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Seahawks, Gators football teams looking for improvement in 2020

By CJ HADDAD - | Sep 11, 2020

MICHAEL PISTELLA/FILE Cape Coral senior Nick Monteiro (8) will be leading the Seahawk defense this season.

With the Southwest Florida high school football season given the green light to kickoff, the Cape Coral Breeze each week leading up to the regular season will feature a West Zone team (or two) to give readers and fans a better chance to get to know each program. 

Each head coach was given the same template to complete. Information provided on each team comes from the individual program. 

This week, The Breeze is featuring Cape Coral High School and Island Coast High School. 

Cape opens up Thursday, Sept. 17, at home against Cypress Lake while Island Coast travels to Lehigh Sept. 18. Both games are at 7 p.m.

 

MICHAEL PISTELLA/FILE Island Coast quarterback Jason Joseph (2) returns for his senior season leading the Gators’ offense.

Cape Coral High School Seahawks

District 5A Region 13

2019 record:  1-9, 5th in league

Head coach:  Dale More, third season

Coaching staff:  James Knodle, offensive coordinator;  Chevi Logan, wide receiver coach – pass game coordinator; Jabari Nixon, quarterbacks coach; Matthew Abel, running backs coach; Kyle Todd, offensive line coach; Tristan Fischer, offensive line coach; Ken Wallace, quality control; Barry Bowman, assistant head coach, defensive coordinator; Bryan Williams, defensive backs coach; Edguardo Franzua, defensive backs coach; Jeff McCune, linebackers coach; Rob Diebold, defensive line coach; Don Dupont, defensive line coach.

Roster Size (projected):  38

Players to watch (comment by head coach): 

— Alto Tarver, SR, OL/DL, 6’3” 315 lbs: “Division 1 offer from Middle Tennessee State, 3-year starter.”

— Nick Monteiro, SR, RB/LB, 5’11” 188 lbs: “Two-year starter, led team in tackles seasons.”

— Drew Peters. SR, WR/LB, 5’7” 165 lbs: “Two-year starter all-around talented player.”

— Jory Bell, SR, TE/RB/DL, 6’3” 212 lbs: “Two-year starter, led all DL in sacks last season.”

— Brendan Ogburn, SR, QB, 5’10” 182 lbs: “Returning to football, will start at QB.”

— Alvaro Navarro, SR, OL/DL, 6’3′ 234 lbs: “Seahawk newcomer.”

— Karim Babernitch, SR, WR/DB, 6’2” 184 lbs: “Two-year starter with multiple D3 offers.”

— Kyle Barker, SR, TE/DE, 6’3” 241 lbs: “Converted basketball player with great athleticism.”

Young up-and-comers:

— Tyler Williams, JR, WR/DB, 6’2″ 178 lbs

— Vincent Classetti, JR, QB/LB, 6’2″ 184 lbs

— Kelton Cross, Jr, RB/LB, 5’11” 217 lbs

— Leon Thomas, Jr, WR/DB, 5’10” 147 lbs

— Brady Biolchini, JR, OL/DL, 6’2″ 251 lbs

— Dominic Webb, Jr, OL/DL, 6’4″ 324 lbs

— Mahkai Conway, JR, OL/DL, 6’4″ 245 lbs

— Damian Miranda, SO, 5’10’ 178 lbs

Goals for the season:

“To continue to improve.”

What do you hope to accomplish not just in terms of wins and losses?

“Our mission is to help shape our players into great young men who will become contributors to our community.”

What do you bring to the field?

“We will be a disciplined, competitive, relentless team who plays with toughness for our school and family.”

Looking forward to county-only matchups?

“We are. It will be fun to face opponents in our county and see were we stack up.”

How has your program dealt with the challenges of a pandemic leading up to the season?

“This summer has been challenging and rewarding for our program. Through the restrictions and ever-changing precautions and protocols from the CDC, we still had  a great summer.  Attendance was great as we had 95 percent of our athletes and 10 coaches at every workout. Our athletes have come together as a program, grown bigger and older and we are excited to play this season.”

 

Island Coast High School Gators

District 6A Region 13

2019 record: 3-7, 6th in league

Head coach: Elgin Hicks, first season

Coaching staff: Vinny Papley, Brian Jones, Mitch Curliss, Mark Flaherty, Chris Burnett, Marvin Jones, Terry Hauser.

