Eau Gallie rocks Space Coast

Eau Gallie rocks Space Coast

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Eau Gallie rocks Space Coast

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PORT ST. JOHN – It was certainly a night to remember for the members of the Eau Gallie High football team.
The Commodores ran for 430 yards and senior running back Jordan Benton ran for 199 yards and three touchdowns as Eau Gallie defeated host Space Coast 41-10 Thursday night at the Snake Pit.
“It was real fun,” Benton said. “We all came together for one night. I mean, everything was there … the blocking, the defense came together. It was a real fun game.
“I think it was the most fun game I’ve had all season. We all played as a team.”
The victory gives the Commodores a 2-5 record on the season, which is significant for a program that is trying to rebuild itself and change the culture, especially after some tough early-season losses.
“This is just another one of those things for us to keep the momentum going, keep grinding, staying positive and keep our head in it,” Commodores coach Tim Powers said. “These seniors have been through a lot. I think, since they’ve been freshmen, it’s their fifth win in the whole program.
“There’s been three years of 1-9 and this is the first year with more than one win. It’s got to be special for them. Obviously, we want to win more than two. But we’ll take any win we can get.”
Eau Gallie, which led 7-3 on the strength of a 92-yard touchdown run by Antoine Rutledge, broke the game open in the second quarter with four touchdowns. Benton had two of them, on runs of 67 and 26 yards. He would later add a 14-yard touchdown run.
Rutledge had a 31-yard touchdown and finished with 131 yards on three carries with two scores. Kelvin Pruitt also scored on a 69-yard run for Eau Gallie.
Space Coast (1-6) got a 26-yard field goal from Nick Rittenhouse, and converted a fourth-down play just before the end of the third quarter when Rittenhouse scrambled and found Kyle Yancey in the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown throw.
Rittenhouse, a junior, completed 16-of-35 passes for 172 yards and the touchdown. Sophomore Alec Dansereau had six catches for 55 yards.
Coach Jake Owens, who is also trying to build something special at Space Coast, said he’s excited about the progress his team is making especially knowing two of his cornerstones — Rittenhouse and defensive end Quincy Pratt will both be back next year.
“The future’s extremely bright,” Owens said. “I’m very excited about turning this program around and getting it in the right direction, and we’re going to do that. We’re going to keep working, doing the things we need to do and be positive and put together some wins.”

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