Cape Coral High saw a district football title slip away Friday night, and then the playoffs got away as well.
The East Lee County Jaguars took advantage of Seahawks turnovers to pin a 32-20 defeat on the Seahawks at Dave Warkentin Field Friday night.
The win earns East Lee (6-3, 5-0) its first District 5A-11 title. That, coupled with Estero pulling out a 41-39 victory over Lehigh, ended Cape's postseason hopes.
Cape High senior Ian MacCallum (10) eyes the loose ball he created by hitting East Lees David Campbell (9). James Zamor recovered the fumble for the Seahawks. More photos are available online at: cu.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com.
Estero takes second in the district with a 4-1 conference mark.
A Lehigh win would have left Cape Coral, Lehigh and Estero at 3-2 and in a three-way playoff for second place.
Instead, Cape (4-5, 3-2) will try to end the season with a home win Friday against Island Coast.
The Seahawks nearly climbed out of a 19-0 hole, scratching within 19-14 and reaching the Jaguars' 30 in the third quarter, but East Lee pulled away with a pair of touchdowns before Cape scored again in the final moments.
Eamon Smart led the Seahawks with 148 yards rushing in 19 carries and scored the final Seahawk TD on a five-yard pass from Trey Daniels.
Daniels' 17-yard TD run in the third quarter brought Cape within 19-14.
"Turnovers, big plays and penalties," Seahawks coach Larry Gary said. "I don't know how many interceptions we had (five). That's the way it is. It's unfortunate. We just couldn't get the job done."
Daniels had two TD passes and a TD run while throwing those five interceptions.
The first half was a disaster for the Seahawks. Daniels was intercepted four times, with two of the picks setting up Jaguar touchdowns. A high snap over punter Zachary Nash's head wound up in the hands of East Lee's Omaris Tolbert, who raced the final 25 yards for a touchdown.
Jaguars quarterback Winfred Ward scored on a one-yard run and Kendall Sawyer had a five-yard touchdown run.
It could have been worse. The Seahawks blocked an extra-point try on Sawyer's touchdown and East Lee couldn't convert a two-point try after Tolbert scored.
Cape got on the board late in the first half when Daniels connected with Kyle Fischl on a five-yard touchdown pass. Jordan Quebe intercepted Sawyer in the end zone to end a Jaguars scoring threat as the half ended.
Sawyer's one-yard run pushed East Lee's advantage to 25-14.
After another Cape drive stalled, Bryant Richardson salted the game away with a 57-yard scoring run late in the fourth quarter.
East Lee County 7 12 6 7 - 32
Cape Coral 0 7 7 6 - 20
ELC - Winfred Ward 1 run (Nimshi Massalos kick)
ELC - Kendall Sawyer 5 run (kick blocked)
ELC - Omaris Tolbert 25 fumble recovery (run failed)
Cape - Kyle Fischl 5 pass from Trey Daniels (Zachary Nash kick)
Cape - Daniels 17 run (Nash kick)
ELC - Sawyer 1 run (run failed)
ELC - Bryant Richardson 57 run (Massalos kick)
Cape - Eamon Smart 5 pass from Daniels (kick failed)