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Baker claims 'city championship' with win over Cape
November 2, 2019

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"That was for the city championship," Ida Baker coach Chuck Faucette said.

The Bulldogs defeated Cape Coral, 28-13, on Friday, ending Baker's season with wins over the other three Cape schools -- the Seahawks, Mariner and Island Coast.

On top of that, the Bulldogs finished the season 5-5, which might not seem all that impressive until you realize that the seniors who were finishing their fourth year on the team had won only five games over the first three years.

Mixed in with all the Senior Night announcements: This senior is accompanied by ... and participated in ... and plans to .. was this from a senior football player: "Thank you to the coaches for giving hope to Ida Baker football."

"Ending this game for the seniors, who had worked so hard and had been so distraught the last few years, to end like we did -- with them getting a win, was big for us," Faucette said.

Faucette, who in his first year wasn't willing to accept that winning three or four games was a big deal despite all those who kept telling him that, was pleased with the final results on Friday.

"We wanted to win the city championship, and that's what we wanted since day one," Faucette said. "There were goals that we laid out at the beginning of the year, and that was one of them."

On the other sideline, the Seahawks were finishing a 1-9 season -- the same record Baker had posted in both 2017 and 2018.

Coach Dale More found reason for optimism, knowing both that he had put an inexperienced team on the field this year and that his team came out despite a long year and put in a hard fight against their south Cape Coral rivals.

"They fought all year, and I'm truly proud of our young kids," More said. "And the older players. You're playing that many 10th graders, it was a good growth experience for them, and great leadership from our seniors to lead our young kids."

There was fight in the Seahawks.

Down 21-0 late in the second quarter, Cape drove down the field to score on Adrian Medacco's run with only 4.5 seconds left. Then, less than two minutes into the second half, Nick Montiero picked off an Eric Swanson pass and returned it 30 yards for a TD.

It wouldn't be enough, but it did make things interesting.

Vitco Mieses ran for two Ida Baker touchdowns on runs of 24 and 15 yards to open the scoring. Mieses' second TD was set up by a 70-yard run by Swanson.

Swanson, meanwhile, connected with tight end Kay Brennan on a 57-yard touchdown, and ran 29 yards for another score.

Swanson's run was the final score of the game.

What proved costly for Cape Coral in the end was a missed opportunity early.

Devin Frink turned a catch and run into a 47-yard gain and a first-and-goal on the Bulldogs 7 late in the first quarter. However, the Ida Baker defense rose to the occasion, and stopped the Seahawks on downs at the 2 as the second period began.

"That hurt, that hurt bad," More said. "It was fourth down, and I thought it was third down and it ended up being fourth. I got some bad information. Heck, it's on the 1-yard line. You've got to try that."

The heat of competition, and the rivalry between the two schools, started to get out of hand as the second half became a backyard brawl. Swanson and Cape defensive back Theodore Jordan were ejected after one heated play that had multiple yellow flags flying. That wasn't enough to settle the teams down, so the officials stopped the game and had the coaches call their players together to try to cool the fires.

The coaches did not send their teams out to shake hands after the game, but kept them apart. Ida Baker went over to its band for the alma mater, while Cape herded the Seahawks off the field and into the locker room.

"A little sloppy, a little emotional, but I'm proud of the way we played," Faucette said.

CAPE CORAL0 7 6 0 -- 13

IDA BAKER7 14 7 0 -- 28

1st quarter

IB - Vitor Mieses, 24-yard run. Joseph Napoli kick.

2nd quarter

IB - Mieses, 15-yard run. Napoli kick.

IB - Kay Brennan, 57-yard pass from Eric Swanson. Napoli kick.

CC - Adrian Medacco, 12-yard run. Killian Fernandez kick.

3rd quarter

CC - Nick Montiero, 30-yard interception return. Conversion failed.

IB - Swanson 29 run. Napoli kick.

Other games:

Mariner 28, Bonita Springs 23: The Tritons won for the third time in a row to finish the season 4-6. Cade Reynolds scored three Mariner touchdowns on runs of 55, 30 and 9 yards. Quarterback Dylan Silverman added a 1-yard score to provide the winning margin.

Charlotte 37, Island Coast 0: It was an unpleasant end to the Gators' season, traveling up to Punta Gorda to face the Tarpons (7-3). Island Coast tinished the year 3-7.

Clearwater Calvary Christian 38, Oasis 14: The Sharks won't be making their first playoff spot this season after taking a loss up in Clearwater. Oasis' real loss came about 10 days earlier when the school realized it had used an ineligible player in three games, turning what was then a 7-1 record to 4-4. The Sharks rolled last week, but wound up officially 5-5 with Friday's defeat.

State golf

Boys 1A: Bishop Verot was in 13th place as a team after Friday's first round. Individually, Kevin Kelly was tied for 22nd with a round of 79 and Dalton Payne was tied for 30th after carding an 80. The second and final round will be Saturday at Mission Inn Resort and Club.

Girls 1A: The Vikings were 15th after the first round. Sara Matkowski paced Bishop Verot, tying for 39th with an 80, and Gabby Vetter was tied for 43rd with an 81. The tournament finishes Saturday at Mission Inn Resort and Club.

Region cross country

3A-3 girls: Cape Coral will make its third consecutive trip the the state cross country meet with a fifth-place finish in Friday's regional. The regional was dominated by Southwest Florida teams, with Fort Myers, Naples, Estero and Cape Coral taking four of the top five team spots. Ida Baker finished 10th and North Fort Myers 19th in the 20-team field. Jenny Jacoby was ninth to lead Cape in a time of 20:33.38. Natalee Jones was 24th, Taylar Sherman 26th, Lucy Castro-Waters 29th and Allyson Anderson 54th. Ida Baker's Melissa Winckler finished 31st, with Dashnie Dervil 52nd and Alyssa Roh 58th. The state Class 3A meet will be Nov. 9 in Tallahassee.

3A-3: Franklin Caceres's third-place individual finiish (16:53.63) led Ida Baker to a third-place team finish and a trip to state. Brendan Faulkner was 19th and Declan Ziomek 21st. Also, Ryan Kinney was 41st and Jacob Fritz 42nd. Joshua Varner of North Fort Myers was 65th out of 139 runners. Fort Myers and Naples finished 1-2.

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