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Mariner falls to Cypress Lake 44-34

September 15, 2018
By PETE SISK ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

FORT MYERS -- It was a long, tough, disappointing night for the Mariner Tritons.

Mariner suffered its first loss of the season, 44-34, at the hands of Cypress Lake in the District 5A-12 opener for both teams.

A game that was supposed to start at 7:30 p.m. wound up taking five hours to reach its conclusion.

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Mariner sophomore Tavin Ward (9) runs with the ball after a catch during the Tritons' game against Cypress Lake Friday night. To view more photos from the game, see the Cape Coral Breeze Facebook page.

Friday's game didn't start until 9:18 p.m. due to lightning. An injury to Cypress Lake's Jayson Riches early in the fourth quarter caused another lengthy delay. The game didn't end until after midnight Saturday morning.

The Tritons are 2-1, 0-1, while Cypress is 3-1, 1-0.

"We couldn't stop them defensively," Mariner coach Travis Smith said. "They were breaking our tackles left and right. We just didn't do a good job defensively.

"It didn't help that we didn't start until 9:30, but we've still got to do our job."

Chris Joseph scored four touchdowns on 174 yards rushing to lead Cypress Lake.

Cypress Lake gets an early leg up in District 5A-12. The Panthers are tied with Clewiston at the top of the district standings. A third team will join them Monday when Immokalee and Dunbar play their storm-delayed game.

"To have an almost two-hour lightning delay, to come out here a little bit flat -- which is on me -- and then to have a big delay when a player goes down to make it a really late night; that's a lot of things that you have to play against, and I thought they did a good job of being resilient," Cypress Lake coach Richie Rode said.

The two halves of the game were very different. Cypress held a 14-7 advantage at halftime, while the two teams combined for 57 points in the second half.

For Mariner, Cade Reynolds rushed for 157 yards and a TD, and Rashawn Hunter carried 16 times for 107 yards and three touchdowns. Hunter also hit Erickson Noel on a 60-yard TD pass, and connected with Dylan Hinz for 58 yards to set up one of his scoring runs.

"They had some big plays," Rode said. "They've been doing that to everybody so far. We're playing a lot of young kids on the back end, and we don't expect that to be an excuse but it's a learning experience."

CJ Shedd threw for two Cypress Lake touchdowns.

Both teams piled up the penalties. Cypress Lake was flagged 15 times for 125 yards, while Mariner had 12 penalties for 105 yards.

"Way too many mistakes in the first half, way too many silly penalties," Smith said.

Riches lay on the goal line for quite a while after one of Hunter's touchdowns brought the Tritons to within 34-28. It turned out that the senior lineman had a broken leg.

"They (his teammates) did a good job using that as positive emotion," Rode said. "They'll deal with it now and some of the sadness now, and they'll go visit him. But in the moment, they did a good job."

Mariner plays at Barron Collier this coming Friday before a home District 5A-12 game against Clewiston on Sept. 28.

MARINER 7 0 13 14 -- 34

CYPRESS LAKE 7 7 14 10 -- 44

First quarter

M - Cade Reynolds 1 run (Kaleb Manley kick) 6:10.

CL - Chris Joseph 6 run (Jasiel Ramirez kick) 3:01.

Second quarter

CL - Joseph 5 run (Ramirez kick) 4:20.

Third quarter

CL --Kyrie Savoy 30 pass from CJ Shedd (Ramirez kick) 10:23.

M - Erickson Noel 60 pass from Rashawn Hunter (kick blocked) 9:12.

CL - Joseph 44 run (Ramirez kick) 8:01.

M - Hunter 10 run (Manley kick) 2:32.

CL - Joseph 32 run (kick failed) 0:36.

Fourth quarter

M - Hunter 1 run (Hunter conversion) 11:04.

CL - Brett Reed FG 21 8:22.

CL - Koby Moore 18 pass from Shedd (Ramirez kick) 5:53.

M - Hunter 2 run (no conversion attempted). 0:00.

In other games:

Cape Coral 31, Port Charlotte 29: The Seahawks are 4-0, 1-0 in District 6A-10 after holding off a furious fourth-quarter Pirates comeback. Port Charlotte (3-1, 0-1) scored 22 points in the fourth quarter, but Cape Coral stopped the Pirates on a two-point conversion attempt that would have tied the game and potentially forced overtime. Adrien Canty scored three times for Cape Coral on runs of 4, 5, and 33 yards. Parker O'Dell had a 27-yard TD pass to Jaydin Feliz, and Antonio Garcia kicked a 20-yard field goal for the Seahawks.

North Fort Myers 57, Island Coast 0: Jesse Charles ran for TDs of 52 and 30 yards, and threw four scoring passes to lead the Red Knights (2-2, 1-0 District 6A-10). Charles's touchdown passes were of 4 yards to Shomari Mason, 5 yards to Chris Lucas, and 20 and 38 yards to Clayton Savinsky. Lucas also rushed for a 39-yard touchdown and Mason added a 16-yard TD run. Island Coast slipped to 0-4, 0-1.

LaBelle 34, Oasis 33: LaBelle (4-0, 1-0) scored the final 14 points to hand Oasis (3-1, 0-1 District 4A-3) its first defeat of the season. For the Sharks, Taylor Rennie ran for touchdowns of 6 and 33 yards. Daniel Rennie connected on TD passes of 19 and 72 yards to Ashton Roy. Jaheed Marcus added a 2-yard run for the Sharks.

Charlotte 44, Ida Baker 6: The Bulldogs fell to 1-3, 1-0 in District 6A-10 with a loss at Charlotte (3-1, 1-0).

Bishop Verot 59, First Baptist 14: Terry Lindsey scored three touchdowns on runs of 7, 2 and 3 yards; and JJ Mira had TD runs of 18 and 44 yards to pace the Vikings (3-1). Jacob Azizi had touchdown passes of 21 yards to Tequon Chatman, 48 yards to Jaidin Brown and 47 yards to Brock Gee. Logan McLeod added a 27-yard field goal and seven extra points.



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