For a brief moment it looked as if the Satellite High football team had spoiled the Titusville Terriers rescheduled homecoming game as the initial call of the final pass from Scorpions quarterback Tyler Allen to Joey Hibbard with no time remaining was ruled a touchdown by the field judge.
The entire officiating crew would immediately convene and it was determined that Hibbard did not have control of the ball and that he stepped out of bounds as Satellite’s comeback attempt came up short as they fell 16-10 to the Terriers on Monday night at Al Werneke Field.
Satellite (3-5, 1-3 Class 5A, District 13) was down 16-3 late in the fourth quarter until they were finally able to find the end zone with 1:31 left as Allen found Hibbard on a 46-yard strike down the sideline. The Scorpions recovered the ensuing onside kick and marched right down the field, but came up just short.
“We made enough plays to win the game but sometimes we try and give it away,” Titusville head coach Andy Price said.
Titusville (3-5, 2-2) made some plays down 3-0 late in the first half in a game that was defensive struggle early on.
The Terriers answered Satellite’s field goal with a one minute 34-second drive that went 76 yards. A 35-yard pass from Josh Wayner to Tommy Cobb would set up a nine-yard touchdown run by Jaleel Davis.
Titusville then held the Scorpions to a three and out on their next drive and blocked the ensuing Satellite punt to take over at the Scorpions 23-yard line.
After a dropped pass in the end zone by Cobb and a delay of game penalty, Wayner found Alec Joyner for 24 yards and it looked like the half was over. The officials determined though that one second should be added back on the clock and Kyle Gullickson knocked in a 22-yard field goal to make it 10-3 at the half.
“We felt like if we could get out on the perimeter and throw some high percentage things that we’d be able to loosen them up and it worked enough and we’d able to get what we needed to get,” Price said of his team’s passing game.
Wayner threw for 158 yards and both Cobb and Joyner had 79 yards each receiving.
The Scorpions began moving the ball when they made the change from Schell to Allen at quarterback in the third quarter. Allen threw for 150 yards in the second half and Hibbard was on the receiving end of 132 of those yards.