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The fallout has grown since a Florida high school football team beat another to the tune of 91-0.

ESTERO, Fla. - The Estero High football staff gathered in head coach Rich Dombroski's office late Friday, almost in stunned silence.

Earlier that night, Estero lost to Naples High by 13.

Not by 13 points. By 13 touchdowns. That's right: Naples 91, Estero 0.

All-purpose back Greg Pratt helped Naples pile on the points.

The rout fallout has been growing since the game ended.

"Hey," offered Estero defensive line coach Pat Hayes after the one-sided affair, "I didn't even know 91 was a multiple of seven."

With that, the coaches all got a much-needed laugh.

A half-hour away in Naples, Eagles coach Bill Kramer—the man on the winning end—could use one of those.

He looked at the scoreboard late in the game, saw 91-0, and said he felt sick to his stomach. Kramer's team ran only 31 plays and he kept most of his best players on the sideline—for the entire game in some cases. But still Kramer knew what was coming.

Soon after the game ended, his inbox began filling with angry e-mails, some from Estero parents wondering why so many points were necessary, some from Naples parents wondering why their kids didn't play more in an effort to pad their stats.

"There's only one way to describe it," Kramer said. "Just bizarre."

The schools aren't far off in size: Estero has about 1,400 high schoolers, Naples roughly 1,700.

But the pedigree of the football programs couldn't be more different.

Estero is rebuilding from the lowest level, with Dombroski in his first year at the school and having inherited a program that had simply crumbled. Naples is the reigning state Class 3A champion, and a contender to win the title again. Naples has players committed to Division I schools like Ohio State already and a roster filled with talent at every position. Estero has no college prospects and only about 25 healthy or so players remaining on its roster.

"Some of us, most of us, well, all of us were intimidated," said Tyler Eastridge, a free safety who may be exaggerating when he says he weighs a 150 pounds.

Naples led 70-0 at the half; only four of the 1,420 games reported by member schools to the Florida High School Athletic Association this season have seen teams score more than 70 points.

"It was David versus Goliath," Dombroski said, "and David didn't have a stone to throw."

The national record books are incomplete, but a score like 91-0 won't register a blip on the list of all-time defeats. It wasn't even the most lopsided score in the country this weekend—in Ohio, Beechcroft beat Centennial 96-0, taking knees on plays in the fourth quarter to avoid triple figures.

According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, five teams have scored more than 200 points in a game, with the record believed to be 256 by Haven (Ky.) High in 1927.

Dombroski isn't blaming Naples.

"Naples did absolutely nothing wrong," Dombroski said. "We just didn't do anything right."

Kramer has been in this spot before.

In 2001, the Golden Eagles scored 63 first-quarter points and beat Lely High — ironically, where Dombroski's girlfriend teaches today—85-0, and Kramer suddenly became the target of perceptions that he intentionally ran up the score.

But in that game, just as on Friday, Naples had some of its starters not play at all, and others just for one or two series.

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"We've been through it before and you never want to go through it again," Kramer said. "There were people ready to burn my house."

It's an unsettling time again.

The Naples Daily News ran a poll asking if Kramer and his team "should be ashamed" over the result, and by Monday afternoon, the vote was nearly dead-even: 239 no, 225 yes.

Hearing that, even Dombroski shook his head. He e-mailed Kramer on Monday to reiterate that Naples did nothing wrong, but that's hardly the only opinion swirling around Naples these days.

"My daughter plays basketball and there's a local team that's really good and when they're about to score 100, there's no polls about that," Kramer said. "When the local lacrosse team wins 24-0, where's the outrage? Or when kids win 6-0, 6-0 in tennis? We score 10 touchdowns and everybody loses their minds.

"The real irony is we've got some of our parents upset that their kids didn't play or didn't play enough. And you just say, 'Wow."'

Dombroski knew when he took the Estero job that there would be days like Friday, but he said the 91-0 thumping might help him turn the program around.

"We won't forget this. I won't forget this," said Dombroski, whose freshman program is off to a 4-1-1 start this year, a sign that better days could be ahead for Estero. "We're not going to lay down. We're going to fight for 48 minutes, every time we're out there."

So on Monday afternoon, when school got out at 1:45, the Estero High football team headed to its locker room and prepared for practice. New scouting reports were waiting for them, and soon the team headed onto the field for practice, their blue jerseys whipping in the wind as they stretched.

"Our team might not be winning or might not be on top right now," said right guard Mike Perez. "But we all have to do the best we can do. We can't forget that."

And so, they were back to work, which they'll need. This week, Estero plays Cape Coral—a team that nearly beat Naples.

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people have no right to cry about this. if they dont want them to score, try making a tackle.

whenever i was playing in any kind of blowout game in any sport i always wanted to run up the score on a team like that, just because they wasted my time by making me play them. if they dont want us to run up the score bring some talent with you.

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people have no right to cry about this. if they dont want them to score, try making a tackle.

whenever i was playing in any kind of blowout game in any sport i always wanted to run up the score on a team like that, just because they wasted my time by making me play them. if they dont want us to run up the score bring some talent with you.

