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Oldest city rivals collide

November 1, 2013
By JIM LINETTE ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

This city's first football rivalry came into being in 1987 when Mariner High School opened its doors to students and fielded the first Tritons football program. When the Tritons took the field against Cape High, the Black & Blue Bowl was born.

Taking on the more established Seahawks, established in 1979, surprisingly the Tritons dominated by winning the first six years in a row. The Tritons won 13 of the first 18 meetings.

The Black & Blue Bowl series celebrates its 27th anniversary tonight at Mariner's Tony McKenna Field. Just as surprisingly, the series is tied 13-13 with the Seahawks winning the last eight games in succession. There's also a 23-point average margin of victory.

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Island Coast teammates (from left) Trey Boyd, Eric Russaw, Mason Boye, and Nick Quinones (50) celebrate Boyd’s third quarter touchdown against Dunbar. More photos are available online at:

The Seahawks (6-3) and Tritons (1-8) play for bragging rights with no district or playoff implications at stake. While the Tritons are pumped up after winning their first game of the season last week at Cypress Lake, the Seahawks definitely are favored to make it nine straight.

In other games tonight:

Ida Baker (8-1) looks to nail down a District 6A-12 playoff spot as district runner-up when East Lee County (0-7) visits Bulldogs Stadium.

"We made no turnovers and forced two turnovers (against Charlotte)," said Bulldogs coach Brian Conn. "You can't win games against teams like that while making turnovers. That's the difference."

The Bulldogs need a similar performance tonight so as not to surrender their hold on the second playoff spot.

Fresh off claiming the District 5A-14 championship last Friday, the Island Coast Gators (7-1) cross the peninsula to take on University.

North Fort Myers (2-6) visits District 5A-14 runner-up Dunbar (5-3) with nothing at stake but pride.

Bishop Verot (5-2) hosts Cardinal Mooney (6-1) with both District 3A-6 playoff berths up for grabs. Both 1-0 in the three-team district, the winner will be crowned district champion.

Oasis (1-5) faces Community School of Naples (8-0) in a battle of two independent teams just looking to get through the game without suffering any serious injuries.

Football District Standings

Through Oct. 25 Games

District 7A-11 (Reg. 3)

Dist. All

Port Charlotte2-0 6-0

Charlotte2-0 6-3

Fort Myers0-2 5-3

Riverdale0-2 2-5

District 6A-12 (Reg. 3)

Dist. All

x-South FM2-0 6-2

Ida Baker1-1 8-1

Lehigh1-1 1-7

East Lee Co.0-2 0-7

District 6A-13 (Reg. 4)

Dist. All

x-Naples4-0 6-2

Palmetto Ridge2-1 5-3

Barron Collier 1-2 3-4

Gulf Coast1-3 5-4

Estero1-2 3-5

District 5A-14 (Reg. 4)

Dist. All

x-Island Coast6-0 7-1

y-Dunbar4-1 5-3

Cape Coral3-2 6-3

Lemon Bay2-3 3-4

North FM2-3 2-6

Mariner1-4 1-8

Cypress Lake0-5 1-7

District 5A-15 (Reg. 4)

Dist. All

Immokalee1-0 6-2

Lely1-0 2-6

Golden Gate0-2 4-4

District 3A-6 (Reg. 3)

Dist. All

Bishop Verot1-0 5-2

Cardinal Mooney1-0 6-1

Out-of-Door0-2 1-7

District 2A-6 (Reg. 3)

Dist. All

x-First Baptist5-0 7-1

y-Moore Haven4-1 4-3

SJ Neumann4-1 6-2

SWF Christian2-4 4-4

Evan. Christian2-3 4-5

Marco Island1-4 2-6

Imagine School0-5 1-7



C.S. Naples8-0




x-District champion

y-District runner-up



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