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Island Coast blanks Cape Coral in road victory

September 6, 2019
By CJ HADDAD ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

It was a business trip Friday night for Island Coast High School as they took care of Cape Coral on the road, defeating the Seahawks 29-0 behind the work of sophomore rising-star running back Keon Anderson.

Anderson ran the rock 26 times for the Gators (2-1), and amassed the Southwest Florida area code in yards -- 239, with two touchdowns.

"He's running angry. He's running with a vengeance," Island Coast head coach Jim Wiseman said following the game. "He's not going to out-run you, but he's going to get those tough yards and he's going to make defenses hurt because he tries to inflict pain when he runs. He's our kind of back."

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Island Coast sophomore Keon Anderson (28) ran for 239 yards during the Gators' 29-0 win over Cape Coral Friday night. To view more photos from the game, see the Cape Coral Breeze Facebook page.

Anderson has turned in strong performances in back-to-back weeks, as he ran over Mariner's defense in week two for 169 yards.

"Really, it's just my line," Anderson said postgame. "They're in the trenches. They're blocking. They're making the holes. And I just play."

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound back is quite the power runner, as most teams need multiple tacklers to stop his progress, if they're lucky.

"They've got to beat me," Anderson said of his mentality when he sees multiple defenders in his path.

He said that mindset runs in the family.

"It comes from my mom and my dad," Anderson said. "They're both athletes. My mom is a dancer. My dad, he played football and baseball."

Although Anderson was the star of the show, it was a team effort from the Gators, who have outscored their opponents 64-35 through the first three games of the season.

"I saw a lot of heart," Wiseman said. "I saw a lot of fight in the kids.

"Our defensive staff had the kids prepared. They weren't perfect, but we like seeing a goose egg. That's hard to do, I don't care what level you play in, and we did that. My hat's off to our defensive staff. Our defense believed that we could do this and we did."

Island Coast junior quarterback Jason Joseph opened the scoring, dashing up the field on a 30-yard touchdown run on the first play of the Gators' drive. A bad snap on a Seahawk punt attempt set them up with the short field.

Willie Brown threw to Gemari Webb for the two-point conversion, giving the away team an 8-0 lead.

The team traded punts, with a Gators' missed field goal and fumble mixed in until sophomore wideout/return man Chris Graves made some magic happen yet again.

Cape Coral (0-3) punted to Graves and the speedster took the kick up the left sideline 60 yards and to the house for the special teams touchdown -- his second kick return for a score in as many weeks.

A Dominic Russell point after put the Gators up 15-0 early in the second quarter.

Just before the half, Anderson scored the first of his two touchdowns, punching it in from the 1-yard line after Joseph and junior wide receiver Jacob Hardin connected on an 18-yard pass.

"You've just got to tuck the head and keep it moving," Anderson said.

Island Coast took a 22-0 lead into the half, and Cape, despite its best efforts, could not muster anything offensively to crawl back into the game.

"We couldn't finish," Seahawks head coach Dale More said. "I think we got a couple drives going, and then we would sputter. That's just kind of where we've been at a little bit in our offense. We've just got to keep chopping and keep working and get back in the lab on Sunday and come up with a game plan for Cypress Lake."

Cape has been dealing with the injury bug yet again this year and saw a few more players banged up in this contest as well.

The Seahawks were undefeated last season through five weeks until a slew of injuries preventing the team from finding the win column for the remainder of the year.

"It seems like it is," More said when asked if he feels the injuries are starting to add up once again.

Cape is a young team, with just 12 seniors, making the loss of starting options hurt that much more for the head coach and his staff.

Anderson capped off his performance with a 31-yard scamper through Seahawk defenders and into the end zone with just over four minutes left in the fourth quarter to put a bow on his impressive night.

When asked what to expect from the explosive running back the rest of the season, Anderson humbly said, "I don't know sir, only God can tell."

Anderson has ambitions for the Gators this season, and wants to be atop the Cape Coral high school football plateau when all is said and done.

"We want to own Cape this year," Anderson said.

Island Coast will look to match their 2018 win total next week as the Gators travel to new-look Ida Baker, which fell to Lely 6-3 Friday night. The Trojans gave the Gators their lone loss in week one.

Cape Coral will travel to Cypress Lake.

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ISLAND COAST 8 14 0 7 -- 29

CAPE CORAL 0 0 0 0 -- 0

1st Quarter

IC: Jason Joseph, 30-yard run (Gemari Webb pass from Willie Brown), 8:42

2nd Quarter

IC: Chris Grave,s 60-yard punt return (Dominic Russell kick), 10:12

IC: Keon Anderson, 1-yard run (Russell kick), :38

4th Quarter

Anderson, 31-yard run (Russell kick), 4:09



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