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Seahawks fall to Lightning, 13-7

October 6, 2017
By ERIC DeVAUX ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Cape Coral Seahawks' offense struggled mightily in a 13-7 loss Friday night at home to the Lehigh Lightning. It was the Seahawks' second game in a week.

During their senior night, the Seahawks couldn't get into the end zone most of the night due to an inept passing game and a fumble-ridden running game.

Even with drives making it into the red zone, Cape would stall out on fourth down.

"We got to make the plays," Seahawks' coach Larry Gary said. "Big plays, foolish penalties and turnovers. That will either win or lose you the ballgame."

The Seahawks' primary quarterback Dwayne Emilus had incompletions on all but one of his eleven throws. Some of his wide receivers were open, but he could not connect with them.

They tried sticking with the run game, and made some good strides.

Seahawks' running back Ricky Anderson had a total of 136 yards on 18 attempts.

During the second quarter, it seemed like Cape Coral was gaining momentum when Anderson took off for 39 yards. But the offense was eventually stopped on fourth down inside the red zone due to a overthrown pass.

Anderson and Emilus, though, had trouble holding onto the ball giving up two fumbles. One of the fumbles was taken back for a touchdown by the Lightning defensive back Martin Quan.

Not only did turnovers hurt the Seahawks, but also penalties. The Seahawks had 10 penalties which included back-to-back encroachment calls to a targeting call.

But Seahawks' coach Gary does not want to blame it on the short week.

"That is no excuse when you got the ball on the one-foot yard line and can't stick it in," Gary said. That is no excuse when you jump offsides or you hold. I'm not going to make excuses."

The Lightning also had their fair share of penalties with 11 which did hurt but they were fortunate enough to get good field position due to Cape's fumbles.

If there was a bright spot for the Seahawks in this game, it was their defense.

"Good D," Gary said.

They kept both Lehigh's running game and passing from any big plays that would have blown the game open.

"We didn't quit," Gary said. "These kids are hard. They could've easily folded. I didn't hear anybody getting on each other."

The Lightning quarterback Delshawn Green was held to only 41 yards on 14 throws and their lead running back Bud Chaney was held to 78 yards on nine attempts.

"We tried to execute as much as we can," Seahawks' linebacker Raichawn Edmondson said.

Cape's defense made it impossible for Lehigh to convert on fourth down.

"We play every single play as hard as we can," Edmondson said.

Coach Gary wants to go back to the drawing board, but first he wants to make good use out of the whole week before the next game.

"I think we are going to get a full week of practice," Gary said.

Cape Coral - 0 0 0 7 - 7

Lehigh -0 7 6 0 - 13

2nd quarter

LEH - Chaney 10-yard run. Marlon kick

3rd quarter

LEH - Quan 25-yard fumble return. Kick failed

Fourth Quarter

CC - Bass 6-yard pass from O'Dell. Stone kick



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