Fresh off a big homecoming win, the Ida Baker Bulldogs could take another step toward a team milestone this week. A win at Estero tonight would bring the Bulldogs to 5-0 on the season.
Their best ever start in football was 6-0 in 2009, a season in which they finished 8-3 and were a district runner-up.
The Bulldogs offense ran 51 total plays from scrummage for 356 yards in last week's 33-28 win over Riverdale. They had the ball just three times in the second half, kicking a field goal, punting once and turning the ball over on downs once. As in past weeks, the defense rose to the occasion to seal the victory.
Cape High senior Sam Hunter (52) and teammate Miguel Repress (1) celebrate Hunter’s fumble recovery for a touchdown in the Seahawks’ 40-0 win over Cypress Lake last week. More photos are available online at: cu.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com.
The Bulldogs came into the season with high expectations and seem to be living up to the lofty goals.
North Fort Myers will be celebrating at Moody Field again this week after posting its first win of the season last Friday against Mariner. The Red Knights are honoring coach Ron Hoover with a pregame ceremony at 7 p.m. before kicking off its District 5A-14 game against the Cape Coral Seahawks.
Hoover led the Red Knights to 117 wins from 1968-1986. He is credited with establishing the "Big Red Machine" and coached such football greats as Johnny Long, Deion Sanders, Warren Williams and Richard Fain. Current Red Knights coach Brian Makar played for and coached beside the school legendary figure.
Several years ago, the school honored Hoover by naming the team's fieldhouse after him.
"Coach Hoover build North Fort Myers football," Makar has said. "The pride and tradition still holds true today. He is and forever will be Red Knight football."
The Red Knights (1-3) face a bigger challenge on the field from the Seahawks (3-1) who coasted to a 40-0 win over Cypress Lake last week.
With quarterback Dylan Bontrager sidelined with lingering concussion symptoms last week, the offense needed some help with backup Eliot Pierce calling the signals. Pierce struggled much of the game before completing his first TD pass, a nine-yarder to C.J. Lewis in the third quarter.
Senior Eamon Smart picked up the slack by running for 162 yards, including a 71-yard TD dash.
The defense stepped up, too, recovering one fumble on the 5-yard line to set up a TD on the next play. The unit also accounted for six QB sacks.
Island Coast (2-1) pays a visit to Mariner (0-4) in a District 5A-14 clash.
The Gators knocked off district rival Lemon Bay 40-21 last week and are unlikely to allow the undersized Tritons to celebrate their first victory of the season.
In other games tonight, LaBelle invades Bishop Verot (2-1); and Oasis (0-2) travels to Canterbury (1-2).
Through Sept. 20 Games
District 7A-11 (Reg. 3)
Fort Myers0-0 3-0
Port Charlotte0-0 3-0
District 6A-12 (Reg. 3)
Ida Baker0-0 4-0
South FM0-0 2-1
East Lee Co.0-0 0-2
District 6A-13 (Reg. 4)
Palmetto Ridge1-0 3-1
Barron Collier 0-0 2-1
Gulf Coast0-1 2-1
District 5A-14 (Reg. 4)
Cape Coral1-0 3-1
Island Coast1-0 2-1
North FM1-0 1-3
Lemon Bay0-1 1-2
Cypress Lake0-1 1-3
District 5A-15 (Reg. 4)
Golden Gate0-0 1-2
District 3A-6 (Reg. 3)
Cardinal Mooney0-0 3-0
Bishop Verot0-0 2-1
District 2A-6 (Reg. 3)
First Baptist1-0 3-1
SJ Neumann1-0 2-1
Moore Haven1-0 1-1
SWF Christian0-1 2-1
Evan. Christian0-1 2-2
Imagine School0-1 1-2
Marco Island0-0 1-2