Facing a tough city rival in the first game of the season is not something Ida Baker's football program has done before.
"I guess we'll find out Friday night," noted Bulldogs coach Brian Conn. "We've not done this before right out of the gate, but if anything else the kids have been kind of locked in all through preseason for this and even back to summer workouts."
Conn sees Island Coast as very talented at the skill positions with veterans on the offensive line. The game kicks off at 7:30 at Island Coast.
Cape Coral junior quarterback Dylan Bontrager (6) scrambles for yardage during the Seahawks’ 41-24 preseason win last Friday. The Seahawks make their regular season debut tonight at East Lee County.
"I expect it will be another great Island Coast game," said Conn. "I think it will come down to the team that makes the least turnovers, or causes the most turnovers, has the best shot to win."
The Bulldogs did little wrong in their preseason game at Bishop Verot last Friday, piling up 61 points in a shutout win. Island Coast had similar success beating preseason opponent East Lee County 41-0.
"We kind of piled up the points in the second and third quarters," said Conn. "Ultimately I think our uptempo offense wore them out a bit and we did a pretty good job of limiting our mental mistakes."
Four seniors - Levi Walton, Brett Fenske, Philip Monroe and Wilfred Dillard - anchor the Bulldogs' offensive front which is expected to carry a lot of the load. The offense and the returning seniors are the strength of the Bulldogs this season.
"We're senior heavy, so even with the weather the one thing I see is the kids are pretty mature," said Conn. "We still accomplished things in practice. We are as prepared as we can be for Island Coast."
In Friday's other season opening contests, the Cape Coral Seahawks travel to East Lee County, Mariner visits Estero, North Fort Myers is at Braden River, Bishop Verot invades Fort Myers and Oasis treks down to Marco Island.