Roster size (projected):  65

Players to watch (comment by head coach):

— Jason Joseph, SR, QB/WR/SS, 6’0” 195 lbs: “Unlimited athletic ability with big play potential.”

— Jacob Hardin, SR, WR/CB, 6’0” 180 lbs: “One of the hardest workers on the team, and the most reliable hands in the area.”

— Camerin Camacho, SR, LB/TE/FB, 6’1” 205 lbs: “True leader with a high football IQ. He is our Swiss Army knife.”

— Aden Parrilli, JR, LB, 6’0” 193 lbs: “Our biggest competitor and hardest workers on the team. He will have a huge year for our defense.”

— Emmanual Saint Luc, SR, WR/CB, 5’9” 155 lbs: “Electric with big play potential.”

— Strom Saxon, SR, OL/DL, 6’3” 275 lbs: “Probably one of the most athletic offensive lineman in the county.”

— Nathan Capobianco, SR, OL/DL, 6’1” 260 lbs: “Has the right offense to fit his skill, and it has brought the beast out of him.”

— Trey Reid, JR, OL/DL, 6’1” 255 lbs: “Silent monster.”

— Nate Mitchell, SR, OL/DL, 6’0” 240 lbs: “One of our more advanced lineman with a high football IQ.”

— Dylan Ratliff, SR, RB/SC, 5’8” 145 lbs: “Dedicated to getting stronger and faster during the spring and it shows.”

Young up-and-comers:

— Christian Parrilli, FR, CB/FS/RB, 5’10” 150 lbs: “I have never witnessed a freshman with the work ethic of this kid. He can play any skill position. Look out for big things from him.”

— Jake  Mueller, SO-QB/DE, 6’2” 210 lbs: “Alabama baseball commit, with an absolute canon. He is a tough kid that likes to grind.”

— Glen  Green-SO, RB/SS: “One of the most underrated athletes on this team that can play anywhere he is asked.”

— Emmanuel Lagurre, SO,DE/LB/TE, 6’2” 180 lbs: “Very athletic kid with the sky as his ceiling, once he locks in and realizes his potential, watch out.”

 Goals for the season:

“To have a winning record, get some confidence and momentum to carry into the playoffs for the first time in a while for Island Coast. Win games that we are supposed to win, and win games that we ‘supposedly have no chance at winning.'”

 What do you hope to accomplish not just in terms of wins and losses?

“To get more offensive production out of our playmakers. Our offensive line is ready for the challenge. There were a handful of games that were lost last year due to the lack of discipline, structure and scheme. They have busted their butts this summer and are ready to prove themselves. We are ready to get the bad stigma off and away from Island Coast High School and ready to turn the program around and create a tradition that will last for years to come.”

What do you bring to the field?

“Discipline that the Island Coast football players needed and wanted. I bring the confidence and motivation for them to not only to be successful on the field but off the field as well. I bring the motivation to get all my players ready to compete at a high level and be successful men.”

Looking forward to county-only matchups?

“We don’t really care, who we play or where we play. We have worked so hard to get to this point; the players just want to play the game they so love. There are two teams outside the county that we were really looking forward to playing, but it is what it is. We know we are blessed and fortunate to just have a season, and be able to compete. We hope to bring some excitement after such a confusing and vulnerable time of our lives. We are just thankful that Lee County and the powers that be are allowing us to take the field.”

How has your program dealt with the challenges of a pandemic leading up to the season?

“Everything as we were accustomed to was different, and we had to adapt. We told our players, if they weren’t feeling well, don’t come. We didn’t want to risk it. We wanted to keep everyone safe at all cost, even if it meant telling kids to miss conditioning. We were really limited on what we could do, how many different groups we had to have to keep the ratio low. Not being able to get into the weight room or touching a football until mid-way through the summer was rough and very frustrating. We really wanted to play and do our part in keeping the boys safe and our families as well. I wanted to take them through the hardest summer conditioning they have ever been through. If they can make it through that, they won’t quit on me. I am trying to make them better than when we started and ready to finish in the fourth quarter.

“We were able to really bond as a team. We weren’t rushed to really do anything besides get in shape and get a lot of mental reps. We were able to get to love and appreciate one another.”

For live updates on game days and throughout the season, follow the Breeze on Twitter @CapeCoralDaily. 

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