In a game that lived up to expectations, host Gulf Coast was able to outlast Lely by 33-29 Friday night, in a game featuring frequent downpours, big hits, long runs, six touchdown passes and a handful of turnovers.
The teams figured to be well-matched, and the results surely bear that out. The teams took turns scoring six times before Gulf Coast took the lead for good at 19-16 with 1:27 left in the third quarter. However, the fireworks—and downpours and turnovers—were far from over.
A Lely fumble put Gulf Coast right back in business on the Lely 20-yard line. Gulf Coast struck immediately with a 13-yard Konner Barrett-to-Carson Vetor touchdown pass to put Gulf Coast up 26-16. It was the fourth time the Barrett-Vetor duo hooked up for touchdowns on the evening.
Lely, who was led offensively by quarterback JJ Dervil, running back Guerschom Guerrier and receiver Sergio Morancy, battled back.
Dervil and Guerrier employed unusually deceptive ball-handling to keep defenses off balance just long enough for one of them to dart off for a big gain. Morancy is a dangerous deep threat receiver.
Dervil and Morancy connected for 51 and 75-yard touchdown passes to keep things interesting until the end.
Dervil is dangerous with his sleight of hand work with Guerrier in the backfield, and is effective running and passing. He picked up 146 yards on the ground with his evasive moves and another 242 through the air. Morancy had four catches for 136 yards.
Guerrier didn’t score, but picked up tough yards with his punishing running style that has earned him the nickname Freight Train among his teammates.
Lely drops to 1-2 and hosts Immokalee on Friday, October 16. Immokalee, a traditional local power, is 0-4, and has been outscored 177-19 so far this season. Gulf Coast enjoys a bye week before traveling to Golden Gate on October 23.