By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports
(Check Wednesday’s edition of The Sun for a story from this game)
IN A NUTSHELL: After a slow first quarter where Port Charlotte led 7-0, the Pirates pounced on Cape Coral for four touchdowns in the second quarter to bring a 35-0 lead and a running clock into half time. Port Charlotte played a complete game on both sides of the ball. The offense had big play after big play, with two runs exceeding 20 yards, two others for more than 50 yards, and three passes for more than 30 yards. For the defense, they forced six fumbles, with three turnovers, six sacks and another seven tackles for a loss.
DID YOU SEE THAT: Devin Leacock drove a Cape Coral lineman into the punter on one play, blocking the punt, which was scooped up by Shawn Campbell and returned for 32 yards to give Port Charlotte a 49-0 lead in the third quarter. In addition to the blocked punt, Leacock also had two sacks, a pass deflection and a QB hurry.
THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN: Ernest Harvey ran for a 72-yard touchdown with 7:14 left in the second quarter to give Port Charlotte a 21-0 lead. It was Harvey’s second score of the game, as he put the first points of the night on the scoreboard with a 50-yard reception from Paul Barnes.
UNSUNG HERO: William Furlow had himself another great game. The Port Charlotte defensive back grabbed his second interception of the season, while also adding a pass deflection and a forced fumble, which canceled a 30-yard gain from Cape Coral’s Cam Blissett.
THEY SAID IT: “I was pleased after the first quarter. I thought we came out a little sluggish, but we got it going there towards the end of the first. We finally snapped it in, and the kids played hard from that point forward. Defensively, the kids played hard the whole night.” — Port Charlotte Jordan Ingman.
PORT CHARLOTTE 56, CAPE CORAL 0
Cape Coral 0 0 0 0 — 0
Port Charlotte 7 28 14 7 — 56
PC – Ernest Harvey 50 pass from Paul Barnes (Devyn McCormick kick), 8:47
PC – Marc Jean-Louis 30 pass from Barnes (McCormick kick), 11:53
PC – Harvey 72 run (McCormick kick), 7:14
PC – TJ Luther 12 pass from Barnes (McCormick kick), 5:44
PC – Jean-Louis 58 run (McCormick kick), 3:13
PC – Barnes 8 run (McCormick kick), 7:53
PC – Shawn Campbell 32 blocked punt return (McCormick kick), 1:35
PC – Jason Francis 2 run (McCormick kick), 4:57
First Downs 9 12
Rushes/yds 29-46 25-246
Passing yds 157 178
C-A-I 10-19-1 6-7-0
Fumbles/lost 6-2 1-0
Penalties/yds 6-55 9-83
Rushing: Cape Coral: Isaac Washington 19-52, Chase Sealander 6-(-2), Ricky Anderson 1-(-2), Dwayne Emilus 3-(-2); Port Charlotte: Marc Jean-Louis 3-89, Ernest Harvey 5-81, Davon Keyes 4-28, Alex Muse 2-22, Paul Barnes 3-11, Shawn Campbell 3-10, Matt McGee 2-8, TJ Luther 1-5, Jason Francis 1-2.
Passing: Cape Coral: Sealander 10-19-157-0; Port Charlotte: Barnes 6-7-178-3.
Receiving: Cape Coral: Cam Blissett 3-64, Terrel Bass 1-35, DJ Lewis 2-26, Washington 2-12, Jaylin Feliz 1-11, Ethan Fruitt 1-9; Port Charlotte: Harvey 3-121, Marc Jean-Louis 2-45, TJ Luther 1-12.