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Gulf Coast outscored the Cougars 20-0 in the fourth quarter to win the Catfish Bowl for just the fourth time Adam Fisher, adam.fisher@naplesnews.com; 239-403-6135

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Capsules, scores from seven Collier County high school football games in Week 11

Gulf Coast 40, Barron Collier 35

Stunning Sharks: Gulf Coast shocked Barron Collier, erasing a 22-point deficit by outscoring the Cougars 20-0 in the fourth quarter. The Sharks (5-5) scored twice in the final 3 minutes and 15 seconds, both touchdown passes from freshman quarterback Konner Barrett to sophomore running back Cal Jarbo. Gulf Coast recovered its own onside kick after Jarbo’s first touchdown, then drove 50 yards in four plays and 1:09. “My heart was pounding,” Jarbo said of his game-winning 6-yard catch with 2:04 left. “It was really loud. I was just making sure I caught the ball.”

The freshman delivers: Barrett, thrust into the starting job in Week 1 due to injury, had the game of his career. The ninth-grader threw for three touchdowns and ran for another. He entered the game with three touchdown passes the entire season and 12 interceptions (he threw one Friday). Barrett kick-started the Sharks' offense with his legs. He rushed for 77 yards in the second quarter, when Gulf Coast trailed 21-0 then 28-6. Barrett finished with 139 yards rushing and 170 passing. He had just 161 rushing yards in nine games before Friday. “I am not much of a running quarterback,” Barrett said. “We were taking what the defense was giving us and it paid off.”

Cougars offense goes flat: Early on it looked like the Catfish Bowl might go to a running clock. Barron Collier scored on the second play of the game, then went up 21-0 on the second play of the second quarter. The Cougars (5-5) scored a touchdown on each of their first four possessions. After that, they scored just once more in the game’s final 28 minutes. Barron Collier got the ball at its own 20-yard line with 2:04 left down by five. The Cougars got to the Gulf Coast 38-yard line, but penalties and two Sharks sacks forced Barron Collier into a fourth-and-27 it couldn’t convert. “I’m frustrated that we couldn’t close the door and made mistakes that gave (Gulf Coast) the opportunities to climb back in and then win the game,” Cougars coach Mark Jackson said.

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Sharks take back the Catfish: Gulf Coast’s last win over Barron Collier in the annual rivalry game was in 2016. However, the Cougars had won 10 of the previous 11 matchups. It is only the fourth time the Sharks have won since the series began in 1998, the year Gulf Coast opened. Barron Collier holds an 18-4 all-time lead.

Grimes goodbye?: Barron Collier senior quarterback Jason Grimes threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for two touchdowns. He also threw an interception that Gulf Coast’s Tyler Hall returned 80 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. After two years as the starter, Grimes might have played his last game for the Cougars. Barron Collier will have to wait until Sunday to see if it earns an at-large bid to the playoffs in Class 6A-Region 4.

— Adam Fisher

First quarter

BC – Tyler Echeverry 10 run (Mason Campbell kick), 11:41

BC – Jaheim Arnold 13 pass from Jason Grimes (Campbell kick), 3:36

Second quarter

BC – Grimes 33 run (Campbell kick), 11:14

GC – Konner Barrett 8 run (kick blocked), 7:58

BC – Grimes 1 run (Campbell kick), 4:22

GC – Carson Vetor 21 pass from Barrett (pass failed), 1:54

Third quarter

GC – Tyler Hall 80 interception return (Barrett pass from Justin Mattia), 7:08

BC – Arnold 27 pass from Grimes (Campbell kick), 6:05

Fourth quarter

GC – Jovain Cameron 9 run (pass failed), 9:14

GC – Cal Jarbo 30 pass from Barrett (kick blocked), 3:15

GC – Jarbo 6 pass from Barrett (Barrett run), 2:04


First Baptist 42, Orlando-West Oaks 0

Unbeaten: The Lions completed a 10-0 regular season for the second time in school history. The 2012 team finished 13-1, losing in the state semifinals. First Baptist has made the playoffs in seven of the last eight seasons, missing only in 2017. The Lions were No. 2 in Class 2A-Region 4 in Tuesday's FHSAA Ratings Percentage Index, meaning they will get a first-round bye if that seeding remains when the playoff pairings are announced at 7 a.m. Sunday morning. "It feels good; it really does," FBA coach Billy Sparacio said of the undefeated season. "It was a great job. The kids made plays. ... It was a great team effort. The staff did a really good job of keeping everything focused and I'm real proud of our guys."

