It was a perfect September night in South Florida for a history-rich 4A rivalry between the Immokalee Indians and the Gulf Coast Sharks. Neither team is a stranger to success as they have both produced state championships and sent numerous players to play both Division I football and the NFL. Gulf Coast may have been having a little bit of a down year this season but that didn’t change the intensity of this rivalry between the two schools and, with college recruiters in the stands, these players wanted to make an impression.
HALL OF FAME
Immokalee came out strong from the first snap and scored twice in the first four minutes of the game, one score coming off a punt that was returned for a touchdown to make the score 14-0 with 8:47 to go in the 1st quarter. It was much of the same for the Indians in the 2nd quarter as quarterback Tshumbi Johnson ran in a touchdown of his own to increase the Immokalee lead to 21-0 followed quickly by another touchdown from RB D’Ernst Johnson to bring the Immokalee lead to 28-0. Late in the 2nd quarter Gulf Coast finally caught a few breaks with a safety and a touchdown of their own to close the gap to 28-9 just before the half. Immokalee came out with even more intensity in the second half. The Indians defense was stellar in the 3rd and 4th quarters as they didn’t allow another score from the Sharks for the remainder of the game. Wide Receiver Xavier Richardson added another Immokalee touchdown in the 3rd quarter to extend the Indians lead to 35-9. The Immokalee Indians were too much for the Gulf Coast Sharks to handle down the stretch and they added one more touchdown late in the 4th quarter to seal the victory 42-9. The team, coaches and fans were all thrilled to take the win from their cross county rival and the victory was even a little more sweet as it was senior night at Immokalee.
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