The great thing about a matchup between two 0-3 teams is one of them will get their first win. Unfortunately, that also means the other will not.
Thanks to big plays through the air and a tough defense that refused to give up yards, Titusville easily spoiled Satellite’s homecoming night, defeating the Scorpions 35-3 in both teams’ first District 14-5A game of the season.
Terriers 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.
While it was their passing attack that would eventually take over the game, it was defensive lineman Jared Bovian who got things started for the Terriers, coming up with an interception deep in Scorpion territory.
A snap over the head of Brothers would push the Titusville offense back momentarily, but the sophomore quarterback was able to find his running back Dontavious Marcus in the flats on a fourth and 30 for a 35-yard score to give the away team an early 6-0 lead.
Brothers added two more touchdowns to his total in the second quarter, connecting with Joe Irlbeck on an 18-yard pass to the corner of the end zone and then again to Liam Szczerba on 25-yard pass minutes later.
Coming out of the half, it seemed as though Satellite had finally cracked Titusville’s aerial attack. Both Luke Phillips and Erik Askeland were able to intercept Brothers on the home team’s first two third quarter drives, however it was the Terrier defense that would do the most damage with Trimarea Charles intercepting a pass of his own and taking it to the house to put Titusville up 28-0.
Another 18-yard touchdown from Brothers to Irlbeck just before the end of the third quarter increased Titusville’s lead to 35-0 and triggered a running clock for the rest of the game.
Playing hard until the bitter end, Satellite was finally able to get on the board with just minutes remaining in the fourth quarter when Kyle Downie converted a 25-yard field goal following a blocked punt.
Titusville will attempt to string together a winning streak next week when they host Astronaut while Satellite will continue to search for their first victory at home against Bayside.
Titusville 35, Satellite 3
Satellite 0 0 0 3 – 3
Titusville 6 14 7 7 – 35
HOW THEY SCORED
T – Dontavious Marcus 35 pass from OC Brothers (Patrick Simonsen kick no good); 7:10
T – Joe Irlbeck 18 pass from Brothers (Brothers 2-point run); 8:46
T – Liam Szczerba 25 pass from Brothers (Simonen kick); 0:12
T – Trimarea Charles 25 INT return (Simonsen kick); 4:28
T – Joe Irlbeck 18 pass from Brothers (Simonsen kick); 0:50
S – Kyle Downie 25 FG; 1:03
Rushing: Satellite – Reno Cook 8-15, Alex Nicks 1-10; Titusville – Dontavious Marcus 15-53 yards, OC Brothers 5-20.
Passing: Satellite – Noah Mumme 2-17-2, 41 yards, Alex Nicks 3-5-1, 30 yards; T- OC Brothers 10-17-1, 165 yards, 4 TDs.
Receiving: Satellite – Alex Nicks 1-36, Erik Askeland 1-14, Beau Cole 1-5, Luis Morris 1-7, Luke Phillips 1-5, Brett Lamontagne 1-5,Chet Moore 1-5; T— Dontavious Marcus 5-58, TD, Joe Irlbeck 3-56, 2 TDs, Liam Szczerba 1-25, TD, ReShean Lynn 1-16, Trimarea Charles 2-10.
At Satellite High, Satellite Beach
Top performers: Titusville – OC Brothers 10-17, 165 yards and four touchdowns; Satellite – Kyle Downie 25-yard field goal.
Key play: OC Brothers finds Dontavious Marcus in the flats on a 4th and 30 and Marcus takes it the rest of the way for a 35-yard touchdown to give Titusville an early 6-0 lead over Satellite. Brothers would go on to throw two more touchdowns in the first half and finish with four by the end of the night.
Record: Titusville (1-3); Satellite (0-4)
Next week: Astronaut at Titusville, 7 p.m.; Bayside at Satellite, 7 p.m.