Viera High knew it still had a chance, and they took advantage of it, beating Martin County 24-14 Friday night to force a three-way playoff for the second spot in the playoffs.
Martin County (4-5), Viera (1-7), Port St. Lucie (2-6) all finished with 1-2 records and will have a playoff at Martin County on Monday to decide who goes on. Viera and PSL play a quarter, and then the winner faces Martin County in the second quarter.
Martin County hosts and gets the bye because it has the better overall record.
Viera never trailed in the game, mostly thanks to quarterback Cody Dentmon who was effective running and passing. His eight-yard touchdown pass to Marquis McClain pushed the lead to 14-0 with 2:55 left in the first half.
Martin County finally got on the board less than a minute later on a 64-yard touchdown run by Dan Fillhaber.
But it was one of the few bright spots for Martin County, which crushed its own chances with 18 penalties for 147 yards.
Viera scored again in the waning seconds of the first half, essentially putting the game out of reach.
KEY PLAYERS: Viera’s Cody Dentmon ran the ball 16 times for 65 yards and was 7-for-11 passing for 103 yards. Nathan Hartnett had two of the catches for 52 yards in the game.
THEY SAID IT: “We’ve been playing well recently, but haven’t been able to finish. We needed this win real bad. It’s been a tough year on us. This is Viera’s first district win ever. The school opened in 2006,” Viera coach Kevin Mays said.
WHAT’S NEXT: Viera will play in the three-way playoff on Monday at Martin County.
RECORDS: Viera is 1-7, 1-2 and Martin County is 4-5, 1-2.