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Mariner blanks Baker 41-0
October 6, 2018

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By PETE SISK

The big star wasn't in the spotlight all that much for Mariner on Friday.

That was no problem.

All the Tritons did was to roll to a 41-0 victory at Ida Baker in what coach Travis Smith labeled "a huge team effort."

With Rashawn Hunter a little dinged up, Mariner eased his workload against the Bulldogs.

"It's been a team effort all year long," Smith said. "It's been awesome having Rashawn be the superstar that he is, but he'll tell you just like I will that this was a huge team effort. The team came together and played awesome.

"The kids just came together tonight. It was great."

Dylan Hinz spent most of the night at quarterback, throwing for one touchdown and running for another. He also starred on defense, intercepting two passes and running one back 55 yards for a Tritons touchdown.

Cade Reynolds scored two touchdowns on runs of 11 and 96 yards for the Tritons (4-2). Reynolds finished the night with 219 yards on 18 attempts, pushing him over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. "That kid, he's got a motor and it just doesn't stop," Smith said of Reynolds. "He's a sleeper out here. I'm surprised not a whole lot of people have taken notice. He is the real deal."

In six games, Reynolds has 99 carries for 1,018 yards rushing.

Hunter wasn't entirely idle. He raced 66 yards on Mariner's opening possession for the night's first score.

Hinz took over at quarterback from Hunter after the first series.

"We challenged them this week to fix some of the things we had problems with last week, and they did a great job," Smith said.

Down 21-0, Baker had a solid drive to open the second half, but wound up turning the ball over on downs on the Mariner 20. The Tritons then went 80 yards on a drive capped by Hinz's 19-yard pass to Erickson Noel.

"Came out and got the ball inside the red zone, and then can't do anything with it," Ida Baker coach Todd Nichols said.

Later in the third quarter, Eric Swanson hit Nick Carter on a 76-yard pass, but the Bulldogs failed to score. Bad snaps - there were seven on the night - thwarted the drive.

"It's been something that's haunted us all season," Nichols said. "We get better at it, and next thing you know we have a lapse.

"The problem is, it's at critical moments."

Hinz also scored on a 2-yard touchdown run.

Now comes the big stretch drive for the Tritons.

There are three consecutive District 5A-12 games, starting with 0-6 Lely next Friday, before the traditional season finale against Cape Coral. Between Lely and Cape are rugged road games against 5A-12 foes Dunbar and Immokalee.

"We've got to take care of Lely next week," Smith said. "They're a tough team. They're athletic, and it's going to test us physically too."

Ida Baker (1-6) is home again next Friday against Port Charlotte in a District 6A-10 contest. Both the Bulldogs and Pirates are 0-2 in the district.

Baker then travels to North Fort Myers, then finishes the year at home with archrival Island Coast. Both teams are District 6A-10 opponents.

MARINER 14 7 13 7 - 41

IDA BAKER 0 0 0 0 - 0

First quarter

M - Rashawn Hunter 66-yard run (Owen Osgood kick) 10:14.

M - Cade Reynolds 11-yard run (Osgood kick) 4:31.

Second quarter

M - Reynolds 96-yard run (Osgood kick) 4:46.

Third quarter

M - Erickson Noel 19-yard pass from Dylan Hinz (Osgood kick) 6:40.

M - Hinz 2-yard run (kick failed) 2:25.

Fourth quarter

M - Hinz 55-yard interception return (Andrew Georges kick) 5:00.

In other games:

Lehigh 26, Cape Coral 21: Lehigh (4-1) rallied in the fourth quarter to hand the Seahawks their first loss of the season. Cape Coral (5-1) led 21-14 going into the final period of the non-district contest. Parker O'Dell passed 73 yards to Jaydin Feliz and 13 yards to Jeron Newson, and also had a 14-yard touchdown run. D'Mateo Collins passed 8 yards to Delshawn Green for Lehigh's winning touchdown, their third touchdown connection of the night. Cape Coral will look to rebound with a District 6A-10 home game against Island Coast next Friday.

North Fort Myers 34, Dunbar 13: Jesse Charles and Clayton Savinsky got together on two long touchdown passes of 45 and 92 yards as the Red Knights (4-2) rolled past Dunbar (2-4) in a non-district contest. Charles also had a 24-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Pilgrim. Chris Lucas ran 5 yards for a North touchdown and Hunter Kobylanski had a 10-yard touchdown run. North has a District 6A-10 showdown at Charlotte next Friday.

Riverdale 40, Island Coast 18: The Gators (0-6) hung with 7-0 Riverdale 14-10 at halftime, but a 20-0 third quarter carried the Raiders to victory in a non-district matchup. Island Coast took an early lead on Jason Joseph's 55-yard run. Trey Irick had a 10-yard run, Carlos Marvez hit a 27-yard field goal, and the Island Coast defense scored a safety.

Bishop Verot 33, Cypress Lake 20: Brandon Peck ran for two touchdowns, Joslyn Mira scored on a 16-yard run, Derrick Erickson ran an interception back 45 yards and Logan McLeod hit field goals of 49 and 31 yards as Bishop Verot (6-1) won a backyard brawl with Cypress Lake (3-3). The Vikings are home next week against Plantation American Heritage.

Community School of Naples 51, Oasis 48: The Sharks (5-2) came up short in a wild shootout at Community School of Naples (3-3). CSN scored the winning touchdown on a 59-yard pass with 44 seconds to play. Oasis held a 48-36 lead, but surrendered two touchdowns in the final 1:01. The Sharks will seek to rebound next Friday at Moore Haven.

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