The Cape Coral Seahawks drowned in a storm of mistakes on a rainy Friday night, dropping a 20-3 road decision to the Estero Wildcats in District 5A-11.
Three interceptions, two lost fumbles, punting disasters and penalties all added up to doom Cape (2-3, 1-1 district).
The first half couldn't have gone much worse for the Seahawks. Cape gave up two fumbles, an interception and had punter Zach Nash tackled twice, all in Seahawks territory.
With all that, the halftime margin was just 13-0 for Estero (4-2, 1-1).
A fumble by Cape quarterback Trey Daniels at his own 25 set up Christian Philips' 22-yard touchdown pass to Rodolfo Sasso and a 7-0 Estero lead.
Cape's first two punt attempts were disastrous. A bad snap got Zach Nash tackled on his own 12. On the next attempt, Nash bobbled the snap and was downed at his 22.
Both led to short Ricky Lopez field goals after Estero drives stalled inside the Seahawks' 10.
Two other Cape turnovers, an interception and a fumble - both in Seahawks territory - did not result in points.
The third quarter was all Cape, but only led to three points. A 9:45 drive to open the half broke down inside the Estero 5. Matteo Perez wound up kicking a 22-yard field goal.
The Wildcats only had the ball for 1:15 in the quarter.
Lopez missed a 36-yard kick and Perez came up short on a 43-yarder in the first half.
The Seahawks were called for 11 penalties in the game.
Eamon Smart rushed for 136 yards on 16 carries to lead the Seahawks.
The Cape defense, led by John Young, held Estero star runner Eric McFadden to 53 yards on 24 carries. McFadden scored on a two-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Rain and lightning delayed the start of the game for an hour and 10 minutes.
Cape Coral 0 0 3 0 - 3
Estero 10 3 0 7 - 20
E - Rodolfo Sasso 22 pass from Christian Phillips (Ricky Lopez kick)
E - FG, Lopez 25
E - FG, Lopez 21
CC - FG, Perez 22
E - McFadden 2 run (Lopez kick)