Quarterback Carter Smith Helps Vikings Win Easily in Game Between Southwest Florida’s Top Teams
In Florida, in a place called Fort Myers, something exciting happened at the start of the 2023 high school football season. Bishop Verot’s team showed that they’re really good and might be the best in Southwest Florida. They’re also aiming to win the state championship.
Last year, they did really well by becoming regional champions. This year, they continued where they left off in 2022. On Thursday, they played against Port Charlotte and surprisingly won easily, 56-21.
In the second part of the game, when the score was 14-14, Bishop Verot’s team scored five touchdowns one after the other in less than 16 minutes. This amazing streak made the score 49-14 with about 3 minutes and 40 seconds left in the third part of the game. Because they were ahead by so much, they started using a “running clock,” which means the game goes faster.
Smith Might Set More Records This Year
Carter Smith, the Vikings’ tall junior quarterback at 6-foot-4, did an amazing job. He threw the football really well and got 336 yards in the air. He also made five touchdowns in just two-and-a-half parts of the game. In the beginning of the game, he threw the ball for 160 yards and two touchdowns in only six minutes. Then, in the second part of the game, he completed 14 out of 18 throws and got 258 more yards. After playing the first two times the team had the ball in the second half, he rested as the clock kept going.
Carter Smith, the junior quarterback for Bishop Verot, was really fantastic in the first game of the season. He threw the ball for 336 yards and made five touchdowns, all in less than three parts of the game. The Vikings won by a lot, 56-21.
During his two years at Bishop Verot, Smith has done really well and set new records for the school and for Lee County. Even before this game, he had already thrown for 5,129 yards and made 44 touchdowns, plus 25 times he ran for a touchdown.
The Vikings have many good players that Smith can pass to. In this game, he threw the ball for five touchdowns to four different players. One of them, Matthew Turner, caught two of the touchdowns. There’s also Timmy Lawson, a tall tight end at 6-foot-5, who is going to play for North Carolina. He didn’t catch a touchdown in this game, but he’s really good too.
The Vikings from Bishop Verot might have found what they were missing.
Last season, the Vikings scored a lot of points and did well with a 10-3 record. They even made it to the semifinals in Class 2S. But their defense wasn’t as strong, and they let the other teams score about 25 points in each game.
But now, in this new season, Bishop Verot’s defense seemed much better. In the game against Port Charlotte, the starting players only let the other team score two touchdowns. And both of those happened because Bishop Verot lost the ball.
A new player, Leroy Rocker, who came from Canterbury, did really well in his first game with Bishop Verot. He played on defense and caught the ball twice to stop the other team. He also caught the ball on offense, and even though it was a short throw, he ran really fast and made a 70-yard touchdown.
It’s important for us to show what we can do.” He was proud of how well the defense played.
Port Charlotte had a tough start.
The Pirates had a different plan for the beginning of the season, but things didn’t go the way they wanted.
Last year, they played a really exciting game against Bishop Verot and both teams scored a lot. They wanted to do well this year too, especially since they had many good players back from last year.
But in this game, the Pirates made some mistakes that hurt them. They lost the ball four times, and that made it hard for them to play smoothly. This happened just a week after they won against Dunbar, a team that did really well last season. They beat them 33-14 in a practice game before the real season started.
Against Bishop Verot, Port Charlotte’s players managed to run for 246 yards, and one of their players Edd Guerrier got 114 of those yards. Last year, he ran for 200 yards against the same team. Port Charlotte’s new starting quarterback, Eli Manley, who came from Venice, threw the ball 9 times and completed 4 of them for 61 yards. He hurt his hand in the first part of the game, so he didn’t play for a bit, but then he came back with his hand taped. Later, when the game started to move faster, he didn’t play again.