Satellite Scorpions Sail Past Commodores
By Ed Pierce // May 28, 2012
Strong Defensive Effort
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Satellite Scorpions turned in an inspired performance in knocking off the Eau Gallie Commodores 19-0 in a spring football game Friday night at Eau Gallie High School.
Both squads came into the matchup looking to build upon a solid month of practice and to gauge where each program stands headed into a new season of competition.
The Scorpions leaped on top quickly when running back Eric Wright broke two tackles and dashed 40 yards into the end zone at 9:31 of the first quarter. Jefferson Packer tacked on the extra point kick for Satellite in what would turn out to be all then points needed for the win.
Eau Gallie was unable to muster much offense throughout the matchup, as quarterback Daniel Kroupa’s passes missed the mark and speedy back Antoine Rutledge could not break off a long run against a stingy Scorpion defense.
Justin Smith grabbed a 15-yard TD reception from quarterback Cole Schnell at 10:18 of the second quarter to increase Satellite’s lead to 13-0.
Eau Gallie started to move the ball some after halftime, but a Kroupa pass intended for Rutledge was picked off by Satellite’s Will Duncan ending the Commodores’ final scoring threat of the game.
Schnell closed out the scoring for the Scorpions on a 2-yard quarterback keeper up the middle with 30 seconds remaining to play.
“I think we’ve had a concerted effort since January to prepare to play physically and mentally,” said Satellite coach Andrew Disney. “We still need to work on our alignment and our execution and there are a number of things we have to clean up.”
Eau Gallie coach Tim Powers said despite the loss, the Commodores can take away plenty from the game.
“We tried to put a heavy load of our experienced players, but I do see a lot to build on going into the summer. We’re going to hit the weight room hard and go from there. We were kind of banged up coming in to this game, but the young guys are going to get better and talent is moving up from our ninth-grade team last year. We’re going to be OK.”
The Commodores will travel to Viera to open the season in August.