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Seahawks beat Tritons 34-9 in Black-n-Blue Bowl rivalry game

November 3, 2017
By PETE SISK (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

An up-and-down season ended on a big up note for the Cape Coral Seahawks on Friday, to the tune of a 34-9 victory against archrival Mariner in the annual Black and Blue Bowl.

Cape Coral (4-5) earned its second straight win over Mariner (2-7) in the crosstown rivarly, ending a year in which both teams had their season short-circuited by Hurricane Irma.

After the game, Mariner principal Robert Butz noted the toll that the storm had taken on the teams.

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Cape Coral senior Brandon Dye tackles Mariner sophomore Cade Reynolds (28) during Friday night's Black-n-Blue Bowl. To view more photos from the game, see our Facebook page.
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"Like Dr. Butz said, Irma kind of threw a loop in (the season)," Cape Coral coach Larry Gary said. "We wish we had done better for the season. We let a couple get away.

"But this is the way you end the season."

The Seahawks dominated the second half after a hard-fought 13-9 first two quarters.

"Good game," Gary said. "We played hard, came back out the second half and did what I expected of us."

Rickey Anderson's three rushing touchdowns paced the Seahawks. Anderson scored on runs of 60, 20, and 3 yards the latter set up by a 40-yard Anderson jaunt.

For the night, Anderson had 130 yards and those three touchdowns on just six carries.

Anderson got the scoring started on Friday. From his 40, Anderson made one cut, headed up the middle and kept on going for 60 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter.

Anderson's 20-yard run with 4:31 before halftime came after Seahawks' quarterback Parker O'Dell faked to Anthony Cody and kept the ball himself for 40 yards.

Wide receiver Dwayne Emilus, who spent much of the season as Cape Coral's quarterback, caught a 33-yard pass from O'Dell to give the Seahawks a 27-9 lead with 2:20 left in the third period.

O'Dell finished Friday's game with 95 yards passing and 73 yards rushing.

Cody scored from 7 yards out in the fourth quarter.

The loss was a bitter pill for the Tritons, many of whom were visably upset after the game.

Rashawn Hunter connected with Elijah Butz on a 25-yard TD as Mariner briefly tied the contest at 6 midway through the second period.

Hunter was the fourth starting quarterback of the season for Mariner.

There was what seemed at the time to be a significant swing in the final 1:59 of the first half.

Up 13-6, Cape had a chance to open up a two-score lead, taking over on the Mariner 34. However, a penalty and the Triton defense pushed the Seahawks back to the 50.

Instead, Mariner would move the ball far enough for Andrew Kibler to kick a 46-yard field goal with three seconds before halftime. That brought the Tritons within 13-9.

Mariner received the second-half kickoff, but was unable to build on any momentum Kibler's kick may have provided.

"We didn't block well, we didn't tackle well," Mariner coach Travis Smith said. "It just didn't go our way."

Cade Reynolds ran the ball 15 times for 99 yards for the Tritons.

"It's been nothing but adversity for us," Smith said. "I mean, we're on quarterback number four. It's just tough.

"We're going to keep working."

After the game, Mariner's Kibler and Kyle Todd of Cape Coral were awarded $500 scholarships by the Cape Coral Rotary Club, sponsor of the Black and Blue Bowl.

CAPE CORAL 6 7 14 7 - 34

MARINER 0 9 0 0 - 9

First quarter

CC: Rickey Anderson 60 run. Kick blocked. 7:54

Second quarter

M: Elijah Butz 25 pass from Rashawn Hunter. Conversion failed. 5:54.

CC: Anderson 20 run. Cooper Stone kick. 4:31.

M: Andrew Kibler FG 46. 0:03.

Third quarter

CC: Anderson 3 run. Stone kick. 7:03.

CC: Dwayne Emilus 33 pass from Parker O'Dell. Stone kick. 2:12.

Fourth quarter

CC: Anthony Cody 7 run. Stone kick. 9:27.

 
 
 

 

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