Prep Football: Naples, Fort Myers meet for Round 3 in new playoff rivalry

  The area’s oldest high school football teams are adding a new wrinkle to their renewed rivalry. When Fort Myers High visits Naples High in Friday’s Class 6A regional final, it will be the third straight postseason the tradition-rich programs have played each other. But this year is bigger. The past two seasons Naples and Fort Myers have met in the regional semifinals. This year the matchup is one round later in the state tournament with a regional championship and berth in the state final four on the line.   Plus this year the playoff falls on a holiday weekend. It’s the day after Thanksgiving – Black Friday. With alumni from both schools back home for the long weekend, and the possibility of out-of-town visitors curious about the biggest game in town, Naples’ always-electric Staver Field could be even more explosive. “We’re really, really grateful for the chance to play the Friday after Thanksgiving at home,” Golden Eagles coach Bill Kramer said. “It’s a special thing. And it’s cool that it’s Fort Myers.” The Golden Eagles-Green Wave matchup became a real rivalry last season, when Fort Myers came to Naples and won 28-7. The Eagles turned the ball over five times in the first half and trailed 21-0 at halftime. The loss was rare on two levels. Naples was 27-5 at home in the playoffs under Kramer. Also, Fort Myers became just the second Southwest Florida team to ever knock off Naples in the postseason (South Fort Myers was the… [Read full story]

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