ATLANTIC 13, ASTRONAUT 10
In Port Orange, Astronaut led 10-0, but a fourth-quarter Atlantic comeback did the War Eagles in.
QB Trevor Susie’s TD on a quarterback sneak in the third quarter put the War Eagles up 10-0 in the District 5-4A opener.
With the loss, Astronaut falls to 1-3, 0-1, while Atlantic improves to 2-0, 1-0.
Brian McCallum, FLORIDA TODAY
JENSEN BEACH 44, BAYSIDE 7
In Jensen Beach, Bayside’s struggles continue, as their offense sputtered in a loss to Jensen Beach.
Jensen Beach safety Sheridon Archer tackled Dylan Inman in the end zone for a safety to put the Falcons up 2-0 after one quarter.
In the second quarter, Jamien Sherwood returned a punt 54 yards for a touchdown to put Jensen Beach up 9-0.
After another Falcons TD, Bayside finally got on the board before the half as Xavier Hendrix caught a 12-yard pass from Jordan McIlvaine for a TD.
However, Jensen (3-1) continued to put points up on the Bears (0-3) in the second half.
HERITAGE 13, EAU GALLIE 7
In Palm Bay, Heritage scored on a 17-yard pass play from Willie Gaines to Brian Nieves in the final minute for a win over Eau Gallie in the District 14-6A opener for both teams.
Nieves bulled his way into the end zone for the winning touchdown with 41 seconds showing on the clock. The Commodores (2-2, 0-1) took the kickoff and neared midfield, but Ra’Shard Farmer intercepted a pass with 23 seconds to play, sealing the victory.
Heritage (3-1, 1-0) will host Class 8A’s second-ranked team, Kissimmee Osceola next Friday.
Brian McCallum, FLORIDA TODAY
COCOA 49, LAKE HIGHLAND PREP 24
In Cocoa, Cocoa High actually trailed early in this game, but the tigers woke up and took over.
Trailing 10-7 early in the second quarter, the Tigers erupted for 28 unanswered points thanks in large part to senior quarterback Bruce Judson, who passed for 121 yards and ran for 103 yards in the contest.
The South Florida commit connected on an 80-yard scoring bomb to wide receiver Javon Spencer, who outwrestled the Highlander defensive back for the ball, and later scored on a spinning 46-yard quarterback keeper.
Less than a minute later, defensive lineman Dada White scooped up a Lake Highland fumble and rumbled 18 yards for a TD and 35-10 halftime lead.
The Tigers have outscored Lake Highland 179-37 in the past four games of the series, including a 48-6 rout in 2015.
John Janokaitis, For FLORIDA TODAY
PALM BAY 24, ROCKLEDGE 0
In Rockledge, Palm Bay forced six turnovers against the home team.
The Pirates took advantage of two first-half turnovers, scoring 10 points.
The first of their scores came courtesy of a 24-yard field goal by Justin Bellows that followed an interception. The second came following a Pirate fumble recovery as, on 4th-and-9 from the Rockledge 23-yard line, Brown found Dez Arthur on a touchdown pass late in the second quarter.
The game was the District 14-5A opener for both, with Palm Bay improving to 3-0, 1-0, and Rockledge falling to 1-2, 0-1.
Chris Bonanno, FLORIDA TODAY
ST AUGUSTINE 45, MELBOURNE 0
In Melbourne, the only drama in this game is when St. Augustine starting QB Cole Northrop went down with an injury.
It was OK for his team, however, as backup Austin Reed entered the game and promptly threw a 30-yard TD.
Melbourne’s (1-3) offense continues to struggle, which is a bad thing considering the play Palm Bay next week.
St. Augustine improved to 3-1.
Beka Dunst, For FLORIDA TODAY
MERRITT ISLAND 40, SPACE COAST 7
In Merritt Island, the Mustangs took control of the game early, driving 70 yards on just seven plays to claim the lead. After Space Coast (1-3) failed to gain a first down on the ensuing possession, the Mustangs needed just four plays to find the end zone once again on its way to a 23-point opening quarter.
Merritt Island QB James Batch led the first half onslaught throwing for 89 yards and a touchdown. Batch added 41 yards on the ground and a rushing touchdown before he was lifted from the game with 8 minutes remaining in the half. Mason Denaburg took over and played the rest of the game at QB for Merritt Island (2-2).
Patrick Edens, For FLORIDA TODAY
TITUSVILLE 35, SATELLITE 3
In Satellite Beach, both team came in winless. Titusville romped away with its first win of the season.
Titusville quarterback OC Brother finished the night with 165 passing yards and four touchdowns, with three of those scores coming in the first half and landing in the hands of three different Titusville receivers.
It was the District 14-5A opener for both teams. Titusville is 1-3, 1-0, while Satellite is 0-4, 0-1.
David Barkholz, For FLORIDA TODAY
VIERA 13, KATHLEEN 7
In Viera, the host team found a way to win.
Trailing by 4 points in the fourth quarter, QB Tim DeMorat hit Travis Jones for a 45-yard touchdown.
Colton Farrington had two interceptions for Viera and Connor Kaminski added another for the Hawks (3-1), who got a dominating performance from their defense.
Leading 10-7, Trey Schanville sealed the win with a 25-yard field goal to sink Kathleen (2-2)
Carl Kotala, For FLORIDA TODAY
COCOA BEACH 38, HALIFAX ACADEMY 0
In Cocoa Beach, David Demeter continues to impress on a much-improved Cocoa Beach team.
Demeter totaled 202 yards of offense and three touchdowns to lead the Minutemen.
Demeter started the scoring early in the first quarter on a 1-yard run. He later had a 20-yard TD run late in the first, and Cocoa Beach led 15-0 after one.
Demeter closed out his scoring with a 5-yard TD run in the second quarter.
Cocoa Beach improved to 2-2 while Halifax fell to 0-3.
David Demeter, For FLORIDA TODAY
MELBOURNE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 54, HOLY TRINITY 14
In Melbourne, each side had a Valentine brother, but big brother’s team came out on top tonight.
MCC’s Lavonte Valentine scored on a 50-yard run and Holy Trinity’s LaAnthony Valentine scored on a 49-yard run in this rivalry matchup.
The game was tied 7-7 after one quarter, but MCC (4-0) took control in the second quarter with 14 points and wore down a much thinner Holy Trinity (2-1) squad.
MCC’s Lorenzoe Hardy scored three touchdowns, catching a 50-yard pass from Joaquin Collazo in the second quarter, while running for two scores of 3 and 39 yards in the fourth quarter.
Jim Ziarno, For FLORIDA TODAY
INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY 56, MERRITT ISLAND CHRISTIAN 7
In Merritt Island, International Community’s Jarrett Conkling was a one-man wrecking machine in the first quarter, scoring on runs of 8, 7 and 62 yards, while also completing a 46-yard pass for a touchdown. He also threw for a second TD later in the game.
Trailing 36-0 late in the second quarter, Merritt Island Christian finally got on the board when Brodgon Carson threw a 46-yard TD pass to Alec Armstrong.
The win improved International Community to 1-3 while Merritt Island Christian fell to 0-3.