The Cape Coral High offense is back, and so are the Seahawks.?Cape quarterback Dylan Bontrager threw six touchdown passes Thursday night as the Seahawks rolled to a 41-25 District 5A-14 victory over the Lemon Bay Manta Rays at Dave Warkentin Field.?The win keeps the Seahawks (5-2, 3-1 district) in the hunt for a playoff berth. Cape has a vital district game next Friday at home against Dunbar.?"We've got to get this one next week," Seahawks coach Larry Gary said.?Island Coast entered the weekend leading 5A-14 with a 3-0 district record and a win in hand against Cape. Dunbar came into this weekend 2-0 and facing Cypress Lake. Dunbar and Island Coast play each other Oct. 25.?Two teams from each district qualify for the playoffs.?On Thursday, Bontrager completed 20-of-26 passes for 323 yards. He had four TD passes by the half.?Six nights earlier Bontrager, looking rusty in his first game back from a concussion, was intercepted four times in a 34-14 loss at Island Coast.?By comparison, Bontrager's 182 passing yards at halftime Thursday were more than in his entire game against Island Coast (177).?"He looked a lot better than last week," Gary said of Bontrager. "He did well, Eamon (Smart) ran the ball well and we played some pretty decent defense."?Smart, who struggled a week before against Island Coast, ran for 147 yards against Lemon Bay.?Bontrager hit TD strikes of 8, 28 and 10 yards to Rasheen Bailey, birthday boy Rhasheed Jiles for a 10-yard score, Austin Cole from 20 yards out and Miguel Repress on a 15-yard TD.?It helped that David Martin was back at center for Cape. His absence against Island Coast resulted in several bad snaps that kept Bontrager looking for the ball instead of for receivers.?"That makes a whole lot of difference," Gary said.?The Seahawks led 27-7 at halftime and 34-7 in the fourth quarter.?Quarterback Tyler Nelson scored touchdowns on runs of 11 and five yards, and Dakota Reigle scored on a pair of 1-yard runs for Lemon Bay (1-4, 0-3).?The Manta Rays relied almost completely on the ground game. They didn't complete a pass in the first half while rushing for 150 yards. At game's end the Rays had 34 yards in the air, 275 on the ground.?
"Lemon Bay, you have to give them credit," Gary said. "They're a scrappy ball club."?
The Manta Rays weren't afraid to gamble. They went for it on fourth down four times, three in its own end of the field. The Rays were successful twice.
Lemon Bay 0 7 0 18 - 25?Cape Coral 14 13 0 14 - 41?Scoring Summary
Cape - Bailey 8 pass from Bontrager (Perez kick)?Cape - Bailey 28 pass from Bontrager (Perez kick)?LB - Reigle 1 run (Kennedy kick)?Cape - Jiles 20 pass from Bontrager (Perez kick)?Cape - Cole 10 pass from Bontrager (kick blocked)?Cape - Repress 15 pass from Bontrager (Perez kick)?LB - Nelson 11 run (kick failed)?Cape - Bailey 10 pass from Bontrager (Perez kick)?LB - Nelson 5 run (conversion failed)?LB - Reigle 1 run (conversion failed)?