Prep football: Braden River handles South Fort Myers in 7A playoffs

  South Fort Myers entered its first home playoff high school football game under head coach Brian Conn with the rare circumstance of facing a district runner-up that was the fifth-ranked team in 7A, Bradenton’s Braden River. In fact, Conn’s unranked Wolfpack — playing at home as a No. 4 seed because they were a district champion — did most of the things a team is usually supposed to do to win a game: have more time of possession, don’t turn the ball over, and force turnovers. As it turns out, though, the Pirates didn’t need much time of possession or to win the turnover battle. They relied on on a bevy of playmakers Friday night, beating South Fort Myers 41-13 in the regional quarterfinal at Wolfpack Stadium. More coverage of high school football: Live scoreboard, chat recap for Week 1 playoff games   “Where we were in the beginning up to now, I don’t think I’ve ever coached a team that’s improved this much,” Conn said. “Each week we got better and tonight we played a very good team. We just didn’t make as many plays as they did. It wasn’t a lack of effort or attitude. It was execution when it came down to it.” Braden River forced a South Fort Myers punt on its opening drive, and senior defensive back Tyrone Collins returned it 75 yards for the score. On Braden River’s next possession, senior Deshaun Fenwick took his first carry of the game 76 yards on the Pirates’… [Read full story]

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