By  //  November 10, 2012

Week 11

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Week 11 will be the final games of the 2012 prep football regular season with nine games on the schedule. Next Friday some teams from Brevard will advance to compete in regional quarterfinal playoff games. 


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BREVARD COUNTY • SATELLITE BEACH, FLORIDA – David Dessent threw a trio of touchdown passes on his way to setting a new Brevard County record for passing yards in a season to lead Cocoa Beach to a tight 24-17 win over Satellite on Friday night.

Cocoa Beach quarterback David Dessent sets up to throw a pass during a prep football game at Satellite High School on Nov. 9. Dessent became the all-time single-season passing yardage leader in Brevard County in the game. (Image by Christey Krause)

It was a seesaw battle until Dessent hit Boone Lewis on a short pass over the middle that the receiver managed to take into the end zone with only 3:30 left in the contest.

A pair of Greg Gompers sacks on the final Scorpions possession helped seal the victory for the Minutemen, who also tied a school record for wins as they move to 8-2 on the season.

“It was a battle,” a relieved Cocoa Beach head coach Tony Piccalo said after the game. “Every time we come here, it’s a battle.  They took it to us; they were ready to play. But I’m proud of our guys.”

Cocoa Beach opened the scoring with 3:39 to play in the first quarter when Dessent hit Matt Riley for the first of his two touchdown receptions from five yards out.

Satellite (3-7) responded quickly as Tyler Allen connected on a 35-yard scoring toss to Joey Hibbard, who broke a pair of tackles on his way to the score just 10 seconds into the second quarter to tie the game at 7-7.

After Lance Comer made the first of his two interceptions in the contest with a diving catch at the Minuteman 35, the Scorpions moved in close enough to allow Calvin Smith to kick a 20-yard field goal as time expired in the half to give the home squad a 10-7 advantage.

Satellite’s Cole Schell tries to catch a pass during a prep football game at Satellite High School on Nov. 9. (Image by Christey Krause)

Marvin Conley gave the Minutemen a spark to open the second half with a 51-yard kickoff return that put the ball at the Scorpion 35. The drive ended with a 32-yard field goal by Chandler Myron that again knotted the game at 10-10 midway through the third quarter.

Cole Schell in turn gave Satellite a lift with a 40-yard run to the visitors’ 40 yard line, but Smith recovered a fumble for Cocoa Beach to end that drive and the Minutemen wasted no time in making the Scorpions pay for their mistake.

Dessent found Riley down the sideline on a long pass that the receiver took to the end zone on a 60-yard touchdown that made the score 17-10 with two minutes to play in the third quarter.

A Neal Turner interception, the fourth thrown by Dessent on the night, gave Satellite possession at the Minuteman 47 midway through the final period. And with 5:16 left on the clock, quarterback Tyler Allen found a seam up the middle on his way to a 32-yard running touchdown to tie the game once more at 17-17 for the Scorpions.

Cocoa Beach came right back on the strength of a 30-yard, tackle-breaking run by Jamaal Eveillard that put the ball at the Satellite 17. Dessent threw his final touchdown pass from there on his memorable night, and his Minutemen were able to take back home the surfboard that goes to the winner of the annual Beach Bowl.


 – Robert Hughes


• HERITAGE 55, MCC 14 

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Heritage High didn’t dwell on last week’s 7-6 loss to Palm Bay — at least not for long. The loss ruined both an undefeated season and a championship title in Class 6A, District 13.

MCC quarterback Brandon Ziarno completed 12 of 30 passes for 110 yards and one touchdown in a prep football loss to Heritage at MCC on Nov. 9. (Image by Christey Krause)

On Friday night, the Panthers racked up 401 yards of total offense to roll past Melbourne Central Catholic 55-14 in a non-district football game.
“That was such a big, emotional loss,” said Heritage coach Ajay Ulmer, whose squad improved to 9-1 as it heads into next week’s first-round playoff game on the road against Sebastian River. “It was the kind of loss which can make you stronger. We’re still in the playoffs and we played a good football game tonight.”

The Panthers scored touchdowns on each of their first three possessions to build a 20-0 advantage with 5 minutes, 16 seconds to play in the first quarter. Heritage also scored touchdowns on its first two possesions of the second half to extend its lead to 55-14, which led to a running clock for the rest of the game.

“I’d like to pay a compliment to Coach Ulmer and his staff,” said MCC coach Mike Riazzi, whose squad finished the regular season with a 5-4 record and will play on the road against Ocala Trinity Catholic next week in the Class 3A state playoffs. “It’s been fun to follow them and I’m excited for their success. They’re friends of ours and the rise of their team so fast has been so exciting.”

