Merv Ward was a coaching legend in Southwest Florida. He coached the Naples Lely Trojans for 11 full seasons and parts of two more from 1985-2002, winning 4 district titles. He arrived as an assistant from Michigan in 1984, and three years later, he'd taken a mediocre Lely program to the area's first state title game.
In 1987, he led a senior-laden Trojans team to the Class 3A championship game, earning the berth with upset wins over powerhouses Glades Central(26-20 in 2OT in the Muck) and Cocoa High(7-6). Lely fell at home to Live Oak-Suwannee, 35-7, but it served as the model for coaches struggling to find success across the region. 'A native of East Palestine, Ohio, Ward played fullback and nose guard at Bowling Green and often drew comparisons to one of his idols, Ohio State legend Woody Hayes. Ward passed away in 2008.
Idk why OSL would expect me to get that
We never played St Augustine when he was at the school, we did play their rival Nease though when Tebow was there
Before our rivalry rebirth with St Augustine in 2011 we hadn't played them since the 1998 season