By  //  September 22, 2012

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Week 4 of the 2012 prep football season was played after strong thunderstorms swept through the area Friday night.

Some games began late or were delayed after kickoff because of lightning and heavy rain.

Here’s a rundown of Friday’s results:

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BREVARD COUNTY • ROCKLEDGE, FLORIDA – It was a timeout Satellite now wishes it never was able to obtain.

Satellite quarterback Cole Schell is pressured by Rockledge defender Aundrey Strong during a prep football game Friday night at McLarty Stadium. (Image by Christey Krause)

Cole Schell, who spent most of Friday night running for his life when he was the Scorpions quarterback and not lined up as a running back or a wide receiver, was sacked by Rockledge’s Aundrey Strong for a 5-yard loss to the Raiders’ 34-yard line as time was winding down in the second quarter.

Trailing at that point 7-0 in a first half where both teams spent most of the first 24 minutes trading punts, the Scorpions were able to call a timeout with 0.8 seconds to play.

Backup quarterback Tyler Allen, under pressure, then threw a pass into a crowd in the middle of the field. Rockledge’s Teodoro Rodriguez intercepted the pass at the Raiders’ 11 and sprinted down the right sideline for an 89-yard touchdown. Payne Austin kicked the extra point as the Raiders (2-1) forged a 14-0 halftime advantage on their way to an eventual 20-7 victory in the Class 5A, District 13 opener for both schools.

“I’m so happy for him (Rodriguez),” Rockledge coach Larry Laskowski said. “He works so hard. … To be ahead at 14-0 with the way our defense was playing, the game could have been over. I’m afraid some of our kids played that way in the second half.”

Missed chances

After Austin missed a 41-yard field goal attempt on a wet field where long field goals probably should not have been attempted, Satellite took over at its own 20 with 4 minutes to play in the second quarter. Allen was sacked for a 6-yard loss on first down, and two running plays netted just 2 yards as the Scorpions were forced to punt from their own 16. Satellite punter Richard McKowen had trouble fielding a slightly errant snap as Rockledge’s Traybion Smith blocked the punt and recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. Austin converted the extra point as Rockledge forged a 7-0 lead with 1:49 to play in the second quarter.

McKowen’s 32-yard punt on the ensuing possession was fumbled by the Raiders as the Scorpions took possession at the Rockledge 44 with 44.9 seconds to play in the second quarter. Schell, who was sacked or tackled for zero or negative yardage on 15 plays for a negative 49 yards, faked a pass under pressure and ran 21 yards to the left to the Rockledge 23 on first down. He finished with 9 yards on 21 carries.
Four plays later, Rodriguez scored on his interception return.

Satellite (1-2) finished with 41 yards rushing on 42 carries. Schell completed 1 of 7 passes for 20 yards and one touchdown. Allen completed 4 of 10 passes for 59 yards. He was intercepted twice. The Scorpions posted seven first downs.

Rockledge's Traybion Smith celebrates with his teammates after blocking a punt and recovering it in the end zone for the Raiders' first touchdown Friday in a prep football game against Satellite at McLarty Stadium. (Image by Christey Krause)

Rockledge recorded 45 yards rushing on 30 carries. Alex Adler completed 3 of 6 passes for 84 yards and one touchdown. The Raiders were held to four first downs.

“Our defense was our big brother tonight and our offense was our little brother,” Laskowski said. “Our defense carried us; it did everything. We had just one (big) play on offense. If there had been a few mistakes here and there, Satellite could have won. You never want to stay satisfied. On defense, our kids played at a high speed and effort. We had some unsung heroes. Payne kicked the ball deep on his punts and it was a weapon for sure. That had to demoralize Satellite, and it played a big part in our win.”

Satellite’s Grady Kable recovered a fumble at the Rockledge 31 with 9:35 to play in the third quarter. Two plays later on third-down-and-4, Schell was sacked for a 4-yard loss. His pass on fourth down fell incomplete and out of bounds as Rockledge took over at its own 29.

Joe Brown then sprinted past the Satellite defensive backfield on the left side to catch a first-down pass from Adler for a 71-yard touchdown with 7:32 remaining in the third quarter. Austin’s kick was blocked as Rockledge extended its lead to 20-0.

Teodoro Rodriguez of Rockledge takes off after intercepting a pass during a prep football game against Satellite on Friday at McLarty Stadium. (Image by Christey Krause)


“Satellite was real aggressive to the run,” Laskowski said. “We probably should have run more play action. It was a good call for that time. At the line of scrimmage, they didn’t expect that.”

Austin, who averaged 37 yards on six punts to consistently place Satellite deep in its own territory, couldn’t handle a bad snap as he was tackled for a 14-yard loss at the Rockledge 32. After obtaining a first down as Eric Wright ran 4 yards on fourth down to the Rockledge 20 on the final play of the third quarter, a fumble on an option play briefly gave Rockledge the ball before it fumbled the ball on the same play to give Satellite possession at the Raiders’ 39.

