Alan Zlotorzynski’s ‘By The Numbers’ For Brevard County High School Football Games
By Alan Zlotorzynski // September 22, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Week four is complete in Brevard County High School football and District play spotlighted the schedule, as 13 of the 18 Brevard County teams began what coaches call “the money games.”
There was one significant upset and several surprising blow out wins on Friday night around the county.
In a game broadcasted by the Friday Night Locker Room right here on Space Coast Daily, The Holy Trinity Tigers defeated the Melbourne Central Catholic Hustlers in a very exciting game that saw both teams combine to produce 38 fourth quarter points.
The Tigers defeated the Hustlers for the time since 2008 and in the process locked a playoff berth in three team District 6- Class 3A conference. With blow outs come numbers and stats, so without further ado, here is Week 5 by the numbers.
Holy Trinity & MCC produced one of the memorable games of the season so here are a few numbers to take away from the Tigers upset 32-24 win.
7 – It’s been seven seasons since the Tigers last defeated the Hustlers. That win was way back on November 14, 2008 when Holy Trinity squeezed out a 17-14 victory. Since then, the Hustlers have won six straight by a combined score of 276-77. The victory was also just the second since 2004.
ABOVE VIDEO: Holy Trinity Tigers Head Coach Nate Hooks After Victory Over MCC.
300 – The win by Head Coach Nate Hooks’ team took a herculean effort in the fourth quarter, as MCC scored 24 points to close within one score on three occasions. A major reason for the win was his team’s 300 rushing yards. Led by the Friday Night Locker Room Player of the Game, running back, Jashaun Corbin, the sophomore, who entered the game with 237 yards rushing on the season added a game high 184 yards and three TD’s.
This included a gutsy 42-yard fake punt run score by Corbin with 1:09 to play to seal the win. Corbin’s performance moved him into fourth (421) on the Brevard County list of rushing leaders’ through four weeks of regular season play.
0 – Corbin also played CB in the contest and drew the Hustlers top play making threat, WR Will Erdman. Corbin shutdown the senior playmaker limiting him to no catches in the first half. Erdman did not play for much of the second half for an unknown injury.
ABOVE VIDEO: Holy Trinity’s Joc Perry Postgame Interview vs. MCC.
77 and 48 – Holy Trinity’s win was a total team effort and no other player exemplified laying it on the line on every play as much as QB Joc Perry. The junior signal caller and punter had 77 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns but also averaged nearly 48 yards per punt. The excellent punting of Corbin did not allow the Hustlers the field position to establish quick drives.
ABOVE VIDEO: Friday Night Locker Room Player of the Game Jashaun Corbin.
49 – The Cocoa Tigers rebounded quite nicely after losing last week to IMG Academy. Head Coach John Wilkinson’s team quick strike capability was on full display this week as the Tigers downed undefeated Lake Highland Prep 48-6 on Friday night. Cocoa averaged 49 yards per score on five of their seven TD’s. This included TD runs of 75 & 39 yards by Florida Gators commit Chauncey Gardner.
It also included a 54-yard pick six by Howard Stewart and a 54 yard TD run by Howard.
12.5 – In busting loose for two long TD runs, Cocoa’s Chauncey Gardner had quite the average yards per carry. He carried nine times for 153 yards which equates to 17 yards per rush. However, Titusville’s Jaleel Davis averaged 12.5 yards per carry on 14 carries in helping the Terriers take down the Satellite Scorpions 63-14. Davis rushed for 176 yards and added two TD’s. Davis is now third in Brevard County in rushing this season with 458 yards on the ground. He trails two Pratt’s, Taquan Pratt of Merritt Island (466) and Timmy Pratt of Cocoa (510).
Davis wasn’t the only Terrier to carry an above average number in an offensive category.
50% – Titusville QB Yusuf DeReese didn’t complete a ton of passes in the Terriers 49-point win but when half are thrown for touchdowns, you don’t need to put the ball in the air much. DeReese competed eight balls and four of them went for touchdowns. DeReese found Tommy Mack on two occasions, as he hit Mack for a 30 yarder to open up the scoring and found him again in the third quarter from 43 yards out to pull away at 35-14. DeReese also tossed one each to Dontavious Marcus (33 yards) & Rashean Lynn (46 yards).
7 – Always a popular number at any level of football, seven on this occasion represents the number of sacks the Heritage Panthers defense recorded vs. the Eau Gallie Commodores in their 53-14 at Eau Gallie Friday Night. There was plenty of offense as well.
