By  //  October 20, 2012

Week 8 Games

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The 2012 prep football season entered Friday night with a slate of 10 games.

Weather was perfect as many teams competed in meaningful district games.




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BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – First Academy’s Lloyd Hylton erased any thoughts Holy Trinity had of claiming the Class 3A, District 4 football title with two touchdown runs during the opening 6 1/2 minutes of Friday’s game. Now, the Tigers can focus on a Nov. 2 road game against Melbourne Central Catholic.

Josh Harden picks up some tough yards for Holy Trinity during a prep football game against First Academy at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy on Oct. 19. (Image by Christey Krause)

“The winner goes to the playoffs and the loser goes to basketball practice,” said Holy Trinity coach Mark Ainsley, whose squad fell to 6-2 overall and 2-1 in the district after the 36-7 home loss. “We’re looking forward to it.”

First Academy, which defeated MCC 52-8 last month, let Hylton do most of the work on its eight-play, 71-yard drive to open the game.

Hylton carried the ball five times for 55 yards, including a 3-yard run to the left for a touchdown on third down and goal.

Landon Scheer kicked the first of his four extra points to give the Royals a 7-0 advantage with 8 minutes, 4 seconds to play in the first quarter.

Hylton, who finished with 121 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, broke two tackles on a 36-yard run to give First Academy (7-0, 3-0) a first down at the Holy Trinity 7 during the opening drive.

Holy Trinity started its first possession at its own 20 after Scheer, who booted five of his six kickoffs into the end zone and another to the 1-yard line, sent his first kickoff of the night into the end zone. Three plays netted just 1 yard for the Tigers, and the Royals regained the football at their own 44 after Anthony Cally’s 35-yard punt.

Curt Cramer threw a simple screen pass to Ben DeLuzio on the right side, but the senior was able to break one tackle as he sprinted down the sideline for an eventual 47-yard gain to the Holy Trinity 9. Colton Plante ran up the middle for 7 yards on first down, and Hylton powered for a 2-yard scoring run on the ensuing play. Scheer booted the PAT as the Royals extended their lead to 14-0 with 5:30 to play in the opening quarter.

Holy Trinity coach Mark Ainsley was impressed with First Academy’s offensive line. (Image by Ed Pierce)

“Their offensive line impressed me the most,” Ainsley said. “It’s not that they don’t have good running backs and a good quarterback. They’re so good up front; their hands are always in the right place. I don’t know who their offensive line coach is, but he’s doing a good job.”

First Academy, which also won the district title last season, totaled 230 yards on 38 carries. Cramer completed 5 of 7 passes for 91 yards, and backup quarterback Fletcher Magee completed 2 of 3 passes for 45 yards.

“There’s no such thing as a moral victory,” Ainsley said. “I’ll be upset tomorrow and I hope (my players) will be upset, too. It shouldn’t have ever been 36-0. We had a screen pass where we could have scored and we missed a block on a reverse that might have gone for a touchdown. They’re a little better than us, but not that much better. Leroy (Kinard) probably is a little better head coach than me. We needed to put our kids in a better position to do some things on motions or sweeps.”

Holy Trinity’s most electrifying play of the night came late in the fourth quarter after Magee’s fourth-down pass from the Holy Trinity 37 fell incomplete. Two running plays went for no gain and quarterback Daniel Welch was sacked for a 4-yard loss on third down at the Tigers’ 33.

On fourth down, Welch completed a short pass to Nick Hamer on the right side. Hamer then flipped the ball to Josh Harden, who sprinted down the right sideline to complete the 67-yard, hook-and-ladder scoring play. John Bacon kicked the extra point for the Tigers with 2:48 remaining in the game.

“It’s just something we came up with about three weeks ago,” Ainsley said. “It’s a way to keep the kids’ heads on during a Wednesday practice. It worked well and gave our fans something to clap about.”

Kinard was impressed with the touchdown.

Holy Trinity’s Jamwes Lovett and J’Von Butler team uop to bring down a First Academy runner during a prep football game at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy on Oct. 19. (Image by Christey Krause)

“It’s just a good football play,” Kinard said. “They’re young; when (Holy Trinity) becomes more mature, they will be a hard team to beat. They’re a good, physical team. They’re probably as good as anybody that’s gone against us.”

Welch completed 8 of 15 passes for 133 yards. First Academy held Holy Trinity to 50 yards rushing on 21 carries.

