Week 3 of the high school football season enabled Bishop Verot and Island Coast to record their first wins last weekend, but not so for the Mariner Tritons and North Fort Myers Red Knights.
It took three overtimes for the Gators (1-1) to get past South Fort Myers 16-9 while Verot handled North Broward Prep 41-30.
The Tritons (0-3) were shut out for the first time in a lopsided loss at Port Charlotte and the Red Knights (0-3) fell to Gulf Coast 21-12.
Ida Baker (3-0) proved to be the better team in its 49-32 showdown win with previously unbeaten city rival Cape Coral.
Six of the seven teams in District 5A-14 open play their first district games this Friday night. Cape Coral (2-1) atop the division standings hosts Cypress Lake (1-2) while Mariner (0-3) visits winless North Fort Myers (0-3) and Island Coast (1-1) squares off with Lemon Bay (1-1).
Ida Baker 49, Cape Coral 32: Baker handed the Seahawks their first defeat with Bulldogs senior quarterback Sage Attwood accounted for six touchdowns, four rushing and two passing. He also ran for 116 yards and passed for 224.
"They just beat our butts," Seahawks coach Larry Gary said. "They're a good football team. They were the better team. Every time we came back they found a way to score."
It was anybody's game in the first half, with Baker holding a 36-32 advantage. The second half was a 13-0 Bulldogs shutout.
"That's not the score or the amount of yards I expected from both sides going in," Bulldogs coach Brian Conn said. "Both defenses, on film, were very stout. That first half, it seemed like big plays for them and we were moving with a good tempo."
Eamon Smart ran for 102 yards for the Seahawks, scoring two touchdowns. He also caught a TD pass.
The first half alone had enough thrills for all four quarters. The big plays came early and often.
Cape's Dylan Bontrager lateraled to Austin Cole, who hit Justin Parmeley for 68 yards. Smart scored from seven yards out on the next play. That awakened the Bulldogs.
Baker came roaring back with a 33-yard Attwood touchdown pass to Geordan Hoagwood, followed by a 16-yard Attwood run set up by Wyatt Griffith's punt return to the Seahawks' 20.
The Bulldogs made it 16-7 on a safety when Seahawks punter Mateo Perez stepped out of the end zone. It became 22-7 as the second quarter began. Attwood ran it in from nine yards out.
Just when it started to look like the game was getting out of control, Smart raced 80 yards to get the Seahawks back into the hunt. Then it was tied. The Seahawks recovered a muffed Baker punt attempt on the Bulldogs' 12. On fourth down, Bontrager ran eight yards for the touchdown. Bontrager then hit Keashawn McCoy for a two-point conversion to make it 22-22.
Bontrager's 65-yard pass to C.J. Lewis got Cape inside the Baker 10. Roy Denson broke up a potential TD pass and Perez kicked a 27-yard field goal for a 25-22 Cape Coral lead.
Baker roared right back with an 18-yard Attwood run and an 18-yard pass to Trayon Clarke.
Bontrager hit Smart with a 10-yard TD with 10 seconds before halftime as Cape cut Baker's lead to 36-32. That score was set up by 20- and 50-yard McCoy receptions.
Alex Febles picked up the majority of his 102 rushing yards in the second half as Baker decided to slow things down and take more time off the clock.
Attwood scored on a four-yard run and Filander Barahona made field goals of 34 and 31 yards to account for the second-half scoring.
Cape Coral 7 25 0 0 - 32
Ida Baker 16 20 10 3 - 49
CC - Smart 7 run (Perez kick)
IB -Hoagland 33, pass from Attwood (Barahona kick)
IB - Attwood 16 run (Barahona kick)
IB - Safety, punter out of end zone
IB - Attwood 9 run (conversion failed)
CC - Smart 80 run (Perez kick)
CC - Bontrager 8 run (McCoy pass from Bontrager)
CC -FG, Perez 27
IB - Attwood 18 run (Barahona kick)
IB - Attwood 18 pass to Clarke (Barahona kick)
CC - Smart 10 pass from Bontrager (Perez kick)
IB - Attwood 4 run (Barahona kick)
IB - FG, Barahona 34
IB - FG, Barahona 31
Island Coast 16, South Fort Myers 9 (3 OT): Tough defense and numerous penalties made for a hard fought and low scoring thriller at Island Coast.
Tied 9-9, junior running back Trey Boyd carried three straight times and punched across from the 5-yard line in the third overtime to give the Gators the winning margin. Quarter-back Quinn Bourque converted the extra-point and South's backs were against the wall.
