By Chuck Ballaro, Sun Correspondent
SOUTH FORT MYERS – The depth of the Port Charlotte’s backfield and its offensive line were too much for South Fort Myers on Friday night.
Sophomore Bo Guy ran for 147 yards and Octavious Cummings added another 117 as the Pirates wore down the Wolfpack for a 32-6 victory.
Port Charlotte churned out more than 530 yards of total offense, while an injury-plagued defense overcame a spotty performance in the opener to keep the Wolfpack out of the end zone, allowing just two field goals.
“Our kids are in shape and they work 11 months out of the year for these moments. We were thankful for the opportunity to play tonight and they played hard,” Port Charlotte coach Jordan Ingman said. “We’re a blue-collar football team. We lift weights and take pride in being in shape. We made mistakes, but we played hard.”
Guy, along with Cummings, Shamar Harvey and others, were able to grind out prime real estate against the Wolfpack’s defense. Eight different Pirates ran the ball, and the fresh legs of Port Charlotte wore down their opponents.
Like Ingman, Guy said it starts in the weight room.
“The line just did an amazing job blocking and I got a chance to show what I have,” Guy said. “We take care of ourselves, we eat right, play right and do what we need to do to win ballgames.
Port Charlotte (2-0) established its dominance on the interior on the game’s first drive, a 12-play, 80-yard march that lasted more than five minutes and ended with a Cummings three-yard scoring run to make it 7-0.
After a three-and-out, Port Charlotte went on a 10-play drive that ended on a Derek McCormick 35-yard field goal that made it 10-0.
After Tattum Logsdon got the Wolfpack on the board with a 37-yard field goal, Port Charlotte responded when Bo Guy took the ball off tackle and won the race to the pylon on a 36-yard scoring run to make it 17-3. The Pirates nearly added to the lead, but McCormick missed a 41-yard field goal at the close of the first half.
South Fort Myers (0-2) moved the ball much better in the second half as it got quarterback Tyler Lackey throwing. Port Charlotte’s defense stiffened as the Wolfpack got close, forcing them to settle for another Logsdon field goal.
“We’re dealing with a lot of injuries and we have sophomores starting. Those kids went out there and performed well in a varsity setting,” Ingman said, singling out Shemar Flerissant for praise.
Meanwhile, quarterback Paul Barnes got his throwing arm going with much more success, finding T.J. Luther twice on long touchdowns to blow the game wide open. Devin Hunter and Solomon Luther also pulled down interceptions for the Pirates.
Barnes threw for 109 yards and two touchdowns for Port Charlotte. Lacker was 12 for 24 for 132 yards and two interceptions for the Wolfpack. Jeshaun Jones led the Wolfpack with 43 yards rushing on eight carries.
PORT CHARLOTTE 32, SOUTH FORT MYERS 6
Port Charlotte 10 7 7 8 – 32
South Fort Myers 0 3 3 0 – 6
PC – Octavious Cummings 3 run (Derek McCormick kick), 6:47.
PC – McCormick 35 field goal, 1:55.
SFM – Tattum Logsdon 37 field goal, 6:05.
PC – Bo Guy 36 run (McCormick kick), 3:10.
PC – T.J. Luther 66 pass from Paul Barnes (McCormick kick), 9:21.
SFM – Logsdon 33 field goal, 6:02.
PC – Luther 37 pass from Barnes (Barnes run), 11:00.
First Downs 19 9
Rushes-Yards 55-430 24-59
Passing Yards 109 132
C-A-I 3-5-0 12-24-2
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 7-80 6-40
Rushing: Port Charlotte: Bo Guy 11-147, Octavious Cummings 13-117, Shamar Harvey 11-58, Anthony Ferrentino 5-32, Shawn Campbell 5-30, Paul Barnes 6-23, Davon Keyes 2-17, T.J. Luther 2-6. South Fort Myers: Jeshaun Jones 8-43, Freddie Ward 12-35, Jaivon Thomas 1-(-2), Kam Crawford 1-(-2), Tyler Lackey 1-(-15).
Passing: Port Charlotte: Paul Barnes 3-5-109, South Fort Myers: Tyler Lackey 12-24-132.
Receiving: Port Charlotte: T.J. Luther 3-109. South Fort Myers: Austin Smith 5-64, Jeshaun Jones 4-42, Shyheem Taylor 1-13, Darfnell Gouin 1-7, Kam Crawford 1-3.