283 and 5 – Stopping the Heritage Panthers is such a difficult task. Defenses can sometimes find success when you have to stop one or two players but to ask the defenses in District 14, Class 6A to stop the quadruple threat backfield of Heritage is asking for a miracle.
As the season continues to progress, the Panthers backfield will be a force to recon with and it’s best on Friday night. Panthers QB Daeshawn Mills and ball carriers Josh Harden, Josh Gaines and LaSedrick King combined to rush for 283 yards and five rushing touchdowns. Mills carried six times for 159 yards, including TD runs of 38 and 87 yards.
Mills also tossed a 60 yard TD pass but the majority of the work came after the catch (YAC) by Davonte Bartley, who sprinted nearly 50 yards for the score after hauling in the pass.
ABOVE VIDEO: Astronaut’s Head Coach Randy Hallock After Victory Over Atlantic Port Orange.
14 – The Astronaut War Eagles defense allowed their offense to start relaxed in Friday’s big Class 4A District 5 win over Atlantic. The reason – Astronaut led the contest 14-0 before head coach Randy Hallok’s offense took the field for their first possession. Mac Massengill recovered a fumble in the end zone following a high snap on the games very first play for the War Eagles fist score and on the very next possession, Nathan Brown picked up a blocked punt and scampered 10 yards to put Astronaut up 14-0.
ABOVE VIDEO: Astronaut’s Jordan Taylor Following the 43-6 Victory Over Atlantic Port Orange.
While the offense did their part, the defense didn’t actually surrender a point until the final play of the game when Atlantic scored on a five yard TD pass to make the final 43-6.
ABOVE VIDEO: Palm Bay’s Running Back Brian Lankford-Johnson After Win Against Rockledge.
211 – Entering the week, Palm Bay Pirate running back Brian Lankford-Johnson had 23 carries for 169 yards and two touchdowns on the “youngish” season. In the Pirates Class 5A District 14 opening win over a feisty Rockledge team, Lankford-Johnson doubled one of his season totals, tripled another and surpassed his season rushing total by 131 percent—who said you can’t learn mathematics playing sports.
The senior RB rushed for 212 yards on 23 attempts and also added four rushing touchdowns, as his Pirates cooled off the Rockledge Raiders, 41-17. Lankford-Johnson now has 381 rushing yards on 46 attempts and six rushing touchdowns, which ties him for the lead in rushing TD’s in Brevard County with Holy Trinity’s Jashaun Corbin.
Finally, The Last Number of the Week is….
0 – After 13 District games in Week 4, there are none in Week 5 but that doesn’t mean the schedule doesn’t have some quality contests. The Friday Night Locker Room crew will be at two locations this week streaming on SpaceCoastDaily.com.
The Hall of Fame team of Steve Wilson and Orville Susong will be at Cocoa High School for what many are calling the game of the year so far in Brevard County. The 3-1 Cocoa Tigers will host the 2-2 Viera Hawks.
The Hawks are coming off a tough loss to the Red Devils of Kathleen from Lakeland. This will be a battle of two of the premier signal callers in the county.
Hawks QB, Hayden Kingston enters play with 1,343 passing yards and 15 passing touchdowns.
He’s also completing over 65 percent of his passes on the season (85-130). Meanwhile, Cocoa QB Bruce Judson should return to action after missing last week with sore ribs. The all-purpose yard eating machine, Judson, comes into the week with 290 total yards for his team. (197 rushing- 93 passing) and six total TD’s (4 rushing-2 passing).
This is the first ever meeting between the two schools and to say the players from both teams have been anticipating this game would be understating the fact immensely.
The game will also be broadcast on WPIO 89.3 in North Brevard and 90.3 in South Brevard on your FM dial.
Anthony Nachreiner and yours truly will be at Astronaut High in Titusville for a rivalry game between the War Eagles and Titusville Terriers. Since the 2004 season the War Eagles have a clear advantage in the series winning 10 of the 12 games played.
However, last year, the Terriers defeated Astronaut 21-16, snapping an eight game losing streak to their cross town rivals.
Aside from SpaceCoastDaily.com, the game will be broadcast on the new AM 1060 WMEL with 50,000 watts of power starting at 6:55.
Other Week 5 Games:
• Bayside (0-3) @ Satellite (0-3)
• Heritage (2-1) @ Osceola Kissimmee (4-0)
• Palm Bay (2-1) @ Melbourne (0-3)
• Space Coast (2-1) @ Poinciana (0-5)
• Union County (4-0) @ MCC (3-1)
• Port St. Lucie (0-3) @ Merritt Island (2-2)