Two consecutive running plays led to a net loss of 2 yards, but Schell ran to the right under pressure for a 21-yard gain to the Rockledge 20.
On the next play, Schell lofted a 20-yard touchdown pass to Joey Hibbard in the left corner of the end zone. Freshman kicker Logan Williams converted the extra point to whittle the deficit to 20-7 with 9:54 to play in the game.

Instead of attempting an on-side kick, Satellite tried a pooch kick and Rockledge took over at its own 39. The Raiders were unable to earn a first down, and Austin’s 30-yard punt gave Satellite the ball at its own 29 with 7:28 remaining.

Wright ran to the right for 6 yards on first down, but Schell was stopped at the line of scrimmage for no gain. On third down, Rockledge’s Juandarius Dukes knocked the ball away from Satellite’s Calvin Smith on a pass from Schell to halt what would have been a sure touchdown.

Rockledge will face Viera on the road next Friday; Satellite will take on Heritage in another road contest. Both are non-district games.

 – Jeff Navin



BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The kickoff at Palm Bay High School was delayed until 8:21 p.m. with Melbourne getting the ball first.

Brevard County's leading rusher Leroy Berry of Palm Bay ran for two touchdowns Friday against Melbourne. (Image by Ed Pierce)

The Bulldogs were driving for a touchdown when Palm Bay’s Derylton Hill picked up a Melbourne fumble on Pirates 2-yard line and raced for a 98-yard TD, putting Palm Bay ahead 7-0.

Leroy Berry ran for a 7-yard Palm Bay TD, capping a 92-yard drive in the second quarter.

Then the scoring floodgates opened.

Playing in his final game as a Pirate because of age eligibility, Caleb Alves snared a TD pass reception from Palm Bay QB Brian Fallace.

Berry ran for another Palm Bay TD in the third quarter boosting Palm Bay’s lead further.

BJ Ross had a 25-yard interception for a touchdown and Sekai Lindsey closed out the scoring on a short run for the Pirates who won 41-0 and are now 2-2.

The Bulldogs also are now 2-2.

– Friday Night Locker Room




BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Before the rain subsided and the first quarter ended, the Bayside Bears already led the visiting Eau Gallie Commodores 28-0 on Friday night at Bayside High School.

The dry air and the second quarter on were no easier on the visiting side as Bayside ran the ball effortlessly using three ball carriers to score five rushing touchdowns and wash away Eau Gallie 49-11.

The highlight play of the evening for the Bears was when running back Darian Andre converted a 4th-and-5 run that led to quarterback Lucious McKay airing out a 37-yard touchdown pass to receiver Cory Schick.

As for the highly touted McKay, he scored a touchdown on the ground as well as one through the air while leading the Bears up and down the soggy field against a helpless Commodore defense.

One bright spot for the Commodores was Kelvin Pruitt, who had two nice plays on special teams with long returns, as well as a 54-yard end-around run that dazzled the crowd.

Pruitt topped his night off with a 28-yard touchdown run late in the game and followed it by converting a two-point conversion attempt.

Eau Gallie (1-3) meets Kissimmee Gateway next week while Bayside (1-3) has a bye week following their big win.

– Kenny Jones




PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA – Josh Gaines scored on first-half runs of 18 and 25 yards to help Heritage remain unbeaten run in a game against Port St. Lucie delayed more than an hour by lightning.

Following an early rishing TD by Gaines, Heritage (4-0) scored again with 4:13 left in first quarter on Dedric Witherspoon’s 1-yard run.

Port St. Lucie  tallied 10 unanswered second-quarter points to cut Panthers lead to 14-10.

But a storm delay with 6:08 left in Quarter 2 curtailed Port St. Lucie’s momentum.

The game resumed after a dealy of more than an hour and 10 minutes in Quarter 2 following long rain and lightning delay.

The Panthers added two more second half touchdowns to win 28-10.


– Larry Brooks

• MCC 0, FIRST ACADEMY 0  (postponed)

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – The game was postponed and will be played at 10 a.m. Saturday because of wet field conditions and thunderstorms in Orlando. 

– Irene Troutman


DAYTOINA BEACH, FLORIDA – Florida Air Academy pounded Father Lopez to come away with a hard-fought 62-42 road win.

Josh Denton scored for FAA on 3-yard run early to give the Falcons a 7-0 lead.

Hndre Pound intercepted a pass and scored a TD to hand Florida Air a 13-6 advantage with 4:47 left in first quarter.

The Falcons never looked back.

Denton scored again on 1-yard run and Ryan Riemer dashed down the field for 62-yard punt return TD as FAA crafted a 26-6 lead.

Dwayne  Robinson Jr. ran for another FAA touchdown right before halftime as FAA led at that point 32-13.

But a determined Father Lopez made it a game in the second half and tried to stage a comeback.

In the third quarter, FAA’s Alex Buie scored on 20-yard ruin for the Falcons. Dwayne Robinson Jr. hit Ryan Riemer for the 2-point conversion and  FAA led 46-29.

