By  //  October 29, 2012

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Week 9

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – A slate of six games that were postponed from last Friday night are on the prep football schedule for Monday night.

Many games were switched or postponed as Hurricane Sandy passed by about 200 miles east of Brevard County in the Atlantic Ocean.





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BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Dan Burke really didn’t know what to expect. School had been canceled Friday because of Hurricane Sandy, as well as the pivotal Class 6A, District 13 football clash at home against Bayside.

Palm Bay’s B.J. Ross rushed for 97 yards and one touchdown and also caught three passes for 45 yards and one touchdown Monday night in a prep football game against Bayside High. (Image by Christey Krause).

And, the longtime Palm Bay High football coach isn’t a fan of Monday Night Football at the high school level. He’d rather watch it on television and let the National Football League have a monopoly on the night.

There was no need to worry as the Pirates clinched their 17th consecutive playoff berth with a 43-14 victory against the Bears. This Friday, Palm Bay hopes to earn its 13th district title during that same span when it travels to Heritage to take on the Panthers, who defeated Melbourne 39-6 Monday to improve to 8-0 overall and 3-0 in the district. Palm Bay is 5-3 overall and 3-0 in the district.

“We got off to a good start and we were able to take advantage of their mistakes,” said Burke, who has guided Palm Bay to the playoffs in each of his 17seasons as head coach and to two state titles in 2000 and 2002. “I can’t speak for Bayside, but I know it’s tough to come out on a Monday and play. We haven’t practiced and seen the kids since Thursday. There also was the change in weather. This isn’t like the NFL where they have meetings every day.”

Bayside, which fell to 3-5 overall and 2-2 in the district, turned the ball over four of the first five times it had possession as Palm Bay scored on each of its first four possessions to forge a 26-0 lead just one play into the second quarter.

“I was pleased with the interceptions,” Burke said. “We were successful with a few things that we ran at them.”

Bayside’s Darion Andre caught a third-down pass from quarterback Lucious McKay on the right side on the Bears’ first possession and might have been ableto continue on for a first down. But, a hard hit on the play induced a fumble and Tyrin Sanders scooped up the ball and sprinted down the sideline to the Bayside 16. A personal foul assessed against the Bears on the play gave Palm Bay a first down at the Bayside 8-yard line.

Leroy Berry, who finished with 64 yards on 20 carries, ran 8 yards for a touchdown on first down to give the Pirates a 6-0 advantage with 10 minutes, 20 seconds to play in the first quarter.

Bayside quarterback Lucious McKay ran for an 11-yard TD and threw a 22-yard scoring pass to D.J. Johnson in a prep football game Monday against Palm Bay. (Image by Christey Krause)

After forcing Bayside to punt after a bad snap on third down led to a 6-yard loss, Palm Bay took over at its own 43. Berry ran two consecutive times for 5 and 4 yards.

Bayside was expecting another run by Berry on third down and inches, but B.J. Ross powered up the middle and cut to the left sideline fora 48-yard touchdown run. Palm Bay missed its second consecutive extra-point kick, but it held a 12-0 lead with 7:20 to play in the opening quarter.

Sekai Linsey intercepted McKay’s second-down pass on the ensuing possession to give the Pirates possession at the Bayside 37. Linsey finished with two interceptions.

After a fumbled handoff on a reverse led to a 6-yard loss on second down, Brian Fallace’s 13-yard pass to Ross on the left side set up a fourth-and-1 at the Bayside 28. Berry then powered up the middle for 6 yards to the 22 as Palm Bay’s gamble paid off. Six plays later, Fallace faked a handoff on a fake reverse and found Ross wide open in the right side of the end zone for a touchdown. Moses Gonzales kicked the PAT to extend the Pirates’ lead to 19-0.

McKay’s first-down screen pass was tipped and nearly intercepted on the ensuing possesion. On the next play, Josh Best intercepted McKay’s pass on the left side and returned it 26 yards from the Bayside 34 to the 8.

Two plays later on the first possession of the second quarter, Caleb Alves snatched the ball away from a Bayside defender in the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown reception from Fallace. Gonzales kicked the extra point to give the Pirates a 26-0 lead.

“Palm Bay’s defense was really tough,” said McKay, who completed 14 of 28 passes for 84 yards, but was intercepted four times. “They were good and theywere aggressive. Their defense was able to pick up on our mistakes on offense. They had a way of making you keep making mistakes.”

Palm Bay’s Jordan Booth recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, but the Bears sacked Fallace for a 5-yard loss on first down, a second-down pass fell incomplete and Fallace’s third-down pass was intercepted as Bayside took over at its own 43.

McKay completed consecutive passes to Kory Schick for 10 yards and 8 yards, and Scott Willis powered up the middle on a draw for a 24-yard gain to the Palm Bay 11. McKay then ran 11 yards for a touchdown and Jarret Baron kicked the extra point to whittle Palm Bay’s lead to 26-7 with 8:28 to lay in the second quarter.

Leroy Berry of Palm Bay ran for 64 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown in a prep football game against Bayside on Monday. (Image by Christey Krause)

Palm Bay was unable to record a first down, but James Gilbert’s 43-yard punt gave Bayside bad field position at its own 5. William Harrell was stopped for a 1-yard loss on a fake punt on fourth-down-and-4, and that costly gamble led to Palm Bay’s fifth touchdown of the first half.

Berry ran three times for 1, 3 and 5 yards, and Fallace’s 1-yard scoring run on fourth down pushed the margin to 33-7 after Gonzales kicked the extra point with 3:16 to play.

