Naples Palmetto Ridge 2021

Posted On: 04/4/21 7:39 AM

It was simply put – the best year in school history.

In a season where the pandemic pretty much dictated the way things would be, Naples Palmetto Ridge and head coach Chris Toukonen defied the odds and finished 9-1.

You could tell from the beginning of the season that the Bears weren’t just going to buzz around without some noise.

If beating longtime area powerhouse Naples in the opener, 38-0, which was the worst loss the Golden Eagles have suffered in decades, wasn’t a head-turner, maybe the stretch of three more games against Naples Lely (16-0), Immokalee (63-0) and Naples Golden Gate (31-0) were. Running their scoreless streak to 24 quarters, this defense had now started to wake people up across the state.

With wins over Naples Barron Collier (58-13), Fort Myers Bishop Verot (28-24) in a tight game and Port Charlotte (34-13), the Bears headed into the playoffs with plenty of optimism as they beat Punta Gorda Charlotte (28-7), but watched their magical season come to an end the following week against Fort Myers Dunbar (12-9).


As many are believing that this was a one-year deal – like many programs that have a solid run and then do

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