Countryside 14 Lely 9
Romanthi Mathurin
Posted May 29, 2009

The rubber match in a three game set of Spring Games between Naples Lely and Clearwater Countryside was played on Thursday night and like the first two, this one was close and came down to the 4th quarter. Countryside's defense came up with a big play and held on for a 14-9 win.

The game opened with Lely's Mike Snyder sacking QB Jimbo Chmelik for a 15 yard loss. Then S/LB Ben Jean had the game's biggest hit. He came up and just drilled Alton Taylor and Lely looked ready to go.

After that stop, Sean O'Regan lofted a ball down the sideline where Romanthi Mathurin made a beautiful, athletic catch and back stepped into the endzone to give Lely a 6-0 lead(kick failed).

Countryside answered with a drive of their own that culminated in Chmelik rolling left and hitting Jake Perdergist for a TD. After the extra point, they led 7-6.

Both teams moved the ball, but once inside the opponents territory, the defenses stepped up with either a big sack or a turnover. At the half, it remained 7-6.

A fast moving third quarter saw no more scoring and it was not until early in the 4th that Lely kicked a FG to take the lead 9-7. Chmelik answered by driving to the 42 where Todd Shorter got behind the Lely defense and scored on a nice ball down the sideline. 14-9 Countryside.

Lely's star running back Darion Hall sat out most of the first half, but delivered in the second with 99 yards on 13 carries. He is up to 207 pounds and that size showed on several carries where he gained 2-3-4-5 yards after contact. On Lely's final drive, Hall had 4 carries for 50 yards and had gotten them down to the Countryside 29 with under four minutes to go. Back-up RB Frankie Pugh, who was having a solid night, then was stuffed at the line of scrimmage and fumbled. Countryside iced the game with two first downs including a critical 3rd and 10 from inside their own territory.

Game Notes

Countryside's Alton Taylor rushed for 171 yards

Countryside had 349 total yards to Lely's 219.

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