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Verot building toward set goals

August 26, 2015
By LYLE FITZSIMMONS (Special to the Breeze) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

It's time for round two at Bishop Verot High School.

Veteran head coach Bill Shields, who re-assumed the helm of the Vikings' football program last fall after a two-decade absence, returns this year to build on the foundation laid in 2014.

The team finished second to Cardinal Mooney in the District 3A-6 standings in Shields' second debut and earned a berth in the state 3A playoffs before falling on the road to Clearwater Central Catholic.

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Senior quarterback Alex McDougall (11) throws a pass as Bishop Verot prepared for its season opener at home Friday against Cardinal Mooney. More photos are available online at: under Latest Galleries in the Scholastic Sports folder.

The Vikings reached the state Class 2A title game during Shields' first tenure in 1990.

"I feel that the 2014 season helped set our goals for the upcoming season," Shields said. "We understand that if you work on the things that need improvement then you should improve as a team. I would hope our players understand the importance of playing as a team. Playing for your teammate and play as hard as you can for as long as you can. I don't feel that I am any different on the field or in the locker room. When it's football time it's time for football."

During his time away from Verot, Shields was 41-14 during a five-year run as head coach at Titusville Astronaut, and also worked in both Jacksonville and Duluth (Ga.).

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Bishop Verot


2015 Schedule

Aug. 20 - at Estero, 7 p.m.

Aug. 28 - vs. Cardinal Mooney, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 4 - vs. Mariner, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 11 - at Lakeland Christian, 7:30 p.m.

x-Sept. 18 - at Lake Placid, 7 p.m.

x-Sept. 25 - vs. Labelle, 7:30 p.m.

x-Oct. 2 - vs. Avon Park, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 9 - vs. East Lee County, 7:30 p.m.

x-Oct. 16 - vs. Mulberry, 7:30 p.m.

x-Oct. 23 - at Gateway Charter, 7 p.m.

x-Oct. 30 - at Tenoroc, 7:30 p.m.


Head Coach: Bill Shields ('14), 2nd season, 5-6

Assistants: John Nolan (def.coord.), Lenarick Thomas (DB), Doug Chase (DB), John Phillips (TE, LB), Rod Williams (DL), Doug Back (OL), Matt Combs (WR), Derek Bachman (RB), Josh Vogelbach (off. coord./QB).

Team Colors: Black & Gold

Stadium: Viking Stadium, 5598 Sunrise Drive, Fort Myers

Class/District: 4A-6

Playoff History: 1990 - Verot 30, Pine Crest 7; Verot 34, Frostproof 33 (Regionals); Bolles 17, Verot 14 (2A Championship); 1991 - Verot 34, Pine Crest 6; Frostproof 7, Verot 6 (Regional); 1994 - Verot 20, Ransom Everglades 10; Verot 22, Frostproof 6; Verot 30, LaBelle 6 (Regionals); Union County 21, Verot 0 (3A Championship); 1997 - Avon Park 46, Verot 14; 1998 - Verot 21, Lake Placid 13; Tampa Catholic 17, Verot 14; 2000 - Clearwater Central Catholic 49, Verot 42; 2001 - Verot 45, Clearwater Central Catholic 0; Verot 20, Avon Park 6; Clewiston 49, Verot 17; 2002 - Verot 68, St. Pete Catholic 13; Clewiston 30, Verot 27 OT. 2007 - Clewiston 26, Verot 13. 2013 - Clearwater Central Catholic 47, Verot 0; 2014 - Clearwater Central Catholic 62, Verot 18.

2014 Results

Record: 5-6 Dist. 1-1

Home: 1-4 Away: 4-2

Fort Myers 51, Verot 3

Lemon Bay 26, Verot 15

Verot 34, East Lee County 13

Verot 27, LaBelle 8

x-Verot 52, Out-of-Door 12

Clewiston 56, Verot 12

Verot 50, St. Pete Catholic 7

Verot 54, Lake Placid 3

x-Cardinal Mooney 44, Verot 6

North Fort Myers 50, Verot 14

District runner-up


Clearwater Central Cath. 62, Verot 18


Upon returning to Fort Myers, he replaced Phil Dorn, who left for a job at Alabama A&M University.

"Our program is one built on competition, on and off the field, teaching young men to be responsible and the importance of working together to reach a common goal," Shields said. "Setting goals without a plan on achieving them is nothing more than a wish. It is important to us that we improve every week and that we challenge for our district championship."

Senior Alex McDougall and sophomore Korey Besse competed for snaps at quarterback in a bid to replace departed starter Quinn Farrell, who threw for 1,017 yards and 12 TDs last season.

McDougall saw time in 10 games behind Farrell, connected for three touchdowns and 135 yards.

Also back is sophomore running back William Scott, who ran for 1,225 yards and 18 touchdowns as a ninth-grader, while also leading the team with 18 pass receptions. Additionally, returning seniors Cooper Gibson and Jake Bowlin combined for 23 catches for 234 yards and two touchdowns as juniors.

Shields said he'll lean on linemen Viktor Beach, Jimmy Holdgrafter and Trevor Glasgow, wide receiver Mathias Combs, running back Deven Thompkins and center/kicker Nathan Holmes on offense, as well as lineman Aiden Maribona, linebackers Bowlin, Anthony Cecere, Tristan Perry and Marcus Evans on defense.

"Every one of our players is important to our goals," Shields said. "We need players to play and practice. As we enter the season, we need to have everyone play to a higher level."

The Vikings won their preseason classic matchup last Thursday at Estero 43-32. Their regular season opening game is Friday when they host Cardinal Mooney, which is no longer in the same district as the Vikings.



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