Heritage, which finished with a 3-1 record in the district, earned the first playoff berth in school history and posted its first winning record. The school opened in Aug. 2009 with ninth and 10th graders before eventually becoming a full-fledged high school.

MCC’s Alec LaFlore powered up the middle 4 yards for a touchdown and Max Erdman kicked the extra point with 5:24 to play in the second quarter as the Hustlers whittled their deficit to 28-14. LaFlore, who finished with 84 yards rushing on 15 carries, gained 19 yards on a run up the middle to move the ball from the MCC 23-yard line to the 42. Two plays later after a penalty pushed the Hustlers back to their 37, Brandon Ziarno found Erdman open on the right side. The sophomore then cut to his left and sprinted to the Heritage 18 to complete the 45-yard pass play.

LaFlore’s 14-yard run to the right on first down set up his scoring run on the ensuing play.

Heritage quickly struck back as Josh Gaines ran 9 yards to the right on first down, and Kalil Owens followed that with what appeared to be a simple run up the middle. But, Owens cut to the left sideline and kept going for a 58-yard touchdown with 4:28 to play in the first half. Left-footed kicker Melvin Boldt converted the extra point to give the Panthers a 35-14 lead.

Linebacker Shane Jones intercepted a pass by Ziarno and returned it to the MCC 29 with 25.6 seconds to play in the second quarter. After a first-down pass was dropped and another pass by Clinton Moxam fell incomplete, Moxam lobbed a pass to Tyris Wooten in the right side of the end zone. Wooten wrestled the ball away from an MCC defender to come up with the 29-yard scoring reception with 13.5 seconds to play in the first half. It was Wooten’s second touchdown reception in the first half. An errant snap foiled the extra-point attempt, but Heritage had extended its first-half lead to 41-14.

“Wooten is a great athlete,” Ulmer said. “We saw a mismatch, and we knew he could outjump their guy.”

Moxam’s 2-yard run up the middle on a quarterback keeper capped a six-play, 59-yard drive with 9:58 to play in the first quarter as the Panthers scored on their first possession. Dedric Witherspoon ran up the middle and cut to the right for a 29-yard gain on Heritage’s second play of the drive. Two plays later, Gaines ran to the right for a 15-yard gain to set up Moxam’s touchdown run on the ensuing play.

Struggling to punt against the wind, Erdman shanked a 10-yard punt as Heritage took over at the MCC 44. Gaines ran to the right for 6 yards to the Hustlers’ 38.

Moxam fooled everybody on the next play as he faked a handoff on what appeared to be a run up the middle and cut to the right side for a 38-yard touchdown. Boldt kicked the PAT to give the Panthers a 14-0 advantage with 6:58 to play in the opening quarter.

MCC couldn’t record a first down on the next series and Erdman again was forced to punt into the wind. The punt, which was not fielded by Heritage, took a bad bounce for MCC when it landed and Heritage took over at the MCC 35 after the 17-yard punt.

After defeating MCC on Friday night, the Heritage Panthers move on to play at Sebastian river next week in the regional quarterfinals. (Image by Derek Suomi)

Moxam threw a 12-yard pass to Wooten on the right side on first down and followed that with a 15-yard pass to Jones on the left side. One play later, Moxam threw an 8-yard scoring strike to Wooten to increase Heritage’s lead to 20-0 with 5:16 to play in the first quarter.

“We looked forward to this challenge,” said Riazzi, whose Hustlers earned a playoff berth with an exciting 22-21 victory against Holy Trinity last week. “We knew they were fast. We needed to see it to get ready for Ocala Trinity Catholic. They’re fast, too. (Heritage’s) backs make people miss, and their linebackers play downhill and are so good.”

Gaines rushed for 100 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries. Heritage finished with 292 yards rushing on 34 carries. Moxam had 71 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries. He also completed 9 of 15 passes for 109 yards and three touchdowns. Owens carried the ball three times for 64 yards and two touchdowns. Witherspoon added 41 yards rushing on five carries.

Ziarno’s 3-yard scoring pass to Alex Ponce on the left side capped a 16-play, 85-yard drive with 29 seconds to play in the first quarter. Erdman kicked the extra point to slice MCC’s deficit to 20-7.

Early in the second quarter, another short punt gave Heritage favorable field position at the MCC 37. Gaines then ran 16 yards to the right on first down to advance the ball to the Hustlers’ 21.

Three plays later on fourth down, Moxam found Witherspoon open in the middle of the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown. Gaines ran for the two-point conversion as Heritage built a 28-7 lead with 7:48 to play in the first half.

