PREP FOOTBALL: Kickoff Classic Game Coverage
By Space Coast Daily // August 23, 2014
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Space Coast area high schools enter the 2014 football season and SpaceCoastDaily.com’s incomparable team of experts offer their insight and prognostications below on this Friday’s games.
SpaceCoastDaily.com’s team of prep football gurus includes recruiting expert Rae Kameka, Friday Night Locker Room’s Orville Susong, Steve Wilson and Anthony Nachreiner, and SpaceCoastDaily.com’s Matt O’Hern, Charles Parker and Rhett Lighthall.
JAMBOREE GAMES FOR FRIDAY, AUG. 22
Merritt Island 3, Viera 14 (Final)
ABOVE VIDEO: Viera coach Kevin Mays recaps Hawks’ win over Merritt Island.
ABOVE VIDEO: On Merritt Island’s final drive, Viera forces and recovers a fumble.
ABOVE VIDEO: In one of the most controversial plays of the game, referees ruled Merritt Island’s wide receiver out of bounds after his catch in the end zone.
ABOVE VIDEO:Merritt Island’s field goal attempt hits the cross bar.
VIERA, FLORIDA – Before the game, Viera Hawks coach Kevin Mays said that he was ready “to cut loose” running back Zach Blanch. And Blanch did not disappoint. He scored at the 9:31 mark in the fourth quarter – after three straight runs of 10, 5, and 3 yards – to give Viera their 14-3 margin of victory over Merritt Island.
After a scoreless first quarter, Viera reached the end zone with 1:09 left in the half after a 27-yard pass from quarterback Hayden Kingston to wide receiver Tre Nixon.
Merritt Island came back on their first possession of the second half with a 35-yard Dylan Barnas field goal to close the lead to 7-3 at the 6:04 mark. The Mustang’s 47-yard drive was highlighted by quarterback Kyle Coleman two first down runs of 11 and 15 yards.
Merritt Island threatened late with an apparent 33-yard pass from Coleman to Jim Batch, but it was ruled out-of-bounds by the officials. A subsequent 50-yard field goal from Barnas hit the crossbar.
– Charles Parker
Bayside 34, Astronaut 14 (Final)
Space Coast 20, Satellite 13 (Final)
Lafayette 49, Cocoa Beach 0 (Final)
Rockledge 15, Eau Gallie 14 (Final)
Holy Trinity 36, Liberty 0 (Final)
Titusville 19, Melbourne 0 (Final)
ABOVE IMAGES: The Titusville Terriers came out strong against the Melbourne Bulldogs Friday night as the defense was able to keep the Bulldogs out of the endzone for a 19-0 shut out. (Rhett Lighthall images)
MCC 46, Leonard 16 (Final)
Vero Beach 44, Palm Bay 21 (Final)