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Rain pushes Baker to Saturday

October 29, 2011
By CHUCK BALLARO (Special to the Breeze) , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The murky picture that is the District 6A-11 race will have to wait another night to come into clearer focus after Ida Baker's game at Fort Myers' Edison Stadium was postponed by rain and lightning Friday night. Officials rescheduled it for 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Lightning was reported near the stadium about 10 minutes before kickoff sending both teams retreating to the lockerrooms after pregame warm-ups. Another bolt was reported 20 minutes later and the decision was made to scrub the game shortly after 8 p.m. as the rain became more persistent.

For both teams, this game amounts to an elimination game in the race for the two district playoff spots, which the Bulldogs (5-2, 3-1 district) seem to have been playing on a weekly basis. Four teams - Baker, South Fort Myers, Fort Myers and Island Coast - are battling for the top two spots in the 6A-11 standings.

South Fort Myers is 4-1 in the district while Fort Myers is 3-1 and Island Coast now 3-2 The tiebreaker system could be a nightmare.

Baker and Fort Myers both lost to Island Coast, which lost to South Fort Myers, and South Fort Myers lost to Fort Myers.

Baker has won three straight district games, including an overtime win over Riverdale last week. The Bulldogs control their own destiny for a playoff berth, but need help to win the district because the Gators beat them head-to-head.

If the Bulldogs beat the Green Wave and win at South Fort Myers next week, they are in the playoffs. The Bulldogs can win the district title only if they win their final two district games since the Gators lost at Riverdale 14-6.

A loss in either of the Bulldogs' two district games would all but eliminate them from the playoffs.

Meanwhile, South Fort Myers lost a non-conference game at Charlotte 28-3.

Baker's final game against city rival Mariner is a non-district matchup.

One other game was postponed by the weather Friday night. Dunbar's home game with Avon Park was moved to Monday. Cape Coral Christian wound up forfeiting its game to Oasis.

 
 

 

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