FOOTBALL: Port Charlotte beats North Fort Myers in comeback fashion

By Chuck Ballaro, Sun correspondent

Port Charlotte's Ernest Harvey looks for space around North Fort Myers Fa'najae Gotay during Friday's game (Sun photo by Katherine Godina)

Port Charlotte’s Ernest Harvey looks for space around North Fort Myers Fa’najae Gotay during Friday’s game (Sun photo by Katherine Godina)

IN A NUTSHELL: Ernest Harvey scored on a 45-yard touchdown run with 1:21 remaining, capping a 10-point, fourth quarter comeback on a night where the Pirates scored twice on kickoff returns.

DID YOU SEE THAT: Brandon King’s 61-yard catch and run in which he zig-zagged through numerous Pirate defenders almost ripped the hearts out of the many Port Charlotte fans who came and stayed through the lightning delays.

THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN: Tyreece Luther intercepted Ben Pogue on a fourth-down pass near the goal line. At that point it looked like the last team to have the ball would win.

UNSUNG HERO: Port Charlotte running back Shawn Campbell rushed for 51 yards and gave the Pirates a fresh set of legs in the second half that dug out huge chunks of real estate against a tiring North defense.

THEY SAID IT: “This is an incredible group of young men, from the starting 11 to the back 11. This is a great team that I have an opportunity to coach.” Port Charlotte head coach Jordan Ingman.


Port Charlotte       0 10 14 14 – 38
North Fort Myers   0 21 0 13 – 34

Second quarter
NFM – Zaquandre White 80 yard punt return (kick fail) 10:03.
PC – Tyreece Luther 60 kickoff return (Devyn McCormick kick) 9:47.
NFM – White 5 run (Ben Pogue run) 8:16.
NFM – Garrett Morgan 13 pass from Pogue (Ethan Bennett kick) 4:51.
PC – McCormick 46 field goal :44.

Third quarter
PC – Shawn Campbell 8 run (McCormick kick) 7:36.
PC – Paul Barnes 1 run (McCormick kick) 1:28.

Fourth quarter
NFM – Fanajae Gotay 35 run (kick fail) 10:34.
NFM – Pogue 5 run (Bennett kick) 5:15.
PC – Ernest Harvey 80 yard kickoff return (McCormick kick) 5:00.
PC – Harvey 45 run (McCormack kick) 1:21.

    PC           NFM
First downs          15             13
Rushes-yards      57-221     39-292
Passing yards        21           149
C-A-I                    3-4-0       11-21-1
Fumbles-lost          2-1           1-1
Penalties/yards     8-80          9-75


Individual stats:
Rushing: Port Charlotte: Earnest Harvey 14-90, Davon Keyes 12-68, Shawn Williams 10-51, Marc Jean Louis 4-14, Paul Barnes 16-3, Tyreece Luther 1-(-5). North Fort Myers: Zaquandre White 24-147, Fanajae Gotay 9-138, Hunter Kobylansky 2-3, Ben Pogue 3-2.

Passing: Port Charlotte: Paul Barnes 3-4, 21 yards. North Fort Myers: Ben Pogue 11-21, 149 yds. 1 TD, 1 Int.

Receiving: Port Charlotte: Davon Keyes 1-4, Ernest Harvey 2-17. North Fort Myers: Brandon King 1-61, Louis Alfonso 5-43, Garrett Morgan 5-31, Errick Harris 1-14.

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