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Island Coast thumped by Charlotte

September 29, 2017
By CHUCK BALLARO (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To say that the Island Coast football team has had a rough start to the season is an understatement.

The Gators have been outscored 156-0 in its three games, and they'll have to drag their weary bodies back on the field Monday to play Cypress Lake in a make-up game that was wiped out by Hurricane Irma.

On Thursday, Island Coast's inexperience again showed as it took one on the chin from Charlotte, 57-0, in District 6A-10 action.

Island Coast coach John Schwochow said there are some positives, but they aren't translating into much right now.

"We did some good things, but we're young. We're playing a lot of sophomores and they're gaining a lot of experience," Schwochow said. "They have to take that knowledge and parlay it into games where we're more competitive. It's hard to do when you're playing Charlotte."

The misfortunes included two botched punts, a pick-six and a fumble, and the Gators' only scoring threat at the end of the first half, following a fumble recovery by Brandon Perez, resulted in a blocked field goal.

Trey Irick rushed for 60 yards on 14 carries, with most of that came on one play, and the only pass the three Gator quarterbacks completed was to Charlotte. Overall, the Gators had just four first downs and 56 total yards.

To be fair, Island Coast has had to deal with injuries to its starting quarterback, running back and two of its offensive linemen, making the offensive issues even more pronounced.

"We're just snakebitten with injuries. We started four sophomore on the offensive line. We're trying to patch together some stuff. Once we start jelling those young kids, we started moving the ball in the end," Schwochow said. "If we can get a little success, we can build on it. They're young enough to take that and run with it."

Anthony Squitieri, threw three touchdown passes and Jeremiah Harvey scored three times to lead the Tarpons. His brother, Ny, led all rushers with 73 yards and added a 57-yard run to end the scoring.

Savorion Warren scored twice, once on offense and once on defense, for Charlotte (2-2, 1-0), which built a 43-0 lead at halftime and force a running clock for the entire second half.

"Anthony did a great job and put us in great situations, and we started focusing on us and not the opponent," Charlotte coach Binky Waldrop said, whose team has been beaten by Dunbar and Fort Myers this season. "We executed well and did what we needed to do, we pulled away early and were able to get everyone in and have a fun night."

Charlotte 23 20 14 0 57

Island Coast 0 0 0 0 0

1st quarter

CH J. Harvey, 24-yard run (Noah Palmore kick), 8:32.

CH Safety, ball snapped out of end zone, 6:45.

CH Warren, 11-yard run (Palmore kick), 5:27.

CH J. Harvey, 20-yard run (Palmore kick), 1:58.

2nd quarter

CH Jospeh, 36-yard pass from Squitieri (Palmore kick), 11:26.

CH J. Harvey, 20-yard pass from Squitieri (kick failed), 6:50.

CH Dareus, 1-yard pass from Squitieri (Palmore kick), 4:27.

3rd quarter

CH Warren, 50-yard interception return (Palmore kick), 8:30.

CH N. Harvey, 57-yard run (Palmore kick), 2:20.

 
 
 

 

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