Update: Week 2 Highlights Overtime Games In Youth Football

By  //  August 28, 2012

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Palm Bay Goes 5-1 Against Visiting South Beach

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BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – The West Melbourne Senior division Cowboys and the Bayside Bears Pee Wees remain undefeated after two weeks of play in the Brevard County Youth Football and Cheerleading Association, but getting there wasn’t easy.

Merritt Island’s Samarian Bryan fights for outside yardage during a Pee Wee division youth football game against Bayside at Mitchell Ellington Park on Aug. 25. Bayside won in overtime 25-19. (Image by Richard Herron)

West Melbourne (2-0) went into overtime against the Titusville Terriers (1-1) before escaping with hard-fought 20-19 victory.

The Cowboys lead the South Conference Senior division standings over Palm Bay (1-0) while four squads (Melbourne, Sebastian, South Beach and Bayside are tied with records of 1-1 through the first two games.

The Bayside Bears (2-0) also had quite a battle with Merritt Island’s Pee Wees division Mustangs before Ra’Heim Sanders scored in overtime to give the Bears a thrilling 25-19 win over the Mustangs (0-2).

The visiting Port St. John Rockets Pee Wees squad evened their record at 1-1 by knocking off the Melbourne Bulldawgs 19-6 on Saturday. The Bulldawgs (0-2) are playing all home games this year at Eau Gallie High School this season instead of at Crane Field.

First place is the South Conference Pee Wees standings is a three-way tie between Bayside (2-0), West Melbourne (2-0) and South Beach (2-0). The Sebastian Sharks are 0-1, while Melbourne and the Palm Bay Pirates are now 0-2.

Port St. John running back Jalen Butler avoid a tackle attempt by Melbourne’s Ricky McKinnis Jr. during a Pee Wees division youth football game at Eau Gallie High School on Aug. 25. (Image by Christey Krause)

In the North Conference Junior Rookies division, the two teams leading in the standings both racked up shutout victories Saturday.

The Rockledge Raiders Rookies beat Sebastian 27-0, while the Suntree/Viera Lightning Rookies grounded the Port St. John Rockets 31-0. With the wins, Suntree/Viera and Rockledge improved to 2-0 and tied for first place in the North ahead of Merritt Island (1-1) and Port St. John (0-2).

The Palm Bay Pirates enjoyed an especially good week by taking five of six tackle games played at Melbourne Central Catholic High School. Palm Bay claimed wins over the Seahawks in Rookies, Mighty Mites, Bantams, Juniors and Seniors division games. The only South Beach win over Palm Bay was  a 27-13 triumph in the Pee Wees division.

West Melbourne's William Daniels jumps through the line against Titusville during a Senior division youth football game played in Titusville at the Gibson Center on Aug. 25. (Image by Larry Kinker)

The South Conference Mighty Mites division race is shaping up to be a good one with three squads (Melbourne, Palm Bay and West Melbourne) tied at 2-0 in first place, followed by Bayside at 1-1, while Sebastian and South Beach are 0-1.

One game that was rained out Saturday will be made up at 7 p.m. Wednesday night when the Suntree/Viera Lightning meet the Titusville Mighty Mites at Viera Regional patrk.

All Brevard County Youth Football and Cheerleading Associations teams will take the Labor Day Weekend off and will resume play with Week 3 games Sept. 8.

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