Brevard County Prep Football Results Wrap-Up

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Week One Prep Games

SPOTLIGHT GAME:

BULLDOGS ‘D’ PREVAILS OVER SCORPIONS 

BY JEFF NAVIN

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Satellite High School quarterback Cole Schell was stopped inches short of the goal line Friday night on the final play of Melbourne’s 14-13 overtime victory in the football season opener for both schools.

Melbourne's Carson Jackson carries the football for the Bulldogs during a prep football game against Satellite at Tom McIntyre Stadium on Aug. 31. (Image by Christey Krause)

Neither head coach knew for sure whether it was the correct call as a distraught Schell lay on the ground in frustration for more than a minute as Melbourne’s defensive unit charged off the field in celebration.

“I couldn’t tell if he got in,” Melbourne coach Todd Wilson said. “We lost one last year on the same thing. The football gods might have been looking out for us this time. I’m a little surprised that they went for it in the first overtime.”

After the two teams finished 48 minutes of regulation tied 7-7, Melbourne’s Carson Jackson ran 8 yards to the left on a sweep to Satellite’s 2-yard line.

Quarterback Sterling Munich was stopped for no gain on a second-down run up the middle, but Jackson ran to the right for a 2-yard score on a sweep for the Bulldogs. Pat Brush kicked the extra point to give Melbourne a 14-7 advantage.

In overtime, both teams begin their possession at the other team’s 10-yard line. If the teams remain tied after each completes its possession, the overtime will continue.

Satellite had used a power-running game effectively in the second half after Jackson intercepted two first-half passes for the Bulldogs.

Surprise

But in overtime, the Scorpions surprised Melbourne on first down as Schell faked a handoff and then lofted a 10-yard scoring pass to Tyler Allen in the right corner of the end zone.

Melbourne called a timeout in an attempt to make Satellite’s freshman placekicker Logan Williams think about the pressure to hit the extra point and force a second overtime.

But the Bulldogs were forced to use another timeout when the Scorpions came out in a spread formation in a move to go for two points and the victory.

Schell then rolled to the right and charged to the end zone. In the pile of bodies, it was too difficult to see whether he crossed the goal line.

When none of the referees raised their arms in a signal for a touchdown, Melbourne knew that it had come away with a difficult home victory.

“I have to give a lot of credit to Satellite,” Wilson said. “Andrew Disney has done a great job with that football program. People will say, ‘Oh, it’s the same old Satellite.’ That’s not the case. This was a good football team.”

Disney, Satellite’s head coach, refused to second guess himself.

“We wanted to go for two and win the football game,” he said. “It was my call and I think it was a good call. The kids have got nothing to be ashamed of.”

Satellite held Melbourne to just 80 yards of total offense and three first downs. The Bulldogs rushed for 49 yards on 31 carries, and quarterback Munich completed 3 of 9 passes for 31 yards.

Satellite's Richard McKowen tries to boot the ball over Melbourne defender Brent Diamond during a prep football game at Tom McIntyre Stadium on Aug. 31. (Image by Christey Krause).

Tough Yards

Melbourne limited Satellite to 152 yards of total offense. The Scorpions rushed for 86 yards on 38 carries. Schell completed 3 of 5 passes for 20 yards, and he rushed for 56 yards on 16 carries. He also caught four passes for 39 yards.

Allen completed 5 of 10 passes for 46 yards, but he was intercepted twice by Jackson in the first half.

Satellite punter Richard McKowen was sacked for a 17-yard loss after a bad snap from center on a punt attempt, giving Melbourne possession at the Scorpions’ 13-yard line with 4 minutes, 16 seconds to play in the first quarter. Bryson Hill then ran up the middle for a 2-yard gain on first down.

On the next play, Munich threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Todd Zanzinger in the right side of the end zone. Brush kicked the PAT to give the Bulldogs a 7-0 advantage with 3:29 to play in the first quarter.

“A bad snap led to their only score,” Disney said. “The kids played hard and stayed together. I’m proud of the kids, but this hurts right now.”

“The kids played hard and stayed together. I’m proud of the kids, but this hurts right now.” Andrew Disney Satellite coach

Kyle Kaminski recovered a fumble by Hill with 9:17 to play in the third quarter and a face mask penalty on the play gave the Scorpions the ball at the Melbourne 46.

Satellite then ran the ball up the middle six consecutive times in its power game to advance the ball to the Melbourne 34.

