Lely's Guerschom Gurrier runs in one of his three touchdowns during Friday night's 37-0 home win over Immokalee. SCOTT SHOOK/SPECIAL TO CSI
One team continues to slide and another seems to be putting the pieces together.
That was the case when longtime rivals Lely and Immokalee high schools clashed Friday night for Lely’s Senior Night.
When the dust settled, the host Trojans were a 37-0 victor.
For the third straight week, the Indians (0-5) failed to score a point — albeit against some pretty good defenses in Naples, Palmetto Ridge and Lely. Meanwhile, the Trojans (2-2) seemed to be clicking on all cylinders, putting up 28 points in the second quarter and enjoying a running clock with over eight minutes left in the third quarter.
“I tell ’em every week they’re the most athletic team every Friday, and they showed it tonight,” said a happy Lely coach JJ Everage. “I didn’t give this young man props last week, but Guerschom Guerrier, our sophomore running back, he runs as hard as anybody in the county.”
Guerrier scored three times and finished with 146 yards rushing.
On the Immokalee sideline, the mood was grim. Assistant coach Lamar Gallegos was delegated to speak with reporters.
“It’s always disappointing to lose,” Gallegos said. “We just want to keep improving each day. Get the kids learning what they need to do. When they learn, we learn. We love the fight that they have.”
Gallegos said the legacy of Immokalee’s past success isn’t affecting this year’s team or coaches.
“We had some great teams and some great players back then,” Gallegos said. “But that’s in the past right now. We’re worried about this team and moving forward. As coaches and players, that’s what we worry about. We understand, I was there, those were great players and great teams, great coaches. Right now is 2020 and we need to move forward.”
Immokalee went toe-to-toe with Lely in a scoreless first quarter. But in the second stanza, the dam broke and Lely seemed to score at will. Quarterback JJ Dervil fired three touchdown passes in the second quarter: a 3-yarder to senior Schneider Natan; a 10-yarder to Guerrier; and an 8-yarder to Division I prospect Sergio Morancy.
“Sergio finally came out and showed his D-1 capability tonight,” Everage gushed. “JJ Dervil is probably the best athlete on the field every Friday. They both have Division I offers.”
Guerrier punched in the final score of the first half on a 3-yard run to put the Trojans up 28-0.
It didn’t take Lely long to get to the running clock as Guerrier broke away on a beautiful 28-yard gallop early in the third quarter.
As the game wore on, Everage substituted liberally, but Lely managed to keep Immokalee out of the end zone.
The Trojans’ final two points came on a safety after the Indians mishandled a snap.
Immokalee will host Barron Collier (3-1) this Friday night. Lely, meanwhile, will welcome Naples (4-1) for the 47th annual Coconut Bowl, the county’s oldest rivalry.
“Next week’s a big one,” Everage said. “Naples has really got things going over there. I just hope our kids show up and play like they’re capable of. Like we did tonight.”