Ida Baker hangs tough but falls to Cypress Lake, 27-14
FORT MYERS There were plenty of mistakes, but Ida Baker coach Todd Nichols said his team has something to build on for the coming football season.
The Bulldogs made a game of it in the fourth quarter Friday night, scoring on two Evan Hubbard touchdown passes to Shomari Mason, but fell 27-14 at Cypress Lake’s Thomas Broomhead Memorial Stadium in the teams’ spring football game.
“The kids fought hard,” Nichols said. “I’m really proud of the way they didn’t give up. We were down 20-nothing. We’re down 20-nothing in the third quarter and they kept fighting. They couldn’t put us away.”
Those two Hubbard to Mason connections brought Baker with 20-14, and after the defense came up with a stop inside its own 20, the Bulldogs had thoughts of taking the lead. However, a Hubbard pass was deflected and then intercepted. Giovannis Davis’ scoring run with 0:58 to play clinched the win for the Panthers.
“We’ve come a long way,” Nichols said. “This team’s growing together and not apart. We’re going to keep building on this.”
Ida Baker’s mistakes came to the tune of surrendering a few big gainers by Cypress Lake, committing 12 penalties and allowing three turnovers. A penalty wiped out a Hubbard 6-yard touchdown pass to Sam Phillips in the third quarter.
“We beat ourselves in the first half,” Nichols said. “We’d get a first down and come back with a holding penalty. We’d have first down and 25. Just making foolish penalties like that hurts you.”
The Baker offense struggled in the first half, but came to life after intermission. Hubbard gained 158 of his 179 passing yards in the final two periods. Mason wound up with eight catches for 125 yards and those two scores.
Cypress made light use of its star runner Chris Joseph, who rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown on six carries. His second carry of the game was for 45 yards and a score. Also key for Cypress Lake was his last carry, gaining 29 yards to help the Panthers keep the ball and the clock moving in the late stages of the game.
Quarterback CJ Shedd carried the load for Cypress Lake, passing 40 times. He connected 21 times for 201 yards and two touchdowns. He also was intercepted three times, twice by Joshua Hornstein.
Kyrie Savoy, who had 113 yards receiving, and Liam Ball scored Cypress Lake touchdowns on Shedd passes.
“It’s not the outcome we want, but we’ll continue to build on it,” Nichols said. “We can show them that when we do things right, we can be a good football team.”
Other games Friday:
LELY 24, NORTH FORT MYERS 21: John Liberal’s 21-yard field goal on the game’s last play lifted Lely, spoiling the Red Knights’ comeback. Trailing 14-3 and 21-10, the Red Knights rallied to tie the game at 21 in the third quarter. Terry Lindsey Jr. scored two North touchdowns on runs of 30 and 35 yards, and Ethan Bennett connected on two field goals.
MARINER 35, EAST LEE COUNTY 0: The Tritons dominated on both sides of the ball, holding the Jaguars to three first downs. Mariner scored three touchdowns in the second quarter, and added scores in the third and fourth periods. Rashawn Hunter, Dylan Hinz, Hunter Ward, Keandre Morgan-Fountain, and Jaiden Critten scored Mariner touchdowns. Vinicus Moura kicked five extra points.
DUNBAR 27, CAPE CORAL 7: The Seahawks dominated play in the first half but only led 7-6. Dunbar took over in the second half for the victory. Two Dunbar scores were made by the Tigers’ defense, and Brandon Benjamin had two offensive touchdowns. Adrien Canty led the Seahawks with 60 yards rushing on 20 carries. The game was Dale More’s debut as Cape Coral coach.