Monday, February 6, 2023

Lely Kicks Game Winner vs. North Fort Myers

Trojans celebrate the defeat of the Red Knights. Photos by Kyle Barry

Lely ends their spring game in spectacular fashion as placekicker John Liberal strikes in the game winning field goal as time expires to defeat North Fort Myers 24-21 at Lely High School Friday night.

The Trojans opened up their scoring account on their first drive of the game as quarterback Jonis Dieudonne scampers in from 10-yards out to give Lely the early lead in the first quarter.

Despite starting out the game with five consecutive incompletions, Dieudonne fired in his first pass for a 30-yard touchdown to wide receiver Chevy Octa to increase their lead to 14-3 middle of the second quarter.

The Red Knights, led by standout running back Terry Lindsey Jr., responded to the Trojans’ early conquest as Lindsey broke out a 30-yard touchdown of his own to make the game 14-10.

Dieudonne on the next possession would find fellow teammate Octa again for a heaving 53-yard touchdown pass to retain their two touchdown lead to 21-10 late in the first half.

For the Red Knight’s opening drive of the second half, Lindsey breaks free for a long 35-yard run for a touchdown to be within two points. The Red Knights would complete the two point conversion thanks to a quarterback keeper from Johnathan Charles make it deadlock at 21 all.

Trojans’ kicker John Liberal sets up for the game winning field goal.

Late in the fourth quarter, with little time left in the ball game, Dieudonne throws up a prayer to wide receiver Nick Obsaint for a 35-yard completion to set up the potential field goal with five seconds left in the game. Placekicker John Liberal would eventually knock the ball in between the pipes from 21-yards out and unleashed a huge celebration for the Trojans as they became victorious 24-21.

The Trojans’ Dieudonne finished the game 8-14 for 132 yards and a pair of touchdowns with an interception, including a rushing touchdown with 31 yards on his own as well. Despite not scoring, running back Henderson Francois set the tone of the Trojans’ offensive performance as he piled up 146 yards rushing on the ground.

The Red Knight’s Lindsey’s final stats were 121 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Coming off of a disappointing 2-9 season, head coach Fritz Jacques and the Trojans showed their home crowd what this team could potentially be as they took down one of the best teams in Southwest Florida last year in North Fort Myers.

As for North Fort Myers, the Red Knights are still in a transition period where they have a whole new coaching staff and they’ve lost some players from last year’s team.

Each team will go into summer camp knowing that corrections will have to be made and find their strengths and weaknesses in order for either team to be successful in the 2018 fall season campaign.


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