Schell ran 6 yards to the left on a quarterback keeper for a first down at the Melbourne 25. One play later, he ran to the right and cut to the outside for a 24-yard score with 1:39 to play in the third quarter. Williams converted the extra point to tie the game at 7.

“Playing overtime will be good for us,” Wilson said. “It’ll give us a chance to grow up. We had to fight through some stuff. That’s a big football win. The bottom line is we’re 1-0 right now.”

Melbourne will face Space Coast on the road next week. Satellite has a bye week before it hosts Viera on Sept. 14.

OTHER MATCHUPS

PALM BAY 21, ROCKLEDGE 10

Brian Fallace hit Caleb Alves with a TD pass to cap off an 80-yard Pirates drive.  But Raiders come back with 33-yard Field Goal by Payne Austin to open second quarter. Palm Bay led 6-3 at halftime.

Palm Bay's Leroy Berry scored a touchdown and had a two-point conversion run in the Pirates win over Rockledge. (Image by Ed Pierce)

Austin missed two field goals in second half for Raiders as Pirates turned in a solid defensive performance.

QB Alex Adler led the Raiders on a solid drive capped off by Justin Weaver’s TD run of 15 yards. PAT was good an Rockledge was up 10-6.

Following a Derylton Hill TD pass reception from QB Brian Fallace, Pirates coach Dan Burke had Leroy Berry run for a two-point conversion. Pirates regained a 14-10 advantage and that grew larger as Palm Bay recovered a fumble and then marched down the field on a series of sweeps by Leroy Berry.

He scored on a  32 yard run and the Pirates won 21-10.

– Friday Night Locker Room

COCOA BEACH 27, MCC 7

Cocoa Beach’s Antoine Griffin scored on 19-yard TD pass from David Dessent, but a 2-point conversion run failed and the Minutemen led 6-0.

Quarterback Brandon Ziarno was cleared to return to action for MCC and led  Hustlers on several long drives in second quarter.

Ziarno was at the forefront of a long MCC drive in the fourth quarter that was capped by a fumble into the end zone recovered by the Hustlers for a TD that narrowed Cocoa Beach’s lead to 13-6.

But Dessent marched the Minutemen down the field and ran for a TD, putting the Minutemen ahead 20-7.

Cocoa Beach then  ran back an interception for a touchdown and won 27-7.

 – Friday Night Locker Room

HOLY TRINITY 33, FATHER LOPEZ 18 

Tigers dominated in rushing the ball in first quarter, capped off by a 2-yard TD run by Holy Trinity’s Johnny Gomez. Holy Trinity led 6-0 at that point.

Johnny Gomez scored Holy Trinity's first TD against Father Lopez on a 2-yard run. (Image by Ed Pierce)

Josh Harden ran wild for Tigers in the second quarter. He put together two long 30-plus gains and then he scored on a 3-yard TD scamper. Tigers were up 13-0.

Tigers went back on the offensive when Marques Burgman snared 45-yard pass. It set up a 3-yard TD run by Nick Hamer before halftime and the Tigers were up 20-0 at intermission.

Hamer ran for a 60-yard TD for Holy Trinity putting the Tigers ahead 27-0 with 5 minutes left in third quarter.

Burgman then thrilled the crowd with marvelous 102-yard interception return for a TD and Holy Trinity was on cruise control up 33-0.

QB Joe Boden of Father Lopez scored one rushing TD and passed for two more TDs in fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers won 33-18.

“I feel good. I love to see my team come out and fight,” Holy Trinity’s Harden said. “It was rough week with the weather at practice so it feels good to get a win.”

– Kenny Jones

MERRITT ISLAND 41, CENTENNIAL 3

Nic Smith opened the scoring by throwing a 20-yard touchdown for the Mustangs to Mike Owens for a 7-0 Merritt Island lead.

Josh Studstill punched in another Merritt Island TD from the 4-yard line, but the PAT kick sailed wide. Merritt Island led 13-0.

Midway through the third quarter Centennial successfully boosted a field goal to narrow the Mustangs lead to 13-3.

But Smith came right back and hit Owens once again for a TD, and it opened the scoring floodgates for the Mustangs.

Johnny Batch closed out the scoring parade with an interception return for a touchdown for Merritt Island.

– Anthony Palermo

NEW SMYRNA BEACH 15, ASTRONAUT 12

In a back and forth game with momentum continually shifting, the Barracudas grabbed the lead by running for a touchdown in the second quarter.

The War Eagles were abel to intercept pass and run it in for their first official points of 2012 season. The PAT kick was no good though and New Smyrna led at halftime by a margin of 7-6.

