BREVARD PREP FOOTBALL REPORT: Satellite Scorpions Look to Be ‘Uncommon’ Again in 2018
By Alan Zlotorzynski, Senior Editor // August 8, 2018
will face six brevard teams in 2017, including MCC
ABOVE VIDEO: Space Coast Daily’s Alan Zlotorzynzki continues prep football fall camp reports with a look at the 2018 Satellite Scorpions. Led by the reigning Breakfast of Champions Coach of the Year in Ted Kimmey, the Scorpions are hungry for yet another #uncommon season in 2018. Alan talks with coach Kimmey as well as Beau Cole, JD Arnold, Alex Goodale and Kyle Downie. Alan also speaks with the ladies that keep the guys on the field, the team managers.
BREVARD COUNTY • SATELLITE BEACH, FLORIDA – The 2017 Satellite Scorpions uncommon football season is worth mentioning one more time before we move onto 2018.
Under then new head coach Ted Kimmey the Scorps won eight games, their most since Ronald Reagan was president and followed up their success in the regular season by playing in a postseason game of any kind since Bill Clinton was in office.
For his efforts on and off the field, Kimmey was named the Breakfast of Champions Coach of the Year in all sports and the Space Coast Daily/Friday Night Locker Room Football Coach of the Year.
But this is now 2018 and much has changed in a short period of time for Satellite.
Gone is the 2017 Offensive Player of the Year in QB Noah Mumme. The three-time state pole vaulting champ led the Scorpions offense to an amazing 47 points per game last season scoring 50 plus on four occasions and lighting up the scoreboard for 79 points once last season.
Kimmey is not worried or is he changing the way he runs his offense.
“We will go fast and find the players to fit the system,” Kimmey said.
“We have created a brand and style of football that we like to play and works for us. We will spread it out and go fast. When my coaches want to know what the game plan is for the upcoming week my response is simple and the same, ‘go fast’.”
The Scorpions will have what Kimmey calls a ‘Two-Headed Monster’ at quarterback this season. The future at the position appears to be sophomore John Hinkle.
Last season Hinkle was forced into action after Noah Mumme was injured and Hinkle played well.
He completed 14 of 20 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns in his only start during the Scorpions 50-10 win over rival Cocoa Beach in the Beach Bowl.
Standing 6-feet-3-inches tall and weighing 215-pounds, Hinkle has the size coaches like to see at the quarterback position. Kimmey is hoping he is able to consistently run the up-tempo pick defenses apart offense that the Scorpions became known for last season.
Senior basketball player Cort Green has joined the football team and will make up the second head of the quarterback monster. Green is an exceptional athlete who can beat you with his legs.
He was second on the Scorpions basketball team last season averaging nearly 13-points per game.
The Scorpions return two fast wide receivers in seniors Beau Cole and Alex Goodale. Cole, a First-Team All-County receiver, accounted for a little over 1,000 yards of offense last season and led the team with 15 total touchdowns.
The strength of the unit is the offensive line where Kimmey, who played on the O-Line at Army, can’t help but smile when talking about his five guys up front.
Returning for the Scorpions on the offensive line are seniors Jackson Lacey, Nick Bergeron, Filipe Brugger and junior Spenser Heusinkveld. The only new face up front is junior center, Will Russell.
“These guys are the smartest guys on the team,” Kimmey said. “I’m a firm believer that your offensive lineman should be the smartest guys on the team and these guys are all AP Honors students that collectively carry a 3.9-grade point average.
Defensive coordinator and head strength coach Paul Hodges also likes to play fast and ‘hyper-aggressive’ on defense.
“Our offense and defense complement each other very well,” said Kimmey. “We are going to push you back and create turnovers or you’re going to beat us over the top quickly and then we will tip our cap and put our offense back out on the field.”
Seniors Trevor Fish, Scott Wieand, Luke Bowling and sophomore JJ Vili will anchor Hodges defensive line. The secondary is filled with speed in Cole and Goodale as well as junior Parker Jones and sophomore Gunnar Greenwald.
The defense is captained by junior middle linebacker, JD Arnold.
Arnold is a sideline to sideline hard-hitting tackler who is already arguably the best linebacker in the county.
He takes his leadership role seriously and his character and demeanor off the field are as impressive as his play on it. Arnold has big-time recruiters watching closely.
He has already visited some serious Power 5 schools. Arnold Tweeted out pictures of visits to schools like Florida, Louisville, UCF, Florida State and FAU.
While kickers tend to get no respect, having a great one at any level can be the difference between a winning season and finishing under .500.
The Scorpions are blessed to have what could be the best kicker in the county in Kyle Downie. Already the schools’ record holder for points, the senior is looking to eclipse his brothers distance record at Satellite by making a 52–yard plus field goal this season.
Austin Downie, who also kicked for the Scorpions and graduated in 2014 handled kick-off duties last season for the D3 National champion, University of Mount Union Raiders.
The Scorpions will play as an Independent in District 21 this season. They begin the season at home vs. Space Coast in the Kickoff Classic but then hit the road for five straight games including a trip to Gulf Shores, Alabama on September 14.
Satellite will face six teams from Brevard County this season. The programs big test on how far they’ve come will come October 12 when they travel across the causeway to Babcock street to face Class 3A power MCC.
The combined record of their 2018 opponents in 2017 was 46-54-1.
The Scorpions will be hard pressed to repeat their 8-2 record from 2017. But that doesn’t mean that 6-4 is a step back. There will be a drop off on offense without Noah Mumme under center to start the season but as Hinkle and Green sort out the position, the Scorps should begin to excel.
Coaching matters in high school and as long as Ted Kimmey is walking the sidelines on the beach the Scorpions will always be competitive.
The Scorpions will continue to play and be uncommon. There is no reason Satellite shouldn’t win six of their 10 games this season and that means another postseason bowl game, which Kimmey already said would be the Heroes Bowl on November 9 in Satellite Beach.
FINAL PREDICTION 7-4 (Includes Heroes Bowl Win)
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