Cally’s 52-yard punt from the Tigers’ 10 and a clipping penalty on the return forced First Academy to start from its own 39 with 7 minutes to play in the second quarter. Hylton ran the ball two consecutive times for gains of 13 yards and 29 yards as the Royals quickly moved to the Holy Trinity 19.
Cramer’s pass to DeLuzio on the right led to an 8-yard gain, and Plante ran 10 yards up the middle to the Holy Trinity 1. DeLuzio, who also is a baseball standout, then ran 1 yard up the middle for a touchdown with 5:11 to play in the first half. Instead of attempting to kick the extra point, First Academy sent Garrett Williams to the left for a successful two-point conversion run and a 22-0 lead.

“We capitalized a few times when they were out of position,” Kinard said. “We really read their defense well. All of those plays were in our playbook. We didn’t try to show anything different.”

First Academy stopped Holy Trinity on downs to begin the second half and took possession at the Tigers’ 35 after a shanked 22-yard punt. Hylton ran 5 yards to the right, and Plante followed with a 5-yard run to the left for a first down.

Cramer then lofted a 25-yard scoring pass to M.J. Mathis in the middle of the end zone, and Scheer kicked the extra point to give the Royals a 29-0 lead with 9:18 to play in the third quarter.

Mathis scored his second touchdown of the game with 2 seconds to play in the third quarter on a 32-yard run where he ran to the right, broke one tackle as he cut to his left and avoided a last-ditch, shoestring-tackle attempt inside the 5-yard line. Scheer’s PAT gave First Academy a commanding 36-0 advantage.

Both teams played the game on a sad note. Holy Trinity donated proceeds from the game to Ainsley’s wife, Katie, who is battling breast cancer. The brother of First Academy assistant coach Ricky Argro died during a home invasion earlier in the week.

– Jeff Navin



Nic Smith puts Mustangs on his shoulders (and arm) and takes final yards into end zone himself for Merritt Island TD. Mustangs lead 7-0 as final seconds of first quarter tick off.

The extra week off he prepare has Mustangs fired up. Josh Studstill breaks off a 20-yard TD run as Merritt Island increases their lead to 14-0.

Smith hits Mikey Owens for a TD pass and puts Mustangs up by three touchdowns, 21-0.

War Eagles not dead yet. QB Tez Keels takes a step back and then draws up the middle 65 yards for a TD, now 21-6 Merritt Island ahead, PAT kick fails.

Smith passes for TD to Taquan Kelly, MI coach Jeff McLean is sporting a wide grin leading 28-6.

Studstill powers in for another Merritt Island TD, the game is unexpected as Mustangs lead 35-6.

War Eagles score, but it was too little too late, 35-12 Merritt Island.

– Friday Night Locker Room




• COCOA 31, JONES 24 


Adams field goal for Cocoa, Tigers lead Orlando Jones 3-0.

Antwan Lee 5-yard TD run, now 10-0 Cocoa.

Jones receiver scores on  simple crossing pattern for a 55-yard TD reception. Penalties back up PAT and passs fails. Now Cocoa 10, Jones 6.

Taurean Folston

Lorenzo Pratt 10-yard run and Cocoa leads 17-6 nearing halftime.

Heeman Whitfield runs 15 yards for a Jones TD. 2-pt. conversion fails. Cocoa still up 17-12.

Tarean Folston 6-yard TD run and Adam tacks on PAT. Now 24-12 Cocoa.

Jones scores again, but misses another 2-point conversion. Cocoa holding on 24-18.

TD pass for Jones, yet again another 2-pt. conversion for Jones fail. But game is now tied 24-24.

Folston runs 32 yards for TD. O-line block works to perfection in springing Folston straight up the field. Adams PAT.

Tigers lead Orlando Jones 31-24 with just over a minute remaining.

– Friday Night Locker Room







Back and forth first quarter with each squad’s defense playing prominently. It 0-0 going to Quarter 2.

Dedric Witherspoon carries in for a short yardage TD as Panthers cap off long drive to take lead 7-0.

Clinton Moxam pounds ball in from the 1 and Heritage leads 13-0.

INT Shane Jones and TD return, now 20-0 Heritage.

Lucious McKay passes for TD to cut Panthers lead to 19-7.

McKay throws 26-yard TD to Kory Schick, cutting Panthers lead to 19-13.

McKay throws yet another TD pass, this time to Rger Bush, PAT is good and for first time tonight, the Bears are ahead, 20-19.

Panthers boot 41-yard field goal to take lead back, 22-20.

– Irene Troutman




Florida Air’s Alex Jasmin ended a scoring threat by Trinity Christian with a fumble recovery on the 1-yard line at the end of Quarter 1.

Trinity Christian second quarter TD puts them up at half 7-0. At end of 3rd Quarter, host Trinity Christian leads FAA, 14-0.

