As school ends for the summer, the Ida Baker Bulldogs got one more lesson.
Two lessons actually. One, Naples is good; two, don't give up.
The Bulldogs nearly dug out of a 42-14 hole Thursday night, rallying within 42-35 in their spring football game loss to Naples at Ida Baker High School.
Coach Brian Conn's team, though outplayed for three quarters, built momentum for the fall with three fourth-period Sage Attwood touchdown passes.
Attwood had four TD throws overall, including a 76-yarder to Trey Boyd. Boyd provided the first Baker touchdown with a 90-yard kickoff return.
Naples dominated early, with new quarterback Garrett Zech rushing for three touchdowns and Carlin Fils-Amie running for two more. Antonio Carbonaro had the final Eagles score on a 21-yard run. In all, Naples rushed for 311 yards against a Baker defense which lost most of its line to graduation.
Those fourth-quarter Bulldog touchdowns came against the Naples reserves. Still, Conn was pleased that his team fought back to make the final score close.
"It was a great opportunity to play a team like Naples," Conn said. "We knew they were going to be a good, team, well-coached, and spring ball is a great opportunity to face a team like that."
Naples drove 80 yards on the game's first possession, with Zech ripping off runs of 20 and 35 yards before he scored the first of his three touchdowns.
Burke took the kickoff back 90 yards for a score, but Zech scored twice more and Fils-Amie rushed 42 yards for a score to give Naples a 28-7 lead at the break.
Zech is replacing Kilton Anderson, who had a combined 45 touchdowns passing and running last year in leading Naples to a 12-1 mark. Anderson's family is moving to Seattle.
The Eagles rolled up 15 first downs in the first half. Between the Naples ground attack and Burke's kick return, Baker didn't have an offensive play until only 1:29 remained in the first quarter. Veteran Naples coach Bill Kramer wasn't holding anything back, having his punter run twice for first downs and almost pulling off an onsides kick that was spoiled by a penalty.
Fils-Amie scored in the third quarter, and Baker answered with the 76-yard Attwood-to-Burke TD pass.
"We got in the hole quick and they made a lot of plays," Conn said. "We had a big special teams play (Burke's kickoff return) and besides that we didn't do a whole lot offensively or defensively. The second half, they got some of their reserves in. We didn't have the luxury of doing that with some injuries we had but our kids fought through to the end."
Attwood, who guided Ida Baker to a seven-win season a year ago, had 184 yards passing and four touchdowns.
"Something that we've preached since January is trying to win a district title, to be the first team in school history," said Conn. "If you do that you get to play teams like that in November and that's definitely what our goal is."
Naples 14 14 7 7 - 42
Ida Baker 7 0 7 21 - 35
N - Zech 2 run (Jerry Nunez kick)
IB - Boyd 90 kick return (Barahona kick)
N - Zech 4 run (Nunez kick)
N - Carlin Fils-Amie 42 run (Nunez kick)
N - Zech 3 run (Nunez kick)
N - Fils-Amie 6 run (Nunez kick)
IB - Boyd 76 pass from Attwood (Barahona kick)
N - Carbonaro 21 run (Nunez kick)
IB - Urraro 21 pass from Attwood (Barahona kick)
IB - Clark 4 pass from Attwood (Barahona kick)
IB - Dumas 27 pass from Attwood (Barahona kick)
Rushing - Naples: Zech 13-96, Joseph 11-80, Fils-Amie 7-47, Hayes 1-2, Riley 1-(-1), Byrd 2-27, Ramos 2-4, Carbonaro 12-56, Team 1-2, Michael Walker 2-2. Baker - Attwood 13-24, Garrow 6-71, Boyd 2-2, Febles 2-(-1).
Passing - Naples: Zech 12-18-0 82, Walker 1-1-0 26, Riley 0-2-0 0. Baker - Attwood 9-18-1 184.
Receiving - Naples: Hayes 8-40, Fils-Amie 1-6, Phillips 1-16, Joseph 2-20, Brown 1-26. Baker - Clarke 4-70, Burke 2-77, Febles 1-7, Dumas 1-27/