:lol::lol::lol::lol: The funniest a-hole line I have heard in a long time!! :ph34r:

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:lol::lol::lol::lol: The funniest a-hole line I have heard in a long time!! :ph34r:

That really was great.

I've stated my position plenty of times on running up the score. If you're not prepared to stop an offense, forfeit before the game starts.

Coaches and players drill into each others' skulls that football is a 60 minute war, that you don't stop unless you're incapable of moving or the clock reads 0:00 in the 4th quarter. There's no such thing as winning a game in a classless style in football, unless you have all your players trying to intentionally injure the opposing teams' guys. If you want to throw bombs with a 35-10 lead in the 4th quarter, I support you 100%. It is not an offensive coordinator or a head coach's job to quit and shut down their offense.

Most coaches spend many sleepless nights a week preparing a gameplan, and I'd be damned if I let all that hard work go to complete waste just because the other team sucks.

4 quarters, 60 minutes, score as many times as you can, stop the other team from scoring as many times as you can. THAT is football. If you don't like it, don't play it, don't coach it, and don't watch it.

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:lol::lol::lol::lol: The funniest a-hole line I have heard in a long time!! :ph34r:

I actually had an incident about a year ago where i felt like my time was wasted by playing a game like that. I am a player/manager in an adult baseball league. We aren't a top tier league by any means, but there is some talent and most games are competitive.

A few times during the season when we took a week off (usually july 4 weekend) we play an exhibition game against a group from Maine. Their manager is a friend of the league commissioner and he brings his squad down a few times a year and we put together a group of guys to play them. He usually brings some lower level (D-3) college players and some good high school kids, which makes for a competitive game (or 2). When we play double headers it is usually a split.

Well last year he brought down a team of bad high school kids and 40 year olds who looked like they never played ball before. The final score was something like 40-1. Early in the game i was thinking we should maybe ease up a little bit, but as more time passed it became clear that this was just a waste of a good saturday afternoon. In the last few innings we decided to run it up and started stealing bases again. we even had a guy steal home. In the later innings i told the team to run up the score and if he was going to take our saturday afternoon on a long weekend he can at least bring some talent. They laughed, and agreed.

so that is where my quote came from. sometimes a major *** kicking is truly a waste of time and the other team has no business being there.

There is nothing wrong with playing a sport that you arent good at it. i encourage anyone to play a game they love, even if that person is terrible at it. But don't go play someone good and expect them to go easy on you.

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I actually had an incident about a year ago where i felt like my time was wasted by playing a game like that. I am a player/manager in an adult baseball league. We aren't a top tier league by any means, but there is some talent and most games are competitive.

A few times during the season when we took a week off (usually july 4 weekend) we play an exhibition game against a group from Maine. Their manager is a friend of the league commissioner and he brings his squad down a few times a year and we put together a group of guys to play them. He usually brings some lower level (D-3) college players and some good high school kids, which makes for a competitive game (or 2). When we play double headers it is usually a split.

Well last year he brought down a team of bad high school kids and 40 year olds who looked like they never played ball before. The final score was something like 40-1. Early in the game i was thinking we should maybe ease up a little bit, but as more time passed it became clear that this was just a waste of a good saturday afternoon. In the last few innings we decided to run it up and started stealing bases again. we even had a guy steal home. In the later innings i told the team to run up the score and if he was going to take our saturday afternoon on a long weekend he can at least bring some talent. They laughed, and agreed.

so that is where my quote came from. sometimes a major *** kicking is truly a waste of time and the other team has no business being there.

There is nothing wrong with playing a sport that you arent good at it. i encourage anyone to play a game they love, even if that person is terrible at it. But don't go play someone good and expect them to go easy on you.

Just know that at some point and time in the future the line, "I'm kicking your *** because you made me show up today" is going to come out of my mouth.

As for playing in an adult baseball league I would so love to do that and even moreso an adult tackle football league. Nothing like that around here though.

I played in an adult league in Savannah but they kind of mislead me into playing for them. They didn't tell me that I had to pay the umps. for being there out of pocket nor did they tell me that every Sunday was a doubleheader day. I mean who in the **** has the time to spend 7 hours playing baseball on a Sunday?

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Just know that at some point and time in the future the line, "I'm kicking your *** because you made me show up today" is going to come out of my mouth.

As for playing in an adult baseball league I would so love to do that and even moreso an adult tackle football league. Nothing like that around here though.

I played in an adult league in Savannah but they kind of mislead me into playing for them. They didn't tell me that I had to pay the umps. for being there out of pocket nor did they tell me that every Sunday was a doubleheader day. I mean who in the **** has the time to spend 7 hours playing baseball on a Sunday?

we used to have doubleheaders every once in a while too back in the early days of the league. back then there were only 5 teams and we wanted every team to play each week. playing in those were pretty rough, especially in the back end of the second game. We have since expanded to 8 so its a good sized league with some weeknights mixed in (about once every two weeks for each team) its so much better than a doubleheader. The only time we have those now is for makeups.

and kicking *** for showing up is kind of inaccurate. its not for showing up, its for making me take my entire day to play a group who we shouldnt be playing. its not the time itself, its the waste of the time.

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