the summer in the weight room.”

The Wolfpack picked up two impressive touchdown runs in the second half, with Demarion Johnson rumbling in a 17-yard score in the third quarter and Nathan Castor’s 67-yard touchdown run in the fourth.

May wasn’t terribly pleased with what he saw on the field Wednesday, but bringing back accountability to a program that needs an adjustment in attitude is something he feels his players are capable of doing.

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“We’ve had to let some kids go that haven’t been accountable and it’s been a bit of an issue after having gone through a year where you go 1-9,” May said. “At South, they expect to win district titles and have some of the best athletes in the area. We need to get it back to where it should be around here and it’s going to take a lot of hard work to do so. I think these kids are going to continue to learn to know what I expect from them.”

— Bryan Cooney

Spring football

Thursday, May 16 

Ida Baker 12, LaBelle 0

Estero, First Baptist at Lely jamboree

Friday, May 17

Miami-Carol City 55, Naples 17

Lake Wales 7, Fort Myers 0 (jamboree)

Lake Wales 24, Bonita Springs 7 (jamboree)

Fort Myers 21, Bonita Springs 2 (jamboree)

Gulf Coast 12, Cape Coral 6 (jamboree)

Charlotte 20, Cape Coral 6 (jamboree)

Charlotte 20, Gulf Coast 0 (jamboree)

Barron Collier 53, Bradenton-Southeast 34

Braden River 35, Lehigh 14

Hardee 20, Riverdale 6

Port Charlotte 12, Dunbar 12

Lemon Bay 10, Island Coast 6

Saturday, May 18

Palmetto Ridge 23, Key West 6

Wednesday, May 22 

Golden Gate 14, South Fort Myers 14

Immokalee 21, Superior Collegiate 14

Thursday, May 23 

Mariner at Bishop Verot, 7 p.m.

North Fort Myers at Cypress Lake, 7 p.m.

Friday, May 24 

Oasis at Fort Pierce-John Carroll, 7 p.m. 

Gateway, Admiral Farragut, SFCA at St. John Neumann jamboree, 7 p.m. 

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