In the first five games of the season, the Melbourne Central Catholic Hustlers high-powered offense has scored over 200 points more than their opponents, while holding their opponents to 8 points per game. On Friday evening, the Hustlers used these tune-up games to clinch the Class 3A, District 6 championship by defeating the John Carroll Rams 52-7.
Early in the game the Hustlers quickly took advantage of outstanding field position as the Rams attempted and failed to convert on five consecutive fourth downs. Each of these attempts resulted in giving MCC possession deep in Ram territory. And following each of the failed fourth down attempts, the Hustler offense quickly took advantage by scoring four consecutive passing touchdowns as QB Joaquin Collazo connected with Bryce Fielding, Levi Wilson, Lavonte Valentine and Lorenzo Hardy. MCC’s outstanding kicker Will McKegg contributed a 45-yard field goal and four extra points, which resulted in a 31-0 MCC lead at halftime.
While the Hustlers’ quick strike offense seemed to score at will, their defense recorded four sacks and intercepted three passes. Hustler DB Zamari Walton scored on a pick six from 34 yards ending the Ram’s hope of making a comeback.
Through the first six games of the season, the Hustlers have dominated their opponents by averaging 50 points per game and limiting their opposition to 8. Additionally, each of these games were concluded with running clock rules being enforced.
“I’m very proud of our program, players and coaches,” said MCC first-year Coach Stacy Sizemore. Referring to the postseason playoffs, he added: “we played with confidence and took advantage of the opportunities they gave us. Our level of intensity needs to remain high in order for us to meet our team objectives.”
Next week MCC (6-0, 2-0 6-3A) will host Trinity Catholic from Ocala or homecoming while John Carroll (4-3, 0-1) will host St John Paul II Academy.
MELBOURNE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 52, JOHN CARROLL 7
John Carroll 0 0 7 0 – 7
MCC 17 14 7 14 – 52
HOW THEY SCORED
MCC: Will McKegg 45 FG, 7:55
MCC: Bryce Fielding 29 pass from Joaquin Collazo (Will McKegg kick), 4:34
MCC: Levi Wilson 23 pass from Collazo (Will McKegg kick), 3:07
MCC: Lavonte Valentine 25 pass from Collazo (Will McKegg kick), 11:52
MCC: Lorenzo Hardy 13 pass from Collazo (Will McKegg kick), 7:22
JC: Umah Miller 20 pass from Nick Celidonio (Eric Matamoros kick), 9:32
MCC: Lavonte Valentine 6 run (Will McKegg kick), 5:42
MCC: Lavonte Valentine 4 run (Will McKegg kick), 6:54
MCC: Zamari Walton 3 interception return (Will McKegg kick), :42
At Melbourne Central Catholic, Melbourne
Top performers: MCC: QB joaquin Collazo had 4 TD passes. His first four were to four different receivers (Bryce Fielding, 29 yards; Levi Wilson, 23; Lavonte Valentine, 25; Lorenzo Hardy, 13). Valentine had three total TDs, including two rushing.
Key play: Kicker Will McKegg set the tone early, booting a 45-yard field goal to put MCC up 3-0. The Hustlers never looked back.
Record: John Carroll (4-3, 0-1 6-3A); MCC (6-0, 2-0 6-3A).
Next week: St. John Paul II Academy at John Carroll, 7 p.m.; Trinity Catholic at MCC, 7 p.m.
Full game report: http://on.flatoday.com/2e8yBIo
Jim Ziarno, For FLORIDA TODAY