Astronaut’s ground game took a lot of time off the clock in the third quarter and finally scored on 3-yard TD to put the War Eagles ahead 12-7.

But the Barracudas played smashmouth football down the stretch and closed out the scoring with a 20-yard TD and tacked on 2-point conversion to win 15-12.

– Irene Troutman

TITUSVILLE 42, PINE RIDGE 0

Running back Darius Young scored the first TD of the regular season for the Terriers on a 5-yard run. The extra point was good and Titusville led 7-0.

The Terriers extended the lead to 14-0 as QB Josh Wayner dived across goal line for a 2-yard TD early in the second quarter putting Titusville up 14-0.

Alex Martinez ran for a 1-yard TD run late in second quarter as the increased their advantage to 21-0. Martinez was later hurt in the second half and left the field by ambulance.

Wayner threw two more TDs in six-minute span to close out the first half with the Terriers ahead 35-0

Another TD pass by Wayner in the third quarter capped the scoring for the Terriers who cruised to a 42-0 victory.

– Jack Milforth

HERITAGE 45, SPACE COAST 0

In the first quarter, Panthers back Josh Gaines broke free and dashed 39 yards for a Heritage score and a 7-0 lead.

Gaines scored again in the second quarter for Panthers who controlled the football and dominated the matchup.

A punishing ground game saw Dedric Witherspoon score another Panthers TD and Clint Moxam runs for another Heritage TD.

When the Panthers kicked a field goal in the third quarter, the lead was 31-0 and Heritage scored two more TDs in the fourth quarter to win 45-0.

– Cami Lopez

EAU GALLIE 21, VIERA 13

Both teams struggled to mount consistent offense in first quarter.

Each team traded scores before halftime and at internmission it was 7-7.

Eau gallie's Jordan Benton tries to avoid Viera defenders during a prep football game at Eau Gallie High School on Aug. 31. (Image by Christey Krause)

After halftime Eau Gallie threatened to score as the Commodores offense started to click in Quarter 3.

Torrance Brown hit Daniel Kroupa for 45-yard pass, then agains for a TD as Eau Gallie grabbed a 14-7 lead.

Jordan Benton ran for 25-yard Eau Gallie score to put the Commodores ahead 21-7.

Cody Dentmon came on as Viera quarterback and ran for two TDs in all for the Hawks, but Eau Gallie held on for a 21-13 win.

“It was a physical game and the kids played great, but we have to get better,” said Eau Gallie coach Tim Powers. “The game-changing moment came at the start of the second half as we came out with some fire.”

– Bill Kelly

BOLLES 21, BAYSIDE 14

Luscious McKay scored first for Bayside on a short run as the Bears took an early 7-0 first quarter lead.

The Bayside Bears take the field to do battle with Bolles on Friday night. (Image by Derek Suomi)

Ontarius Mitchell ran in a TD for Bolles to tie the game at 7-7 early in second quarter.

Cody Boswell of Bolles ran in another TD just before halftime, and Bolles led at halftime 14-7.

Roger Bush carries two yards for the Bears second TD, even the score at 14-14.

Bolles successfully converted a third down in the fourth quarter and then rambled in for a TD and then held off a determined Bayside 21-14.

The Bears had a final possession in the waning seconds, but were unable to score.

– Derek Suomi

PHILADELPHIA ST. JOSEPH’S PREP 16, COCOA 7

A long Hawks drive of 62 yards culminated with touchdown as St. Joseph’s grabbed an early 7-0 advantage at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports.

Penalties and missed opportunities plagued the Tigers throughout the first half.

Tarean Folston was been able to move the ball on the ground for Cocoa, but the Tigers were inconsistent in converting third-down chances clung to a  7-0 led at halftime.

Another long drive by St. Joseph’s consumed precious minutes, but it eventually stalled, and the Hawks settled for a 16-yard field goal. The clock ran out on the Tigers with the Hawks prevailing 16-7.

A long Hawks drive to open third quarter resulted in a TD, but the extra point failed and St. Joseph’s continued to lead 13-0 at the end of three quarters of play.

Cocoa came alive in the fourth quarter with quarterback Jalen Knowles converting a long third-down pass into Hawks territory.

Knowles was 4-4 passing on the drive, by his 1-yard on a QB sneak for Cocoa cut St. Joseph’s margin to 13-7.

Another long drive by St. Joseph’s consumed precious minutes, but it eventually stalled, and the Hawks settled for a 16-yard field goal. The clock ran out on the Tigers with the Hawks prevailing 16-7.

– Jeff Collier


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