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Red Knights take care of business, topple Cape 45-7

August 23, 2019
By CJ HADDAD (cjhaddad@breezenewspapers.com) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The North Fort Myers Red Knights picked up right where they left off last season, taking care of Cape Coral 45-7 on the road in week one of the high school football season.

Led by senior quarterback, and former Seahawk, Parker O'Dell, along with a powerful Red Knight offensive line, North (1-0) was in control for a majority of the game, as the Seahawks' (0-1) only lead lasted just 35 seconds on the game clock.

"There were some things we can improve on, but overall I was happy with our performance," North head coach Dwayne Mack said. "We played a little bit undisciplined, but if we can clean it up and get into the routine of (being) disciplined, I think we have a bright future."

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North Fort Myers senior Parker O'Dell (11) runs for the first of his two rushing touchdowns against Cape Coral Friday night. To view more photos from the game, see the Cape Coral Breeze Facebook page.
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The ground game was working all night for North, as their monstrous offensive line, shepherded by Blaise Sparks, moved the Seahawk defensive line all four quarters.

"Last week, Port Charlotte had a great (defensive) line so (Sparks) got tested. This week, the (offensive) line as a group wanted to prove they're still the best (offensive) line in Lee County and they showed it today."

O'Dell scampered for 151 yards on the ground on just six attempts behind that dominant line, finishing with two rushing touchdowns and one through the air -- a 1-yard pass to Atavious Weaver with two minutes left to play.

"Parker, I mean this was like a homecoming for him. He played here for three years and he wanted to come back and put on a good sowing," Mack said. "He's a great young man. He's the captain of the ship. I'm happy for him."

Junior running back Brett Reed was no slouch with the rock in his hands either, as the dual threat running back/kicker tallied 169 yards on the ground on 13 attempts with two scores, a huge chunk coming on a 90-yard touchdown sprint in the third quarter.

"Brett is a great kid," Mack said. "We have a lot of sophomores and juniors playing for us now, and I think that makes the future pretty bright. Brett, great kid. All-state punter, all-state kicker that also is a running back."

Two other backs scored for the Red Knights. Evan Mischel with a 21-yard run in the second and Aaron Cole with a 3-yard run in the fourth.

Sammy Presmy was also impressive on the ground for the staggering Red Knight ground game that sealed their first victory of the season.

For Seahawk head coach Dale More, this was obviously not the way he wanted to open the season, at home no less, but he said he's just working to find the identity of his team, as they did not have the benefit of a preseason game as North did.

"I saw a team that hadn't played a game yet," More said. "In a Kickoff Classic (preseason) game, you're going to do a lot of things that you may not do, and then see what you did and adjust. We didn't have that opportunity. They did. And it showed.

"I think our kids played hard, and that's what I care about. That's what these early games are about as we get to the districts. Let's just figure us out. What is our identity as a football team? What can we do and what can we get better on. I'm proud of our kids' effort. I'm proud of what our coaches did tonight. And the success is going to come."

Cape came out of the gate fired up, and a near pick-six on North's opening possession almost made this a different ball game.

Senior running back Adrian Medacco was the workhorse on the ground for the Seahawks and even gave them a lead early in the second quarter when he pounded in a 4-yard touchdown, putting Cape Coral up 7-6.

Medacco finished with 65 rushing yards on 17 carries and the lone Seahawk touchdown.

Though Cape's lead wouldn't last long, some bright spots were to be seen, namely from sophomore quarterback Duncan Smith.

Smith was thrown into the fire, as More elected to run a pass-heavy offense with a lopsided score.

Smith handled himself well, though a few overthrows showed some opening night jitters.

Smith was 12-26 through the air for 132 yards and an interception. He also rushed for 43 yards.

His main target, senior Devin Frink, totaled 85 receiving yards on the night.

"Absolutely," More said when asked if he thought Smith looked promising. "Duncan's a 4.0 GPA kid. He's super smart kid, and he gets it. He understands what he's doing. He sees stuff sometimes I don't see and I go with him."

More was disappointed he didn't get to go to his two-quarterback system he had planned for the regular season, as an injury to a wide receiver on the first possession saw Isaiah Graham stick to catching passes instead of throwing them.

"We've got two really good players, two really good quarterbacks who are going to share time all season long and are in it for the right reason - for each other," More said.

Next week, North takes on Riverdale in their home opener, while Cape is at South Fort Myers.

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NORTH FORT MYERS 6 19 7 13 -- 45

CAPE CORAL 7 0 0 0 -- 7

1st Quarter

NFM: Parker O'Dell 44-yard run (pass failed) 8:10

2nd Quarter

CC: Adrian Medacco 4-yard run (Fernandez kick) 10:36

NFM: Brett Reed 12-yard run (blocked kick) 10:01

NFM: O'Dell 14-yard run (run failed) 3:08

NFM Evan Mischel 20-yard run (Reed kick) 2:11

3rd Quarter

NFM: Reed 90-yard run (Reed kick) 1:33

4th Quarter

NFM: Aaron Cole 3-yard run (run failed) 5:36

NFM: Atavious Weaver 1-yard pas from O'Dell (Reed kick) 2:09

 
 
 

 

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