North hammers Cape 64-0
North Fort Myers gave Cape Coral all they could handle Friday night, coming out with a 64-0 win on senior night.
It was the Brett Reed show in the first half, as the Red Knight senior utility man compiled 196 all-purpose yards (171 rushing, 25 receiving), scored three touchdowns and wreaked havoc in the kicking game all evening.
North took a 50-0 lead into the locker room at half and played their offensive reserves the remainder of the game.
“It feels good to get the win for this senior class,” said North head coach Dwayne Mack. “These guys went undefeated as freshman and they’re trying to achieve a goal for themselves. We don’t talk about things like going undefeated, we just want to dominate our opponent, be the best in the West — and this is one step closer for us being best of the West.”
The Red Knights came ready to play from the jump and scored on their first possession of the game. Reed finished off a six-play, 68-yard drive with a 5-yard score and added the extra point to go up 7-0 just two minutes into the game.
The Seahawks went three-and-out but forced a fumble on North’s next possession.
Cape Coral worked down to North’s 20-yard line but ultimately came up just short on a field goal try.
On the ensuing drive, North charged 80 yards down field with senior Tavin Ward taking a run to the house from 29 yards out to extend the lead.
The Red Knights forced a Cape fumble on their next possession and eventually scored via a Brandon Bush 26-yard field goal.
North’s got the ball back on the 50-yard line after a Seahawk punt and scored four plays later with Reed running it in again, this time from 25 yards out to extend the lead to 23-0.
The Red Knight defense chipped in their own touchdown as Cape quarterback Brendan Ogburn was picked off on the ensuing drive by senior Connor Leyden who returned it for a touchdown.
After a Seahawk punt, Reed turned in his most spectacular run of the night, taking the rock 68 yards up the right sideline to the house, refusing to go down as defenders pulled and tugged.
“It was a lot of fun,” Reed said of his performance. “I always have to give credit to the offensive line obviously. I can’t do it by myself. It was just a lot of fun playing the game. It’s definitely nice that it was a senior night and we had a complete game and win. I just try to make memories with all of my teammates.”
While Reed is certainly a talented kicker, he’s a complete athlete and a fundamentally sound player who can contribute in all facets of the game.
“Brett Reed is Brett Reed,” Mack said. “Everybody looks and sees that he’s a kicker but he’s also a running back – a pretty athletic running back and a pretty athletic kicker. He’s a great kid with a 4.7 GPA.”
To complete the scoring before the half, North’s senior quarterback Luke Leongas found Emanuel Spandiary for a 30-yard score. Freshman quarterback Tanner Helton also threw an 11-yard touchdown to Leyden.
Mack spoke about winning the battle up front and moving the line of scrimmage all evening.
“Trench warfare,” Mack said. “Whoever wins the line of scrimmage wins the game. Our kids did a great job of dominating the line of scrimmage and establishing our game. The running backs hit the holes, and it worked out.”
While it certainly wasn’t the outcome Seahawks head coach Dale More was hoping for, he was proud of the way his team played against a tough opponent on the road.
“We played hard. We played hard for four quarters like we do every single week,” More said. “This week was all about us getting better for ourselves. I couldn’t care less what that scoreboard says. We hit them in the mouth, and we were physical with them. I think if you look at the film, we’re the most physical team they’ve played so far.”
Seahawk junior running back Quincey Fagen was Cape’s best playmaker all night and carried the ball 14 times for 57 yards and added a reception.
Ward finished with 71 rushing yards and 25 passing yards with a score.
Helton and fellow freshman Andre Devine both had rushing touchdowns in the second half.
Next week, North will travel to Dunbar in a showdown of undefeated Lee County teams.
“Coach (Sam) Brown, that’s like my brother,” Mack said. “Coach Brown does a hell of a job with his guys, they’re pretty talented, and they’re going to be ready to play. It should be a great game.”
Cape Coral hosts Estero in their next matchup.
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1 2 3 4 F
Cape Coral 0 0 0 0 0
North Fort Myers 17 33 7 7 64
NFM- Brett Reed 5-yard run (Reed kick), 9:59
NFM- Tavin Ward 29-yard run (Reed kick), 3:29
NFM- Brandon Bush 26-yard field goal, :40
NFM- Reed 25-yard run (kick fail), 9:40
NFM- Connor Leyden interception return (kick fail), 9:30
NFM- Reed 68-yard run (Bush kick), 5:51
NFM- Emanuel Spandiary 30-yard reception from Luke Leongas (Bush kick), 1:33
NFM- Connor Leyden 11-yard reception from Tanner Helton (Bush kick), :36
NFM- Andre Devine 1-yard run (Bush kick), 3:16
NFM- Helton 4-yard run (Bush kick), 2:15
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