Seniors: First Baptist has just three of them — Joey Stover, Jacob Dever, and Kiev Rodriguez-Zogg — and they were honored, along with seniors in or connected to all fall sports, prior to the game. Stover had a big sack. The Lions are young with 16 freshmen on a 35-player roster. There are 11 juniors, so Senior Night will be a little bigger next year.

Mellien dominates: Freshman quarterback Rich Mellien threw four touchdowns (giving him 17 for the season), including a 46-yarder to junior Colby Gonzalez to start the scoring and a 64-yarder to freshman Olsen Henry to end the scoring. Henry also caught a 3-yard pass on fourth-and-goal with 3 seconds left in the first half. Mellien, who had 102 yards on six carries, added a 57-yard TD run in the second quarter for his 12th of the season. Mellien was 12 of 16 for 299 yards, and Tyler Coleman added 101 yards rushing. "Rich made some really nice plays tonight throwing the ball," Sparacio said. "A lot of them were on him."

A capital D: The Lions haven't given up more than 18 points in a game this season, but this was their first shutout. Damian Coleman had an interception at the FBA 20 to end an early drive by West Oaks (2-8). Jordan Jean Luc also recovered a fumble on a kickoff. "Our defense has been lights-out all season, but really the last few weeks they've been really special," Sparacio said.

— Greg Hardwig

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The First Baptist Academy Lions finished a 10-0 regular season with a 42-0 victory over Orlando-West Oaks Academy on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. Greg Hardwig, greg.hardwig@naplesnews.com; 239-263-4767

Port Charlotte 29, Palmetto Ridge 21

Playoff hopes dashed: The Bears entered the game on the outside looking in among the Class 6A-Region 4 playoff hopefuls, sitting in 10th place overall. Palmetto Ridge needed a win against an 8-1 Pirates team and some help to reach the playoffs, and the Bears certainly had their chances in this one. The Bears never punted on offense, but kept suffering self-inflicted wounds with bad snaps, penalties and other mental mistakes. Defensively, the Bears gave up a long touchdown on a third-and-21 play in the second half. “Those are the things we’ll need to work on in the offseason, cutting down on those little mistakes that cost you games,” Palmetto Ridge coach Chris Toukonen said. “This game was right there for us, but we kept shooting ourselves in the foot.”

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Freshman phenom: Palmetto Ridge (4-6) will have plenty of weapons returning on offense next season, including freshman running back Jaden Booker. The powerful youngster ran for more than 100 yards and a touchdown, completing his season with more than 1,000 rushing yards. “He’s physical,” Toukonen said. “He’s a Power Five running back, no doubt in my mind, you’ll be seeing him playing big-time college football on Saturday. I’m just glad we’ve got him for three more years.”

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Port Charlotte improves to 9-1 with hard-fought 29-21 win over Palmetto Ridge Andrew Sodergren, andy.sodergren@naplesnews.com, 239-263-4731

Season of what ifs: The Bears finished the season, winning four of five after an 0-5 start, with Toukonen lamenting three losses that could have changed the complexion of the season – a 6-3 loss to Victory Christian in Week 2, a 22-17 loss to Lely the week before quarterback Evan Rodriguez returned from a season-long injury, and Friday’s loss to Port Charlotte. “If we win any of those games, we’re in a much better position obviously,” Toukonen said. “That Lely game hurt because we had the lead late, and tonight we obviously had our chances against a quality opponent.”

