Bayside Bears Topple Mustangs
By Kenny Jones // May 26, 2012
McKay Shines In Win
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Bayside never let up against Merritt Island in thumping the Mustangs 41-0 in a spring prep football game at Bayside High School on Friday night.
Lucious McKay was impressive connecting on two 30-plus yard completions and running one in as well to lead the Bears to a dominating performance at home.
Merritt Island struggled throughout the game to build any sort of substantial drive against a stout Bayside defense led by defensive back Ruggery Miclisse who had a fumble recovery, sack, and an interception to pace the Bears’ defense.
Late in the game Josh Soto of Bayside took a fumbled Merritt Island possession 60 yards for the score to place the final nail in the coffin and put Bayside up 41-0 with just 1:21 remaining.
Junior place kicker Alisha Acosta also impressed as the sophomore as she went a perfect 4-for-4 on her extra point attempts, including the final point of the game.
“We are starting to mesh,” said Bayside coach Derek Smith. “Regardless of what people think about our 4-6 record last year, it’s about the teams you play that make you better, not the wins. Last year’s schedule made us better.”
As for McKay’s performance, Smith said he liked what he saw.
“Lucious is a special kid, when he figures out the game of football from A to Z, he’ll be even more special. As for now he’s about from A-M and so far that looks good.”
Kory Schick caught both deep passes from McKay, one accounting for 35 yards and the second for 45 with 5:45 remaining in the first half.
One bright spot for Merritt Island was Josh Studstill, who had a 27 yard scamper breaking off tackle with 2:45 remaining in the 3rd quarter.
“Games are never as good or bad as they seem,” Merritt Island coach Jeff McLean said. “You always take something away; find out who can play and who can’t play. That’s why we wanted to play a good team like Bayside, so they could show us where we were.”