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District standings shift

October 9, 2013
By JIM LINETTE ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Sarasota Booker is next on the schedule for the unbeaten Ida Baker Bulldogs on Friday night.

The Bulldogs (6-0, 1-0 District) travel to Sarasota for their non-district contest and looking to go 7-0 for the first time in school history. They are coming off a 45-0 rout at Lehigh in their District 6A-12 debut.

In other games this week Cape Coral (4-2, 2-1) hosts district rival Lemon Bay (1-3, 0-2) and Oasis (0-4) looks for its first season win at Northwest Christian. Both of those games are on Thursday.

Friday, District 5A-14 leader Island Coast (4-1, 3-0) visits North Fort Myers (2-4, 2-1); Mariner (0-6, 0-3) entertains Golden Gate (2-3, 0-1); and Bishop Verot (4-1, 1-0) heads to Clewiston for a non-district matchup.

"We got the result we expected, but it wasn't crystal sharp. We weren't locked in," said Bulldogs coach Brian Conn. "We can't play to our opponent's level. Champions dominate their opposition, no matter who it is."

Last Friday's matchup was a clear-cut statistical victory, if not an outwardly satisfying one for the Bulldogs, whose frenetic offense scored 14 points apiece in each of the first three quarters before providing the final margin on Filander Barahona's field goal with 8:27 left to play.

Running back Johnny Garrow provided the first, second, fourth and fifth touchdowns for the Bulldogs, finding the end zone from 16, 2, 8 and 5 yards while compiling 106 yards on 13 carries. It was the second straight four-TD game for the 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior, who put up similar numbers in Baker's 60-10 rout of Estero the prior week.

Junior QB Sage Attwood and senior wide receiver Roy Denson hooked up for the Bulldogs' other two scores, cashing in from 35 yards to make it 21-0 in the fifth minute of the second quarter and from 33 yards to push the advantage to 42 points with 7:30 left in the third.

Baker was its typical up-tempo self, scoring all six touchdowns on drives that ranged between 59 seconds and 2:53, which the number of plays veered from four to 11.

Ida Baker 14 14 14 3 - 45

Lehigh 0 0 0 0 - 0

Scoring Summary

IB - Garrow 16 run (Barahona kick)

IB - Garrow 2 run (Barahona kick)

IB - Denson 35 pass from Attwood (Barahona kick)

IB - Garrow 8 run (Barahona kick)

IB - Garrow 5 run (Barahona kick)

IB - Denson 33 pass from Attwood (Barahona kick)

IB - FG, Barahona 19

Island Coast 34, Cape Coral 14: The Gators sit in the driver's seat in District 5A-14 after handing former district leading Cape Coral its first district loss of the season.

The Gators defense picked off four passes by Cape QB Dylan Bontrager, returning one for a touchdown, and held Cape running back Eamon Smart to 21 yards on 14 carries. Boyd, meanwhile, ran for 218 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown.

"We're very proud of the way our defense performed tonight," Gators coach Joe Bowen said. "They kept us in there, gave us great opportunities for our offense to score."

Bontrager was playing his first game after missing time with a concussion. Joey Lantz returned one of the four picks for a touchdown.

"You could see a lack of practice" in Bontrager's play, Seahawks coach Larry Gary said. "From the short time he's practiced he seems kind of out of tune. And losing the structure of our offensive line we lost our starting center we had problems with our center."

Bontrager also had to contend with several low snaps from center.

Cape (4-2, 2-1) slips behind Dunbar (3-2, 2-0) in the district standings. Both Island Coast and Cape play Dunbar later this season.

Island Coast quarterback Quinn Borque ran for one touchdown and threw for another.

Cape Coral 0 7 7 0 - 14

Island Coast 7 13 7 7 - 34

Scoring Summary

IC - Boyd 60 run ( Curtis kick)

Cape - Smart 1 pass from Bontrager ( Perez kick)

IC - Bourque 5 run (Curtis kick)

IC - Mitchell 11 pass from Borque (conversion failed)

IC - Lantz 10 interception return (Curtis kick)

Cape - Bailey fumble recovery in end zone (Perez kick)

IC - Lambert 1 run (Curtis kick)

Dunbar 58, Mariner 0: Dunbar junior quarterback Daniel Cobb took a handoff and swept around the right end and down the sideline 76 yards for the game's first score. Dunbar elected to try a two-point conversion, but were stopped short.

Big plays were the order of the day in the second quarter. This time it was junior tailback Marquis Bryant leading the way. He took the pitch to the left side and broke away from the Tritons defense for a 74-yard score and the rout was on.

A short punt seemed to roll around for a while before Cobb scooped it up and raced down the left sideline, aided by a couple of crushing blocks, to the end zone and a 20-0 lead.

If the Tritons expected things to get better in the second half, Cobb quickly let them know it wasn't to be. He fielded the kickoff at his own 19-yard line and was off to the races for an 81-yard TD return.

Dunbar (3-2) and hosts Cypress Lake Friday.

Dunbar 6 37 15 0 - 58

Mariner 0 0 0 0 - 0

Scoring Summary

Dun - Cobb 76 run (kick failed)

Dun - Bryant 74 run (Cobb kick)

Dun - Cobb 63 punt return (Cobb kick)

Dun - Cobb 30 pass from Byrd (Byrd run)

Dun - Rice 1 run (Cobb 2 pt conv)

Dun - Cobb 71 run (Cobb kick)

Dun - Cobb 80 kickoff return (Cobb kick)

Dun - Safety, White

Dun - Golden 61 kickoff return (kick failed)

Freelance writers Pets Sisk, Lyle Fitzsimmons and Neil Blair-Bennett contributed to this report.



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