Plenty of firepower returning: The Bears could have one of the area’s most talented offenses next season, with playmakers galore coming back. Among the returners are Division I prospects Kamonte Grimes and Malique Dieudonne at wide receiver, fellow D-1 prospect Caleb Cousins at tight end, Booker at running back and Rodriguez at quarterback. “The future is definitely bright for Palmetto Ridge,” Toukonen said.

-- Andrew Sodergren

PORT CHARLOTTE 29, PALMETTO RIDGE 21

PC    7    9    6    7    -    29

PR    0    7    7    7    -    21

Nova Southeastern University 44, Immokalee 6

Big plays lift Sharks: The Indians' first series from scrimmage produced their only big highlight of the evening. Jahiem Alviar hauled in a pass from Pedro Arvizu down the far sidelines and went on to a 74-yard touchdown to make it 7-6. After that, the Sharks (8-2) poured on 23 points and went into halftime with a 30-6 cushion in bringing a crushing end to the Indian summer. When Immokalee (3-7) entertained thoughts about getting back into it in the second half, University High ended them when quarterback Nick Vattioto hit Deion Small for a 77-yard touchdown. "They just had a lot of studs, a lot of dudes," Immokalee coach Rodelin Anthony said. "They have a lot of big guys. You can't really coach 6-foot-5 or 6-6. You can't coach height, you know? They made the plays. They have the God-given ability to make big plays happen."

Bright spots for Indians: Raheem Toombs led Immokalee's offense with 128 rushing yards. Arvizu threw for 110 yards and a score for Immokalee. 

All about fun: In missing the state playoffs for the first time in nine years, Anthony and the Indians tried to keep the mood light in the team's finale. "We wanted to go out and have fun. The coaches told the players to try to go out and be the kid in the backyard playing who wears his favorite NFL player's jersey," Anthony said. "That's what this game was about. Tonight, we learned that the biggest room in the world is room for improvement."

Adios, Gallegos: It was the final game for Immokalee assistant coach Israel Gallegos after 25 years with the team. Among the highlights of his career was the Indians' 2004 state championship.

— Tom Corwin

University High 44, Immokalee 6

Port Orange-Atlantic 31, Lely 6

Early hole: Atlantic controlled the game all night and took a 17-0 lead into halftime. Lely didn’t score until the fourth quarter, when quarterback Jonis Dieudonne had a touchdown pass to Sergio Morancy with 9:44 left to play. The Sharks scored two more touchdowns to close out their win.

Lely waits: The Trojans finish the regular season 6-4 after going 2-8 each of the past two seasons. It is their first winning record since they went 6-4 in 2016. Lely missed the playoffs that season, but first-year coach J.J. Everage doesn’t think that will be the case this year. The Trojans came into the game ranked fifth in the playoffs Ratings Percentage Index. They must finish in the top eight to earn an at-large bid. Five of the six teams with realistic shots to earn an at-large bid lost on Friday, including Lely, so Everage thinks the Trojans were ranked high enough to still get in. Lely will find out its fate when the FHSAA reveals the playoff brackets starting at 7 a.m. Sunday.

Coach’s comments: “I think Atlantic wanted it more than our team because they were playing to get in the playoffs while our guys seemed content to already be in the playoffs,” Everage said. “I have to do a better job next week preparing our young men for what I’m sure will be a top-notch opponent.”

— Daily News staff

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The Celtics picked up the shutout and put themselves in good shape for the playoffs. Chloe O'Connor, Special to Naples News

St. John Neumann 41, Carrollwood Day 0

Neumann strong overall: The Celtics scored six touchdowns, and the defense registered a shutout. Neumann's Joe Landy intercepted Carrollwood quarterback Brendan Palmer and returned it 10 yards.

Joyce has big night: Celtics quarterback Mike Joyce scored three touchdowns, threw for 250 yards and rushed for 80. He had no interceptions and no fumbles.

Important win for Neumann: This game was extremely important for the Celtics because they needed to win in order to clinch a playoff spot. Neumann will find out where it'll play Sunday morning.

— Chloe O'Connor

Other games

Somerset Academy 46, Community School 0

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