Community School of Naples turned the ball over five times but still managed to top the Kings 41-22 at SFCA.
The Seahawks (8-1, 5-1) rushed for 385 yards as a team in claiming the District 2A-7 runner up spot behind champion First Baptist.
Had Southwest Florida Christian won, a three-way tiebreaker to determine the runner-up would have been played on Monday.
“We didn’t prepare very well,” Kings coach Mike Marciano said. “You always play like you practice and we didn’t have a great week of practice.”
The Kings (5-4, 3-3) led 14-13 early in the second quarter but CSN got a touchdown apiece from freshman Henderson Francois and junior Joe Lang to take a 28-14 lead into the halftime break.
Senior George Schmelzle’s 86-yard touchdown run in the third gave the Seahawks a comfortable lead at 35-14 and Francois’ 41-yard touchdown run early in the fourth put the Kings away for good.
This is CSN’s first season back in the FHSAA after spending two years as an independent.
“This is a big deal,” Seahawks coach Paul Selvidio said of making the playoffs. “That was the goal all along. This is really satisfying to be rewarded after all of our work.”
Tristian Upton led the Kings with 101 yards rushing in the game. Joey Vasquez, Chase Reed and Caleb Catto scored the touchdowns for SFCA.
Francois led all rushers with 144 yards on just seven carries to go along with 76 receiving yards.
Community School of Naples will host Gateway Charter in its final regular season game next week before playing on the road against District 2A-8 champion Dade Christian in the first round of the playoffs on Friday, Nov. 13.
Community School of Naples 13 | 14 | 7 | 7 | FINAL 41
Southwest Florida Christian 7 | 7 | 0 | 8 | FINAL 22
CSN: Henderson Francois 53 pass from Cooper Weiss (Tatiana Zuloaga kick)
CSN: Joe Lang 6 run (kick failed)
SFCA: Justin Vazquez 34 pass from Chase Reed (Will Sammet kick)
SFCA: Reed 3 run (Sammet kick)
CSN: Francois 38 run (George Schmelzle run)
CSN: Lang 9 pass from Weiss (Zuloaga kick)
CSN: Schmelzle 86 run (Zuloaga kick)
CSN: Francois 41 run (kick failed)
SFCA: Caleb Catto 43 pass from Reed (Reed run)