MCC came right back on its next possession to whittle the margin to 28-14 on LaFlore’s 4-yard scoring run, but Heritage’s two scoring plays to end the first half were too much for MCC to overcome.

“I’m proud of the way the kids battled,” Riazzi said. “We hoped to get in the end zone a couple more times and hoped to get at least one more stop. But, we live to fight another day. I thought (LaFlore) ran the ball hard for us.”

Ziarno completed 12 of 30 passes for 110 yards and one touchdown. He was intercepted two times.

“This is a good win; MCC has a good offensive team,” Ulmer said. “Our secondary has been strong all year. As you get farther south (in the playoffs), usually what you see, is guys sling it around more.”

Owens scored on a 4-yard run early in the third quarter as Heritage took advantage of a strong punt return to score on its first possession of the second half.

Gaines concluded the scoring with an 11-yard touchdown run with 5:15 to play in the third quarter. Daniel Kuklovsky kicked the PAT to account for the final 55-14 margin.

– Jeff Navin


Bryson Hill 9-yard TD run for Bulldogs. Kick sails wide right. Mel-Hi leads 6-0.

Stangs come roaring back with three second-quarter TDs,

Nic Smith 26 yard TD run. Now 27-6 Mustangs.

Smith throws TD pass to Zacrep.

Blackmon late TD for Bulldogs, who trail 37-13,



– Friday Night Locker Room




Long sustained drive results in 3-yard TD for Antwan Lee. PAT blocked . 6-0 Cocoa.

Cocoa’s Tarean Folston had three TDs on Friday against Rockledge. (Shutterstock image)

Tarean Folston 1 yard TD dive. PAT good, now 13-0 Tigers.

Folston finished with three TDs for the Tigers and Antwan Lee had the other.



 – Friday Night Locker Room



Game officially under way. No score midway through Quarter 1.

Apopka kicker drills 41-yard field goal to give them a 3-0 lead over Bayside still in Quarter 1.

Apopka gets 45-yard punt return for TD and opens up a 17-0 lead. Apopka averaging 54 points against opponents in last six games.

Apoka pounds the ball on long drive into end zone for a score. Apopka leads Bayside 24-7.




 – Larry Brooks





Holy Trinity’s Marques Burgman had a TD on Friday against Jupiter Christian. (Image by David Sanders)

Big first quarter for the Tigers as Johnny Gomez has a TD and so does Daniel Welch. Tigers explosive off the line tonight and Jupiter looks slow and passive.

Johnny Gomez scores his second TD of game to help boost Tigers to a 34-6 lead in Quarter 3.

Gomez throws TD pass to Mike Leary, now 41-6.




– Erik Worsley


Teams trade early TDs as game is tied 7-7.

37-yard FG for Hawks. Viera takes 10-7 lead.

Martinez TD run for Terriers who take 14-10 lead.

Jalen Jackson TD run for Hawks. 17-14 Viera

Water TD run for Tsvl helps Terriers regain lead at 21-17.

Nixon scores for Hawks. Now 24-21 Viera.

Waters TD for Tsvl. Now 27-24 Terriers.

Jackson grabs pass from Cody Dentmon and races to end zone, Viera back on top 31-27.

Josh Wayner throws TD pass to Alec Joyner. Now Terriers lead 34-31.

Wayner takes it in himself for TD. Terriers up 40-31 awaiting PAT. Kick no good. Terriers up 40-31.





– Irene Troutman


Florida Air Academy senior Ryan Riemer caught a TD pass in his final prep game Friday against Christ’s Church Academy. (Image by Christey Krause)

In Jacksonville, Blaze Richardson and Josh Denton have TD runs and Brandon Alderman has two PATs as FAA Falcons grab a 14-0 lead after one quarter of play.

Dwayne Robinson TD run for FAA. At half its 20-0 Falcons lead.

FAA’s Robinson throws TD pass to senior Ryan Riemer, playing in his final high school football game. Now 27-0 Falcons ahead in Quarter 4.

Alex Jasmin intercepts pass for FAA. Then Robinson runs 35 yards for TD. Falcons now lead 34-0.



– Heidi Riemer


The Cougars have scored twice on runs of 45 yards and 18 yards but missed a PAT and lead 13-0 nearing end of Quarter 1. 

Hobbs runs for Cougars TD, now 20-0 MICS.

TD pass for Ocala.

Morgan scores his second TD of game. At halftime its 27-7 MICS.

Caleb Hobbs another TD run for Cougar and then scores his fourth TD run of game minutes later.



– Barry Biddle