In the fourth quarter, Robinson passed to Riemer for a TD and Denton ran in another 2-point conversion giving the Falcons a 54-36 lead.

Buie closed out the FAA scoring by running 62 yards for another TD putting Falcons ahead for good 62-42.


– Heidi Riemer



BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – Nick Rittenhouse gets Vipers on the scoreboard with a TD pass early in the game but Astronaut came roaring back and won 28-7 thanks to a strong running game.

Brandon Wright of the War Eagles scored on runs of 80 and 90 yards and teammate Jamal Lloyd also reached the end zone on runs of 30 and 92 yards as Astronaut crushed the winless Vipers.

Astronaut’s defense tightened up after getting accustomed to the wet playing conditions early and played superbly thereafter, halting any sustained drive by Space Coast.


– Erik Worsley



BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The win may have been as ugly as the weather, but Holy Trinity head coach Mark Ainsley was perfectly happy.

Johnny Gomez scored the winning touchdown for Holy Trinity with less than 3 minutes to play Friday against Trinity Prep. (Image by Ed PIerce)

His Tigers remain unbeaten at 4-0 after a 14-6 victory over Trinity Prep on Friday, but only after Johnny Gomez scored on a 3-yard quarterback keeper with less than 3 minutes to play.

“I’ll take an ugly win over a pretty loss any time,” Ainsley said after the game. Referring to a first half of injuries and rain, he said, “We lost two offensive linemen early. But we battled through it.”

Trinity Prep, which remains winless at 0-5, started the game well when Michael Wartski scampered 52 yards to set up the Saints at the Tiger 7. The Tigers made a goal line stand but finally gave up a 1-yard score on fourth down by Joe White. The point-after was blocked and the visitors led 6-0 with 5:03 left in the first quarter.

Lightning marked the end of the quarter and the game was delayed 45 minutes.

Holy Trinity finally got on the board with 2:53 left in the half when Nick Hamer ran the ball in from four yards out. The PAT was no good, so the score remained 6-6.

he rain stopped at half-time, but so did the offenses as both teams sputtered. Punter Anthony Cally helped gain Holy Trinity the upper hand in field position with his kicks until the Tigers finally managed to put together another scoring drive.

Freshman Josh Harden, who was the Tigers workhorse all night, broke free on a 20 yard run that took the ball to the Trinity Prep 22. A penalty and six runs  later, the home team got its game-winning score.


– Robert Hughes


DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – Lorenzo Pratt ran for 158 yards and added three touchdowns as Cocoa won its first game of the year over previously unbeaten Warner Christian.

Quarterback Jaelen Knowles directed Cocoa’s ball control offense flawlessly and then Tigers defense limited Warner Christian to a total of five first downs in the game.

Cocoa (1-2) will take on rival Merritt Island next Friday in a showdown at Merritt Island High School.

– Wayne Bowser


BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – Quarterback Nic Smith continues to shine for the young Mustangs and helped lead undefeated Merritt Island to a 38-0 win over visiting Titusville on Friday night.

In the first half Smith ran 22 yards for a Mustangs TD, then minutes later Merritt Island converted a turnover into a field goal and a 10-0 lead.

Smith passed for a 15-yard TD to running back Taquan Kelly and Merritt Island’s lead grew to 22-0.

The Mustangs (4-0) got a safety and led 24-0 at halftime.

Smith hit Johnny Batch for a 67-yard TD pass in the third quarter and from that point there was little the Terriers (1-3) could do.


– Anthony Palermo




BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – Bishop McLaughlin broke open a scoreless game right before halftime with a rushing touchdown and went on to claim their first victory of the season over host Merritt Island Christian 17-0.

With the game played on a soggy field and in a steady drizzle, Bishop McLaughlin (1-3) added a third-quarter field goal and then closed out the scoring with another rushing TD in the fourth quarter to defeat the winless Cougars (0-3).

– Alfred Cook




FERNANDINA BEACH, FLORIDA – After a tough 10-8 loss at home last season to Fernandina Beach, Cocoa Beach had a score to settle and did at in grand style Friday night, taking a 31-21 win over host Fernandina Beach.

David Dessent threw a 41-yard TD pass to Matt Riley to put Cocoa Beach (4-0) up 6-0 early, then running back Jamaal Eveillard scored on a 67-yard run and added a 2-point conversion to give Cocoa Beach a 14-0 advantage.

Dessent threw a 7-yard TD pass for Cocoa Beach in the second quarter and Chandler Myron booted a 25-yard field goal as Cocoa Beach led at halftime 24-7 and held on late on defense to remain undefeated.

For the game, David Dessent went 22 of 29 for 273 yards and 3 TDs.

Jamaal Eveillard rushed for 118 yards on 10 carries, including a 67-yarder.

Boone Lewis had 9 catches for 122 yards and TD.

Up next for Cocoa Beach  is Celebration on the road.


– Frank Ochoa-Gonzales