“One of the best matchups of the season so far turned out to be not much of a matchup at all.”
That was Naples Daily News PrepZone host Alex Adeyanju describing Naples, Fla.’s 41-6 victory over Palmetto Ridge last Friday night in Week 2 of the Florida high school football season. (Newsflash: They’ll be in Week 3 when we start on Friday).
Apparently, Palmetto Ridge is a pretty good small school in the Florida HS football scene, but was given no chance of toppling mighty Naples. Of course, Palmetto took the David vs. Goliath approach, evoking a recent and well-known upset to get them believing.
It didn’t work.
“They just came out talking about Appalachian State and stuff, and we just came out and showed them its not that way all the time,” said Antwain Harvey, who intercepted three passes as the Golden Eagles’ defense held poor Palmetto Ridge to just 150 total yards in this destruction.
Harvey and Adeyanju say all of this on the Naples Daily News’ incredible online feature “FanZone,” which has all the other comments and commentary, not to mention video highlights of Naples in action at this link: Naples News: Fanzone Week 2
Yeah, it’s just crazy down there.
Naples took a three touchdown lead and then added two more (one off a blocked punt) with under five minutes left, eliciting some heated words from Palmetto coach Tim Speakman to Bill Kramer and the rest of the Naples coaching staff.
Here are the words, not to mention plenty of commentary, to go with the carnage: Naples runs away from Palmetto Ridge, 41-6
EDIT: Found this a little later in the evening, the NBC2-Florida TV station down there: NBC2 Gridiron Video – Week 2
Anyway, Naples is 2-0 and looking like a powerhouse.