Dwayne Robinson passes for a TD to Jasmin. Abiut 5 minutes left to play and FAA trails 14-7.

Falcons fall apart in last five minutes to fall 23-7 to Trinity Christian.

– Heidi Riemer




BREVARD COUNTY • SATELLITE BEACH, FLORIDA – Satellite’s defense couldn’t quite pitch its second straight shutout, but it still dominated in the Scorpions’ 29-12 win Friday.

A trio of 32-yard field goals from freshman phenom Logan Williams and two long touchdown completions from Cole Schell helped the home squad carry a 23-0 lead into the fourth quarter.

A pair of rather spectacular touchdown receptions of their own enabled the Vipers to make the game closer by the end, however.

Jimmy Guseman made a leaping catch of a 14-yard touchdown pass from Nick Rittenhouse with 10 minutes to play. And another Rittenhouse pass looked like it was going to be intercepted before its deflection landed in the hands of  Austin Lewis, who scored from 56 yards out with under three minutes to play.

The Scorpions gradually pulled away in the first three quarters.

A nice over-the-shoulder 33-yard catch by Joey Hibbard set up the first Williams field goal with 3:44 to play in the first quarter.

With a win over Space Coast, Coach Andrew Disney’s Satellite Scorpions are now 4-4 on the season. (Image by Ed Pierce)

A 61-yard punt by Scorpion Bryan Ydo on one of his patented “faked fake” kicks on the run highlighted the back-and-forth action of the second quarter before  a 33-yard touchdown pass from Schell to Calvin Smith gave Satellite a 10-0 lead

A J.R. Norman fumble recovery at the Space Coast 15 set up Williams’ second field goal to give the Scorps a 13-0 cushion just before the half.

Williams opened the second half with another field goal and Schell connected with Eric Wright on a 46-yard pass play for a touchdown to give Satellite a 23-0 lead going into the final period.

The Scorpions slowed themselves with a number of penalties, one of which left them forced to punt from deep in the endzone that only made it to their own 12 yard line.

Space Coast quickly took advantage for their first scoring toss that Guseman had to sky for.

Satellite back-up quarterback Tyler Allen answered with under four minutes left in the game with an 18 yard touchdown pass to Hibbard before Lewis’ catch off the deflection closed the scoring at 29-12.

The win evens Satellite’s record at 4-4 while Space Coast falls to 1-7.

– Robert Hughes



Hawks holding their own tonight on a quest to win first game of year. Viera leads 14-7 , thanks to Cory Dentmon after first quarter.

Completely opposite in second quarter as PSL scores two TDs to take seven-point lead at halftime.

Viera’s defense unable to hold Port St. Lucie although Dentmon almost got the Hawks even late.

– Larry Brooks




Traven Phillips gets Raiders on scoreboard with TD run. Rock up 7-0.

Phillips crosses goal line again for Raiders on 5-yard run. Now 14-0 Rock.

Adler shuttle pass to Xavier Edwards and he scroes as Rock goes up 21-0 over Terriers.

Carter runs for another TD and Raiders now up 34-0 as 4th quarter nears.

Waters scores TD for Terriers in final minutes.

– Wayne Bowser



Cougars break on top with early field goal. MI Christian trying to send Seffner Christian to fourth straight loss.

Seffner Christian rallies late to top Cougars 24-23.

It was the first loss for Merritt Island Christian in the last four games.

The contest was played at Armwood High School.

– Staff Reports



The Minutemen’s Matt Riley opened the scoring for Cocoa Beach just 25 seconds in to the game by dashing around the right end into the flat and and dashes into the end zone for a 25-yard TD. Cocoa Beach leads early, 7-0.

Cocoa Beach quarterback David Dessent led the Minutemen to a win over Lake Highland Prep on Friday night. (Image by Richard Herron)

Teams trade second-quarter TDs, Lake Highland had knotted the score at 7-7 on a short run, but Cocoa Beach defense converts turnover into points as Minutemen regain 14-7 lead.

Antoine Griifn gets Minutemen’s third TD on a sweet grab and go, Beach rolling & ahead 21-7. Highlanders answer with a long drive and TD, now 21-14.

David Dessent runs for a Beach TD and Minutemen up at half 25-14.

Jamaal Eveillard scores huge TD as Cocoa Beach now up 42-21 in fourth quarter.

Dessent runs for yet another TD tom open fourth quarter, Minutemen up 49-27.

Dessent pass for TD to Riley, now 56-27 Cocoa Beach.

– D’Allene Lemoyne Brdderick