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Bulldogs can play spoiler


November 2, 2011
Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Fort Myers Green Wave struck quickly, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter Saturday night, and diminished the playoff hopes for the Ida Baker Bulldogs with a 40-14 victory at Edison Stadium.

The game was postponed Friday night by rain and lightning that moved through the area just before the scheduled kickoff.

The Wave (7-2, 4-1 district) only need to defeat Bishop Verot this week to clinch one playoff spot and can claim the District 6A-11 title if the Bulldogs (5-3, 3-2) topple South Fort Myers (5-3, 4-1) because the Wave defeated South.

In other games played Saturday because of Friday's weather, Palmetto Ridge downed Lely 38-17; Golden Gate bashed Gulf Coast 40-12; First Baptist doubled-up Out-of-Door 42-21; and Community School of Naples' game with district rival St. Stephen's Episcopal was canceled.

Cypress Lake lost to East Lee County 26-7 and Dunbar spanked Avon Park 47-9 Monday night.

Cape High locked up the District 5A-11 championship by beating Lehigh 8-7 Friday night, but Estero can knock Lehigh out of the No. 2 playoff spot with a win this week. The Seahawks (5-3, 4-0), who play at East Lee County (3-4, 2-2) in their final district game this week, holds head-to-head victories over both teams battling for the runner-up slot.

The Green Wave scored on their first two possessions against the Bulldogs, taking a 13-0 lead. It looked as if the Wave would coast from there.

"We got off fast tonight," said Green Wave coach Sam Sirianni.

Baker got a spark from Justin Johnson who ran back the kickoff after the second score 52 yards to the Wave 25-yard line. Moments later, Reece Atwood connected with Hunter Urraro on a fourth-down pass for 19 yards to the Wave 5. Jeremy Betts ran it into the end zone from the three two plays later.

Dalvin Battle scored three times for the Green Wave. His second TD was a breakaway 33-yarder to put Fort Myers up 20-7 at the half. Battle carried 12 times for 174 yards in the game. The Green Wave gained 330 yards on the ground compared to 141 for the Bulldogs.

Three Green Wave scored in the third quarter put the game out of reach for the Bulldogs.

The Wave's Charles Brown ran 61 yards with a pass interception, his second pick of the game, for the first score of the second half.

Baker responded with one score in the quarter. Atwood hit Urraro on a crossing route, and Urraro made his way through the secondary 66 yards for the touchdown that brought the Bulldogs within 27-14.

Battle's 45-yard TD run after that proved crucial. The Bulldogs fumbled the ball back to the Wave at Baker's 22, setting up the game's final score.

Quinton Smith fought off would-be tacklers and darted 22 yards for the Wave TD.

"It was an omen that we got to play on October 29," said Sirianni. "Last year, we got our school's 600th win on my Dad's birthday, and tonight we got to play again."

The loss snapped the Bulldogs' three-game district winning streak, two of those wins coming in overtime.

"When you play Fort Myers you have to execute better," said Bulldogs coach Brian Conn. "We cannot make those mental mistakes and think that we can stay in the game. We had a breakdown in communication in our no-huddle offense."

The Bulldogs' final game of the season is Nov. 11 against Mariner.

Ida Baker 7 0 7 0 - 14

Fort Myers 13 7 20 0 - 40

First Quarter

FM - Tyler Douglas 13 run (Steven Brosy kick)

FM - Dalvin Battle 5 run (kick blocked)

IB - Jeremy Betts 3 run (Dylan Miller kick)

Second Quarter

FM - Battle 33 run (Brosy kick)

Third Quarter

FM - Charles Brown 61 interception return (Brosy kick)

IB - Hunter Urraro 66 pass from Reece Atwood (Miller kick)

FM - Battle 45 run (Brosy kick)

FM - Quinton Smith 22 run (kick failed)

Sports Editor Jim Linette contributed to this report.



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