The Cape Coral Seahawks head into the summer with plenty of reason for optimism. They defeated Bradenton Bayshore 45-7 in spring football at Cape's Dave Warkentin Stadium Friday night.
"Overall we showed a lot of promise for this fall," Seahawks coach Larry Gary said.
The Seahawks, 7-3 a year ago, had little trouble with a Bruins squad coming off a 2-8 season in 2013.
Cape Coral senior-to-be Dylan Bontraeger (6) looks to pass to receiver Rasheen Bailey (far left) on a play that resulted in one of Bailey's three touchdowns on the night against Bayshore Friday night. Bailey caught two passes for scores and ran an interception back for another.
Rasheen Bailey got the show started for the Seahawks, scoring the first three touchdowns. Bailey returned an interception 53 yards for a touchdown, then caught a 20-yard pass from Elliot Pierce and a 33-yarder from Dylan Bontraeger.
Pierce got the start at quarterback Friday night. Bontraeger, the starter last season, had just returned to the football team after the Seahawks baseball team's run to the regional final.
The Seahawks' special teams got into the act when Quintin Canty grabbed a blocked Caleb Freeman punt and scored from five yards out. Four Parker Stone extra points made it 28-0 Seahawks after one quarter. Stone, a converted soccer player, hit a 38-yard field goal in the third quarter in his football debut.
Junior-to-be Jordan Lewis scored on a 16-yard run in the second period. Lewis made his bid to be the heir apparent to Eamon Smart as the workhorse runningback. He had 130 yards rushing on 10 carries, including a 32-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
Gary said Issac Washington, who wasn't available Friday night, would join Lewis at runningback in the fall.
"He'll come back in the fall and help out," Gary said. "We had kids who didn't play tonight who will come back and play in the fall."
The one problem Cape had was allowing pressure on Pierce and Bontraeger.
"Our inexperience is on our defensive front and our offensive line," Gary said. "We'll work on that this fall."
Bailey had another big play on defense, dropping Bayshore's Jamar Johnson for a 16-yard loss on fourth down on the Bruins' only first-half trip into Cape territory.
Colin Loethen had two sacks for the Seahawks, who recovered three Bayshore fumbles.
The Bruins avoided being shut out when David Lopez scored on a one-yard run with 1:47 remaining.
The game was called with 18.6 seconds to play after an altercation resulted in personal fouls on both teams.
"We'll learn," Gary said. "It's a learning experience. It's a life lesson. We'll get stuff out of the (game) film whether it's good or bad."
Bayshore 0 0 0 7 - 7
Cape Coral 28 7 10 0 - 45
CC - Bailey 53 interception return (Stone kick)?CC - Bailey 20 pass from Pierce (Stone kick)?CC - Bailey 33 pass from Bontraeger (Stone kick)?CC - Canty 5 blocked punt return (Stone kick)?CC - Lewis 16 run (Stone kick)?CC - Lewis 32 run (Doran kick)?CC - FG, Stone 38
BC - Lopez 1 run (Freeman kick)