District 5A-14 teams play their first district opponent on the gridiron tonight, beginning their quest for postseason play.
High-scoring Cape Coral (2-1) hosts Cypress Lake (1-2) at Dave Warkentin Field. Island Coast (1-1) hits the northbound highway to square off with Lemon Bay (1-1). And Mariner (0-3) takes the short bus ride to North Fort Myers (0-3) Moody Field, both still looking for that elusive first win.
In other Friday matchups, Ida Baker (3-0) hosts Riverdale (0-2) and Bishop Verot (1-1) entertains Doral Academy.
Cape Coral junior Miguel Repress tackles Ida Baker’s Johnny Garrow in their game last Friday. The Seahawks open district play tonight by hosting Cypress Lake. The Bulldogs host Riverdale. More photos are available online at: cu.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com.
Still smarting from their first defeat last week at Ida Baker, Cape High refocuses on the importance of district games.
"We have to come up with a big game," said Seahawks coach Larry Gary. "District games are our most important ones. They count for us in making the playoffs. I was surprised out defense did not play as well as we needed (at Baker), but we have to get the kids mentally ready to play."
Gary believes District 5A-14 is one of the strongest in the area. He thinks Dunbar and Lemon Bay will provide the most challenge to the Seahawks in the district along with Cypress Lake.
"We prepare week to week for the teams we play, their personnel, the plays they run," said Gary. "We're scoring points, but we have to get better on both sides of the ball."
The Seahawks put 32 points on the board in the first half at Baker, but were shut out in the second half, 13-0, as the Bulldogs padded their margin of victory.
Eamon Smart ran for 102 yards for the Seahawks, scoring two touchdowns. He also caught a TD pass.
The Seahawks will have to overcome the distraction of homecoming festivities for Friday's district opener.
"It's good to play any game at home, not just a district," said Gary, "but there's not much we can do about that (homecoming)."
Trey Boyd's three straight runs from the 5-yard line in the third overtime rescued the Island Coast Gators against South Fort Myers last week.
The Gators' defense, which kept the game at 9-9 before the overtime sessions, rose to the challenge one last time stopping South on the final possession. They will have their hands full once again at Lemon Bay tonight.
The Mariner Tritons, who have managed just 15 points offensively this season and were shut out at Port Charlotte last week, badly needs a morale boost, and winning at North Fort Myers would do the trick.
Red Knights QB Brandon Makar has had some success on offense in finding the end zone this season. He tried to convert a two-point conversion that would have tied the game with Gulf Coast at 14-14, but the Knights went on to lose 21-12.
The Knights, too, could use a victory to boost morale.
Across town, Baker's Bulldogs are flying high, unbeaten in the first three weeks. They have shown a solid defense and a high-scoring offense.
Quarterback Sage Attwood accounted for six touchdowns against Cape, running for four scores and passing for two more. He picked up 116 yards on the ground and passed for 224. The Bulldogs have tallied 107 points in their three games so far.
Alex Febles ran for more than 100 yards, helping the Bulldogs chew up the clock with a ground attack in the second half.
Their opponent, Riverdale, put up 21 points in a loss to Dunbar last week after being shut out in the season opener.
Through Sept. 14 Games
District 7A-11 (Reg. 3)
Fort Myers 0-0 3-0
Charlotte 0-0 2-0
Port Charlotte 0-0 2-0
Riverdale 0-0 0-2
District 6A-12 (Reg. 3)
Ida Baker 0-0 3-0
South FM 0-0 2-1
East Lee Co. 0-0 0-2
Lehigh 0-0 0-3
District 6A-13 (Reg. 4)
Naples 0-0 3-0
Gulf Coast 0-0 2-0
Barron Collier 0-0 2-0
Palmetto Ridge 0-0 2-1
Estero 0-0 2-1
District 5A-14 (Reg. 4)
Cape Coral 0-0 2-1
Island Coast 0-0 1-1
Lemon Bay 0-0 1-1
Cypress Lake 0-0 1-2
Dunbar 0-0 1-2
Mariner 0-0 0-3
North FM 0-0 0-3
District 5A-15 (Reg. 4)
Golden Gate 0-0 1-2
Immokalee 0-0 1-2
Lely 0-0 0-2
District 3A-6 (Reg. 3)
Cardinal Mooney 0-0 2-0
Bishop Verot 0-0 1-1
Out-of-Door 0-0 0-3
District 2A-6 (Reg. 3)
SWF Christian 0-0 2-0
First Baptist 0-0 2-1
Evan. Christian 0-0 2-1
SJ Neumann 0-0 1-1
Imagine School 0-0 1-1
Marco Island 0-0 1-2
Moore Haven 0-0 0-1
C.S. Naples 2-0