In a key Class 3A, District 6 contest, the Melbourne Central Catholic Hustlers rolled up 466 yards of offense and scored eight touchdowns to defeat the Holy Trinity Tigers 54-14 Friday evening at Hustler Stadium.
On their opening possession the Hustlers wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as QB Joaquin Collazo connected with Levi Wilson for a 67-yard touchdown pass on the third play from scrimmage. The Tigers responded as LaAnthony Valentine broke loose on a 49-yard touchdown run to tie the score.
“We were able to keep up with them early, but they’re (MCC) a very good team,” said Tiger Coach Nate Hooks “We had a tough time keeping up with their receivers.”“We‘ll just get back to work and get ready for next week”
On the Hustlers’ ensuing possession Collazo quickly took advantage of a Tiger miscue as he connected on a 40-yard touchdown pass with Levi Wilson. Will McKegg added the extra point giving MCC a 14-7 lead with 2:56 remaining in the half. On the Tigers’ next possession they again fumbled the ball over to the Hustlers as Jayden Gonzalez recovered the ball at midfield. It was déjà vu as Collazo again needed only a single play to extend MCC’s lead as he completed a 50-yard touchdown pass to Lorenzo Hardy giving MCC a 21-7 lead at the intermission.
“We executed well tonight,” said MCC Coach Stacy Sizemore. “We’re starting to play consistent on both sides of the bal.l”
The Hustlers added five more touchdowns in the second half which led to a running clock in the fourth quarter. Collazo completed the game with 240 yards passing and three touchdowns, while Lorenzo Hardy caught a 50-yard pass from Collazo and added touchdown runs of 3 and 39 yards.
Next week both teams get a rest from district play as MCC (2-0, 0-0) will travel to Lake Butler to face the Union County Fightin’ Tigers, while Holy Trinity (2-0, 0-0) will host Cambridge Christian.
Holy Trinity 7 0 7 0 — 14
MCC 7 14 13 20 — 54
MCC Levi Wilson 67 pass from Joaquin Collazo, McKegg kick MCC 7-0 10:52
HT: LaAnthony Valentine 49 run, McKegg kick MCC 7-7 8:50
MCC Levi Wilson 40 pass from Joaquin Collazo, McKegg kick MCC 14-7 2:20
MCC Lorenzo Hardy 50 pass from Joaquin Collazo, Kick Failed MCC 21-7 2:20
MCC Bryce Fielding 55 run, Pass Failed MCC 27-7 2:20
HT: Seth Coleman 65 yard Kick Off Return, Carlo Campanini Kick, MCC 27-14 3:30
MCC: Pavis Gray 3 pass from Joaquin Collazo, McKegg kick MCC 34-14 1:45
MCC Lorenzo Hardy 3 run McKegg kick MCC 40-14 10:51
MCC Lavonte Valentine 50 run Kick Failed MCC 47-14 6:10
MCC Lorenzo Hardy 39 run McKegg kick MCC 54-14 2:14
At Melbourne Central Catholic, Melbourne
Record: Holy Trinity (2-1); MCC (4-0)
Next week: Cambridge Christian at Holy Trinity, 7 p.m.; MCC at Union County, 7 p.m.
Full game report: http://on.flatoday.com/2d7amxd
Jim Ziarno, for FLORIDA TODAY