Cypress topples Baker 28-8
May 19, 2017


The dress rehearsal for new Ida Baker coach Todd Nichols' charges had its moments, but there's work to be done over the summer.

Cypress Lake controled the final three quarters Thursday night, spoiling the night for Nichols and the Bulldogs 28-8 at Bulldogs Stadium.

Kelsey Demps ran for two Panthers touchdowns and Tim Addison caught two scoring passes. Demps had 179 yards rushing for Cypress Lake.

"We had a lot of new experiences and situations that we haven't been in before," Nichols said. "We're a young football team mixed with a few players with a little more experience."

Thursday's game didn't count, but it still held significance for Baker football. It was the first time anyone other than Brian Conn coached the team. Conn, who had been Baker's coach since the football program's inception, took the coaching job at South Fort Myers following the 2016 season.

Now there's work to do before the Bulldogs take the field Aug. 15 against Lakewood Ranch.

"There are situations like third down, jumping offsides," Nichols said. "Third and short, having to make a good throw or to make the right block. So there's a lot we can learn from this. The biggest thing we can take away from this is not to get in the way of ourselves. Executing when we need to execute."

The new era of Bulldogs football certainly got off to a quick start. Baker was guilty of a penalty on the first play from scrimmage, but on the the second, Dominic Febles raced 75 yards for a touchdown. Febles carried eight times for 106 yards in the first half. He finished the night with 138 yards on 10 attempts.

Baker's Maximus Rodriguez recovered a Cypress Lake fumble on the Panthers' 24 later in the first quarter. Febles fumbled on the 8 to end the threat.

Shortly thereafter, Luke Driscoll put two points on the board for Baker with a tackle for a safety. Things bogged down for Baker following the safety.

In a punting duel, Cypress Lake got the better of the field position. Eventually, Demps got Cypress on the board with seven minutes left in the first half on a 32-yard run.

The Bulldogs took an 8-7 lead into the locker room at halftime. Cypress dominated after intermission.

Justin Dedonato hit Addison for a 35-yard touchdown late in the third quarter to give Cypress its first lead of the night.

Demps scored from the wildcat formation, taking a direct snap from five yards out in the fourth. C.J. Shedd threw a 14-yard TD pass to Addison to close out the scoring.

"Not to take anything away from Cypress," Nichols said. "They have some good players. They're a little ahead of us right now."

Both sides struggled with mistakes. Cypress Lake gave away three fumbles, while Baker made four turnovers (two interceptions, two fumbles). The Bulldogs had 115 yards in penalties, and the Panthers were flagged for 110 yards.

"We've got two months here, and we're going to do what we need to do to build on us," Nichols said. "That's the biggest change we can make - in ourselves."

Cypress Lake 0 7 7 14 - 28

Ida Baker 8 0 0 0 - 8

IB - Febles 75 run (kick failed)

IB - Driscoll tackle for safety

CL - Demps 32 run (Dedonato kick)

CL - Addison 35 pass from Dedonato (Dedonato kick)

CL - Demps 5 run (Dedonato kick)

CL - Addison 14 pass from Shedd (Dedonato kick)

Bishop Verot 31, St. John Neumann 14: The Vikings got two Korey Besse to Joshua Schwartz touchdown passes, along with two Joslyn Mira TD runs, to pick up the victory against the Celtics.

Bishop Verot led early 14-0, but allowed Neumann to come within 17-14 before pulling away.

Logan McLeod added a 41-yard field goal for the Vikings.


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