FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS: High School, College, NFL Seasons Leave Fans Wanting More
By Alan Zlotorzynski, Senior Editor // September 26, 2018
Surprises, upsets, high scoring at every level
ABOVE VIDEO: Watch the replay of the instant classic between the Viera Hawks and Cocoa Tigers. The teams combined for 91 points and an astounding 1,145 total yards of offense. Viera had 648 while Cocoa amassed 497.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA– The high school football season is entering Week 6, the college football season Week 5 and the NFL season hits the quarter pole this weekend.
Whether you’re happy with your team (Dolphins fans) or deeply disappointed (FSU Fans), one thing we can all agree on is that all three levels of football have been exciting, unpredictable and high scoring.
In Brevard, at the high school level, teams like the Space Coast Vipers are 3-1 while powerhouses like Viera and Cocoa are 2-3 and 2-2 respectively.
In the college ranks, no one thought the Florida State Seminoles were College Football Playoff contenders but I don’t think anyone thought the Seminoles would get thumped by Virginia Tech and Syracuse and need the fourth quarter to beat FCS opponent Samford.
On the flip side, the undefeated UCF Knights are the highest ranked team representing Florida in D1 and the Florida Tech Panthers are 3-1 and nearly defeated the No.8 ranked team in all of D2 football this past Saturday.
In the NFL, all three Florida teams started the season 2-0 for the first time since 1997. However, after Week 3, only the Miami Dolphins remain unbeaten after the Jags and Bucs both lost games at home this past week.
The Dolphins are 3-0 for the first time since 2013 which is subsequently the last time they possessed a winning record after three weeks.
From Viera beating Cocoa to the Buffalo Bills thumping the Vikings in Minnesota as 11-point underdogs, this season has been hard to predict from week to week. These outcomes should remind all of us that anything can happen on any given Friday, Saturday or Sunday on the gridiron.
FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS:
ABOVE VIDEO: Space Coast Daily’s Alan Zlotorzynzki and Orville Susong of the Friday Night Locker Room speak with Viera Hawks head coach Derek Smith, as well as the Players of the Game, QB Bryce Norton (500 total yards, 7 TD’s) and WR Shamaar Mohr, 6 catches for 182 yards and 2 scores.
500: Viera Sophomore quarterback Bryce Norton has piled up some very impressive numbers in his first year under center for the Hawks. Norton amassed 500 total yards of offense in the Hawks 49-42 instant classic win over the Cocoa Tigers last Friday.
7: Norton also factored in all seven Viera touchdowns as he passed for four, rushed for two and caught a 15-yard TD pass from Sean Atkins. Norton is second in the state of Florida in total yards (1,880) and yards per game (376). He is fourth overall with 1,368 passing yards. Norton has also factored in 14 of the Hawks 20 offensive TD’s this season. (9 passing, 4 rushing, 1 receiving)
1,145: The Hawks and Tigers put on quite a show Friday night in Viera. The teams combined for 91 points and an astounding 1,145 total yards of offense. Viera had 648 while Cocoa amassed 497.
.417: This season saw eight new head coaches take over Brevard County teams. The combined record of those teams is 15-21 for a .417 winning percentage. The surprise of the group has to be the Space Coast Vipers who are 4-1 under new head coach Matt Diesel.
39: The Florida Tech Panthers defense is a big reason why the team is 3-1 to start the season. The Panthers have technically allowed 55 points and have scored 16. The ‘unofficial’ difference is 39 points the unit has technically surrendered.
42: Former Astronaut War Eagle JT Hassell leads the Panthers and the Gulf South Conference with 42 total tackles this season. If you’re keeping track at home that’s 10 per game.
16: Following Friday’s win over FAU, the Knights have won 16 straight games, dating back to the start of the 2017 season. It’s the longest win streak in the nation, the longest in program history and the longest in American Athletic Conference history.
13: Thanks to their winning streak and another big offensive performance, the Knights moved up to No.13 in the AP Top 25 Poll. The only other team from the Sunshine State ranked in the Top 25 is Miami, ranked No.16.
102: As the NFL wraps up the first quarter of the 2018 season, three undefeated teams remain – The Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, and Los Angeles. While a fast start is helpful, it does not guarantee you a trip to the postseason. Since 1990, when the current 12-team playoff format was adopted, 102 of the 138 teams (73.9 percent) to start 3-0 have qualified for the postseason.
16: While the Dolphins are unbeaten at 3-0, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars are 2-1. The last time all three Florida NFL teams were 2-1 or better after three weeks was 16 years ago in 2002. Ironically, the Fins, Bucs, and Jags all possessed the same record they each have after three weeks this season.
23: The last time the Dolphins started 4-0 Don Shula was the head coach and Dan Marino the quarterback. It was 23 years ago in 1995 when the Fins won their first four then lost three straight and finished 9-7 losing to Buffalo in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.
14: Not all hope is lost if your team doesn’t have a winning record. 14 teams enter Week 4 with a sub-.500 record, but hope still remains. Since 1990, 74 teams with a losing record after the first three games made the playoffs, including the 2017 New Orleans Saints, who became the first team in the Super Bowl era to win its next eight games immediately following an 0-2 start.
168: If scoring seems up in the NFL it’s not your imagination. As the league enters the quarter turn, quarterbacks across the NFL continue to shine. Entering Week 4, league-wide passing numbers continue to trend at a record pace, as the marks for completions (2,248), completion percentage (65.5 percent), touchdown passes (168) and passer rating (93.2) are all the highest in NFL history through the first three weeks of a season.
473.3: Tampa Bay’s offense leads the NFL averaging 473.3 net yards per game.
Join Space Coast Daily’s Alan Zlotorzynski Wednesday night at 10:00 p.m. for ‘Talking Football’ on Space Coast Daily TV. Stay Tuned to Space Coast Daily for all local high school, college, and NFL news and notes.
Week 6 High School Schedule (Space Coast Daily TV Games in Bold)
• Astronaut at Port Orange Atlantic
• Space Coast Vipers at Titusville Terriers
• Merritt Island Mustangs at Palm Bay Pirates
• Melbourne Bulldogs at Viera Hawks
• Eau Gallie Commodores at Bayside Bears
• Cocoa Tigers at Glades Central
• Heritage Panthers at Okeechobee Kowboys
• Holy Trinity Tigers at Orlando Christian Prep
• Ocala Christian at Merritt Island Christian Cougars
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