Two consecutive incomplete passes and a sack forced Wolfpack QB Keith Smith into a desperate pass to the arms of Korey Murphy for the game-clinching interception.
Following the game Boyd, who lead all rushers with 70 yards on 16 carries, said, "We work together all the time on overcoming adversity, and you saw that tonight."
Early in the second quarter the Gators drove to the South 4-yard line, but were denied on four straight rushing attempts and South took over on downs at the 1-yard line. Two plays later the Gators opened the scoring when most of the defense gang tackled Dorris in the end zone for a safety.
South's defense got the ball back and Smith connected with sophomore wideout Willie Johnson who turned the short pass in to a 51-yard gain to the Gators' 1. The Wolfpack scored on the last play of the first half but the extra-point kick was blocked.
The halftime score of 6-2 stood going in to the final quarter.
Defenses continued to dominate until late in the fourth. With 1:45 left in the game, Bourque found Murphy down the left sideline for a 58-yard touchdown. The extra-point made it a 9-6 Gators lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, junior Eric Moore found a crease and returned the ball to the Gators' 29. A personal foul penalty put the ball at the 14-yard line. South had to settle for a 38-yard field goal by Jacob Althouse to tie the game at 9-9 for overtime.
South FM 0 6 0 3 0 0 0 - 9
Island Coast 0 2 7 0 0 0 7 - 16
IC - Safety, Dorris tackled in end zone
SFM - Dorris 3 run (kick failed)
IC - Murphy 58 pass from Bourque (Bourque kick)
SFM - FG, Althouse 38
IC - Boyd 5 run (Bourque kick)
Gulf Coast 21, North Fort Myers 12: Gulf Coast used a ground and pound approach to beat North Fort Myers.
The Sharks ran more than 50 offensive plays, but only four were passes. The rest was a straight ahead rushing attack. Sophomore quarterback Will Sheriffs led the way on the ground with 105 yards, the last coming on a one-yard dive for the Sharks' last score with 5:19 left in the game. All three scores came on the ground.
Leading 6-0 after taking the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown on an 11-play drive, North fullback Ricky Noel rambled for an apparent 28-yard TD midway through the second quarter, but the senior was stripped by a defensive back before he crossed the goal line. The Sharks recovered in the end zone for the touchback.
Knights QB Brandon Makar was stood up at the goal line as he tried to tie the game at 14-14 on a two-point conversion attempt early in the fourth. Makar never made it into the end zone and North trailed 14-12.
NFM 6 0 0 6 - 12
GC 0 7 7 7 - 21
NFM - Byrd 21 pass from Makar (kick failed)
GC - Rion 3 run (Vivinetto kick)
GC - Drugan 7 run (Vivinetto kick)
NFM - Makar 2 run (run failed)
GC - Sheriffs 1 run (Vivinetto kick)
Bishop Verot 41, North Broward Prep 30: On a night were rain did come into play, the teams accounted for five touchdowns in the second quarter.
Verot scored the first two TDs, but the offensive party was just getting started. After exchanging touchdowns, North Broward scored twice in the last four minutes of the first half to trail 20-18 at halftime.
Verot came out strong in the second half, scoring on a seven-play drive right away, intercepting an Eagles pass and driving for another TD on a six-play drive. The Vikings held Broward scoreless for 18 minutes of second half, though the Eagles had three drives during that time with two stopped by an interception.
With less than six minutes left, and Verot driving again Vikings fumble was picked it up by Broward and returned 90 yards for a touchdown.
Fortunately, the Vikings responded by recovering the ensuing onside kick and taking just three plays to punch in another score.
The Vikings fumbled six times, but lost only one. The Vikings racked up plenty of yardage, amassing 530 yards (380 rushing, 150 passing.
Verot tailback Leslie Green led all rushers with 270 yards on 29 carries including touchdown runs of 7 and 8 yards.
Verot (1-1) entertains Doral Friday night.
NB Prep 0 18 0 12 - 30
Bishop Verot 7 13 14 7 - 41
BV - Suroski 28 pass from Farrell (Cole kick)
BV - Green 7 run (Cole kick)
NBP - Rozier 10 pass from Stealy (kick failed)
BV - Spiro 68 pass from McDougall (kick failed)
NBP - Schemm 71 pass from Stealy (pass failed)
NBP - Stealy 36 run (run failed)
BV - Farrell 22 run (Cole kick)
BV - Green 8 run (Cole kick)
NBP - Schemm 90 fumble recovery (pass failed)
BV - Brown 13 run (Cole kick)
NBP - Defazio 7 run (pass failed)
Freelance writers Jonathan Blikstad, Pete Sisk and Neill Blair-Bennett contributed to this report.