Prep Passing League Opens Summer Play

By  //  June 6, 2012

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Summer Season Competition

A Space Coast receiver attempts a catch against Merritt Island in a Brevard County Passing League game at Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School on Monday. (Image by Steve Wilson)
Rockledge and Florida Air Academy players leap for the football during a Brevard County Passing League game on Monday. (Image by Steve Wilson)

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – For 13 prep football teams competing in this year’s Brevard County Passing League on Monday nights, this is where it all begins for a successful fall season.

The league opened play Monday with five rounds of games at Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School.

Teams participating this season include Astronaut, Bayside, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Eau Gallie, Florida Air Academy, Heritage, Merritt Island, Rockledge, Satellite, Space Coast, Titusville and Viera.

Rules are basic, with one point awarded for a first down or a defensive stop on downs. An interception is three points and a touchdown is six points. Teams have the option of going for one point after a TD or two points, with one point awarded if they attempt a point-after from the 3-yard-line or 2 points if they try it form the 10-yard-line.

A Cocoa Beach receiver hauls in a pass during a Brevard County Passing League game against Space Coast on Monday. (Image by Steve Wilson)

Each game is 20 minutes in length with a running clock with a three-minute break between games.

All games are played on a 40-yard field. First down markers are set at the 20-yard-line with regular end zones. Teams have four downs to score and play is dead if the ball touches the ground, including mishandled snaps.

There is a 40-seond “good faith” clock between plays and defensive teams are not allowed to tackle opponents or rush the quarterback.

In the event of a tie, the ball will be placed on the 10-yard line and teams will have one-play series to score on alternate possessions until a winner is decided.



Here are the results from the first week of play at Cocoa Beach:

Round 1
Cocoa Beach 29, Titusville 16
Florida Air 19, Merritt Island 8
Space Coast 27, Astronaut 14
BYE – Rockledge

Round 2
Cocoa Beach 31, Astronaut 17
Rockledge 13, Space Coast 10
Florida Air 18, Titusville 12
BYE – Merritt Island

Round 3
Rockledge 29, Florida Air 8
Cocoa Beach, 21, Space Coast 5
Merritt Island 22, Astronaut 11
BYE – Titusville

Round 4
Merritt Island 24, Space Coast 15
Cocoa Beach 26, Florida Air 16
Titusville 30, Rockledge 18
BYE – Astronaut

Round 5
Florida Air 23, Astronaut 13
Merritt Island 30, Titusville 1
Cocoa Beach17, Rockledge 15
BYE – Space Coast

Astronaut defenders guard against a Cocoa Beach pass during a Brevard County Passing League game on Monday. (Image by Steve Wilson)

After the first week of play here are the standings:

Cocoa Beach 5-0
Florida Air 3-2
Merritt Island 3-1
Space Coast 1-3
Titusville 1-3
Astronaut 0-4

This coming Monday, passing league play moves to Bayside High School with games starting at 6 p.m.

The remainder of the schedule includes games at Astronaut High School (June 18), Bayside (June 25), no games played July 2, Viera High School (July 9), Merritt Island High School (July 16) and Cocoa Beach (July 23).

A photo montage from the first week of play can be found at