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Island Coast stuns Cape Coral 3-0

October 13, 2018
By PETE SISK ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Island Coast Jim Wiseman looked almost afraid to accept a victory.

With his assistants waiting to celebrate a stunning 3-0 win against Cape Coral, Wiseman held off until it was official before jumping for joy.

"I try to teach our kids that until it's triple zeroes we're still in it, and even when you're on top a lot of things can happen," Wiseman said. "I just thought, 'Wait until triple zeroes and then I'll celebrate.'"

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Island Coast freshman Keon Anderson (28) tries to break away from tacklers during the Gators' 3-0 win over Cape Coral Friday night. To view more photos from the game, see the Cape Coral Breeze Facebook page.

Friday's win was the first for Island Coast under Wiseman, who is in his first season as Gators' coach.

Prior to that, the last Island Coast victory was a 20-17 win in the 2017 season opener. After that came a stretch of 14 consecutive defeats (the Gators played nine games last year in a season shortened by Hurricane Irma).

"I'm so proud of the kids," Wiseman said. "I'm proud of the way they fought through adversity. A lot of things we've been going through, injuries in the last week, a lot of sickness going around.

"I told them that Cape's a great football team, but if we could just stay around, play 48 minutes, play hard football, and just keep slugging it, slugging it, good things can happen and they did."

Meanwhile, it was a bad night for Cape Coral (5-2, 2-1 District 6A-10) even before the game began.

"We were down nine starters out of 22," Cape Coral coach Dale More said. "Tough one for us physically. Our kids came and gave what they had. They fought their tails off. They worked hard all week. Young kids coming up off JV, freshman kids, brought up to come and play and they gave what they could. It didn't end up the way we wanted it to."

It got worse. Quarterback Parker O'Dell went down on the Island Coast sideline with 2:12 remaining in the third quarter. Paramedics wound up putting a backboard under O'Dell, then placing him on a stretcher and into an ambulance.

"We lost our quarterback," More said. "We also lost our H-back. So we've had a bit of an injury bug."

O'Dell was able to wiggle his toes after his cleats and socks were removed, and gave a thumb's up as he was wheeled toward the ambulance.

Seahawks' players surrounded O'Dell, many in tears, before paramedics began moving him toward the ambulance.

"Hat's off to the athletic trainer for Island Coast," Cape Coral principal Jeff Spiro said. "She really handled the medical situation with class, but also with expertise."

Island Coast dominated the first half, although the Gators were left with frustration for most of the opening two quarters. Two field goal attempts failed before Carlos Marvez kicked a 34-yarder with 2:29 to go in the first halt.

Cape put together its best drive on the ensuing kickoff, but O'Dell was tackled inside the Island Coast 5 as as the clock ran out.

Cape Coral had opportunities in the fourth period, but the Gators turned them away each time. A 35-yard field goal attempt was blocked with 5:45 left, and after Cape recovered a fumble on the Gators' 29, Island Coast stopped the Seahawks cold.

There was one final chance when Cape got the ball on the Island Coast 39 with 1:32 to play. On fourth and 10, backup quarterback Christian Morgan was sacked.

"They still played hard and gave it all they had, and I think that's a statement to our program and our coaches and our kids," More said.

Island Coast (1-2 in District 6A-10) is home next week against Port Charlotte (1-2) before meeting archrival Ida Baker (0-3 in the district).

For Cape Coral, a season that began 5-0 is now a season on the brink.

O'Dell joins a long list of injured Seahawks as Cape faces a stretch run of district leader Charlotte (3-0) and North Fort Myers (2-1) before the season finale against Mariner.

"I'm happy 3-0," Wiseman said. "I told our kids, let's find a way to win the game, and 3-0 would be great for me. I said, '6-3. 2-0, I'd be happy with.'"

CAPE CORAL 0 0 0 0 - 0

ISLAND COAST 0 3 0 0 - 0

Second quarter

IC - Carlos Marvez 34-yard field goal, 2:29.

In other games:

Charlotte 34, North Fort Myers 18: The Tarpons jumped out to a 27-6 first-quarter lead on their way to a District 6A-10 victory that left Charlotte (6-1 overall) alone on top (3-0) in the district. Jesse Charles passed for touchdowns of 81 yards to Clayton Savinsky and 18 yards to Daniel Pilgrim, and Charles also ran 13 yards for a North (4-3, 2-1) touchdown.

Port Charlotte 55, Ida Baker 7: Evan Hubbard hit Patrick McCabe on a 47-yard touchdown pass for the Bulldogs, who fell to 1-7, 0-3 in District 6A-10. It was the first district win for the Pirates (5-2, 1-2).

Moore Haven 36, Oasis 7: The Sharks slipped to 5-3 on the season as their normally high-powered offense was held in check by the Terriers. Oasis has next week off before playing host to St. John Neumann in its season finale.

Bishop Verot 5, Delray Beach American Heritage 3: Logan McLeod hit a 42-yard field goal with 5:45 to play to lift the Vikings (7-1) to victory. JJ Mira had given Verot an early 2-0 lead by sacking the American Heritage quarterback in the end zone in the first quarter.

Lely 16, Mariner 10: The Tritons (4-3, 1-2 District 5A-12) dug their way out of a 10-0 hole, but fell in a heartbreaker when Lely's Jonis Dieudonne hit Nick Obsaint for a 45-yard touchdown in the game's final seconds. Cade Reynolds had a 3-yard touchdown run and Owen Osgood connected on a 21-yard field goal for Mariner. It was the season's first win for Lely (1-6, 1-2).



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