TITUSVILLE The Lake Highland Prep Highlanders defeated the Astronaut War Eagles 51-14 on a rain soaked night at Jay Donnelly Field. While it never rained hard enough to drive the fans from the stands, a constant drizzle made for a slippery ball and a sloppy field conditions. The teams combined for nine turnovers and each QB threw three interceptions.
Lake Highland Prep was led by Junior QB Elijah Lucas, who despite the interceptions, was effective through the air and on the ground. Lucas threw for 58 yards and connected with TE Alex Medary on a pair of short touchdown tosses while adding 78 yards rushing. The Highlanders dominated time of possession by running for 415 yards and taking the ball away numerous times on defense.
A stellar play by a defensive lineman just before the half gave the War Eagles hope. Daryl Ford read a designed RB flare pass and was able to intercept the throw with all his momentum heading toward the end zone. The lineman traveled 60 yards for the War Eagles’ first score, but was clearly running out of gas as he approached the goal line. A key block around the 10-yard line allowed him to finish off the highlight reel play and stave off the running clock.
The War Eagles ran for 171 yards, but much of it came when the game was out of reach. Besides being outgained significantly, Astronaut was minus-3 in the turnover battle which greatly contributed to the final score. The game’s final 9 minutes were played under a running clock as both teams cleared the benches to get younger players some needed experience.
LAKE HIGHLAND PREP 51, ASTRONAUT 14
Lake Highland Prep 14 14 10 13 – 51
Astronaut 0 6 8 0 – 14
HOW THEY SCORED
LHP – Elijah Lucas 14 Run (Brandon Nguyen Kick) 8:29 Remaining
LHP – Alex Medary 30 Pass from Elijah Lucas (Nguyen Kick) 7:00 remaining
LHP – Luis Rivera 22 Blocked Punt Return (Nguyen Kick) 11:38 remaining
AHS – Daryl Ford 60 Int Return (Run Failed) 8:38 remaining
LHS –Medary 8 Pass from Lucas (Nguyen Kick) 4:19 remaining
LHP – Brandon Nguyen 25 FG 8:34 remaining
AHS – Kamauri Johnson 53 Run (Cameron Ockerman Pass from Chase Gadapee) 7:34 remaining
LHP – Elijah Lucas 47 Run (Brandon Nguyen Kick) 3:59 remaining
LHP – Briton Allen 93 Run (Brandon Nguyen Kick Failed) 11:44 remaining
LHP – Justice Ballard 3 Run (Brandon Nguyen Kick) 8:49 remaining
Rushing: Lake Highland – Devyn Castor 13-51, Elijah Lucas 10-78, Desmond King 4-102, Jalen Townsend 2-32, Briton Allen 1-93, Malik Davis 2-48, Justice Ballard 3-6, JJ Sheikh 1-5; Astronaut – Dominick Robinson 12-56, DeAnthony Mallory 1-2, Josh Rodriguez 1-(-4), Kamauri Johnson 7-107, Daryl Ford 4-10, Quantay Byrom 1-0
Passing: Lake Highland – Elijah Lucas 7-15-58-3, Malik Davis 2-3-23-0; Astronaut – Chase Gadapee 6-20-72-0
Receiving: Lake Highland – Alex Medary 2-38, Briton Allen 1-15, Jalen Townsend 2-9, Devyn Castor 2-(-4), Nick Deese 1-8, Bryton Belvin 1-5 ; Astronaut – Dominick Robinson 2-15, Cameron Ockerman 2-22, Josh Rodriguez 1-20, Dylan Grimes 1-22, Niko Schmidt 1-8
At Astronaut High School, Titusville
Top performers: Lake Highland: Elijah Lucas completed 7 of 15 passes for 58 yards and threw for 2 touchdowns while adding 78 yards on 10 carries and running for 2 more scores; Astronaut: Kamauri Johnson ran 7 times for 107 yards including a 53 yard TD scamper.
Key play: Just when it appeared that Lake Highland Prep would run away with this one unchallenged, defensive lineman Daryl Ford read an RB Flare pass and stepped in front of the throw for a key interception. Ford returned the interception 60 yards, getting a block around the 10-yard line, that allowed him to reach the end zone. At the time, the touchdown brought Astronaut to within two scores and allowed them to get on the board before halftime.
Record: Lake Highland (6-1, 2-1 5-4A); Astronaut (1-6, 0-3 5-4A).
Next week: Berkeley Prep at Lake Highland Prep, 7 p.m.; Cocoa at Astronaut, 7 p.m.
Full game report: http://on.flatoday.com/2eh4ZJr
Patrick Edens, for FLORIDA TODAY