McKay’s 22-yard scoring pass to D.J. Johnson and Baron’s extra point narrowed the margin to 33-14 with 53 seconds to play in the third quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, McKay was pressured in the end zone and nearly sacked for a safety. Instead, his short pass was intercepted by Sanders at the 6 and returned for a touchdown. Gonzales kicked the PAT to give the Pirates a 40-14 lead with 11:15 to play in the fourth quarter.

Gonzales kicked a 29-yard field goal with 5:12 to play in the game to extend Palm Bay’s lead to 43-14.

Ross rushed for 97 yards and one touchdown on five carries. He also caught three passes for 45 yards and one touchdown. Fallace completed 4 of 10 passes for 51 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for one touchdown. Palm Bay finished with 173 yards rushing on 42 carries.

Harrell led the Bears with 54 yards on 10 carries. Bayside finished with 94 yards rushing on 27 carries. Besides the four interceptions, Bayside lost two of four fumbles and repeatedly had trouble fielding Palm Bay’s kickoffs.

– Jeff Navin





The Minutemen have three TD pass receptions in the first quarter to take a huge 21-0 lead.

Cocoa Beach quarterback David Dessent threw six touchdown passes in the Minutemen’s victory over Eau Gallie in prep football on Monday night. (Image by Christey Krause)

Cocoa Beach’s David Dessent has thrown TD passes of 2 yards to Manny Shaw, 29 yards to his favorite target Boone Lewis and an 80-yard bomb to speedy Jamaal Evillard to account for the first quarter scores.

Jordan Benton races in for a TD for the Commodores, who cut the Minutemen’s lead to two touchdowns, 21-7, early in the second quarter.

Clock winds up first half with Cocoa Beach leading Eau Gallie 21-7.

Dessent passes 9 yards to Matt Riley for a Minutemen TD.

Just before the third quarter ends, Eau Gallie’s Kelvin Pruitt runs in for an 8-yard touchdown, the PAT kick is blocked though. Pruitt also had a huge 68-yard reception on a pass from Torrance Brown earlier to set up the Commodores first scoring opportunity.

At end of three quarter, Cocoa Beach up 28-13.

Boone Lewis has scored again on 43-yard TD pass from Dessent. Now 35-12 Minutemen.

Brown scores on a 4-yard run to make it 35-19 Cocoa Beach. Once again, Eau Gallie’s PAT fails. Now 35-19 Cocoa Beach.

Dessent throws his sixth TD pass of the game, this time a 20-yard strike to Antoine Griffin. Minutemen now leading 42-19.


– Irene Troutman




The Heritage running game is in fine form tonight, getting rushing TDs of 50 and 4 yards from Josh Gaines, another of 12 yards from Dedric Witherspoon and  a 38-yard scamper by Clinton Moxam.

Bulldogs have been stymied on offense by Panthers front four.

Bryson Hill gets Melbourne on scoreboard in the second quarter with a rushing TD, but two-point conversion fails.  Heritage ahead 25-6.

Tyris Wooten takes option pass 59 yards for TD from Clinton Moxam. Heritage crushing Melbourne 39-6.




– Mark Lomas




Penalties  have taken the Raiders completely out of the game. Six so far and counting.

Brandon Wright has two rushing TDs for the War Eagles. Two more costly penalties hurt the Raiders, who have to settle for just a first-half field goal.

Raiders run for six and tack on PAT. Recovering a Astronaut turnover, Raiders unable to connect on a long field goal attempt. 21-10 Astro.

Alex Adler passes for a fourth-quarter Raiders TD, cutting the War Eagles lead to 21-17 with 11 minutes remaining. On ensuing kickoff, War Eagles fumble at the 20 and the ball is recovered by Rockledge.

Adler hooks up with Joe Brown on a TD pass making it 23-21 in favor of the Rock. Just 8 minutes left to play.




– Larry Brooks



Kickoff at 6 p.m. in an early start on a chilly evening at Titusville High.

After playing to a scoreless first quarter with plenty of three-and-outs on both sides, Satellite gets onn the scoreboard first with a field goal from freshman Logan  Williams with just over 3 minutes left to play in the first half.

The Terriers came right back and crossed the goal line at 1:28 left in the first half for six points when Jaleel Davis ran 10 yards off-tackle shaking off some tough Scorpion defenders.

Seconds before the half ends, Titusville boots a field goal after a turnover gave the Terriers great field position.

At halftime Titusville leads Satellite 10-3.

Cole Schell’s pass for Satellite is intercepted by the Terriers. QB Josh Wayner dishes to Tommy Cobb, who races 44 yards fo a TD. PAT fail. Now 16-3 Terriers.

Cole Schell ineffective at QB for Scorps so he is lifted for Tyler Allen.

Allen goes nowhere in his first two series under center for Satellite.

With just a little more thaj a minute left to play, Allen fins Joey Hibbard in the end zone for a 48-yard TD, cutting the Terriers lead to 16-10.

Scorps recover onside kick as clock continues to run. Now under a minute left to play. Satellite takes three tries for six to tie it. All passes fail.

Final Titusville 16, Satellite 10.




– Wayne Bowser


Antwan Lee has two rushing TDs and Lorenzo Pratt scored twice on a 47-yard pass reception and a 64-yard punt return.

Antwan Lee scored three touchdowns in Cocoa’s 58-0 win over Potter’s House in prep football on Monday night. (Image courtesy Friday Night Locker Room)

Tarean Folston ran 60 yards for another score, while the Cocoa defense has recorded a sack.

All of this barrage in the first quarter and we’re just starting the second quarter with the Tigers in front 37-0.

Folston runs for another TD as Cocoa takes a 44-0 lead.

A third-quarter TD for the Tigers makes it 51-0 with a running clock.

Antwan Lee scores yet another TD for Cocoa running through a huge hole sprung for him by the Tigers’ line.

Cocoa wins 58-0.






– Jan Ehemann