Brandon Wright rushed for a game-high 134 yards Friday night to lead Astronaut to a 17-0 victory against Satellite 17-0 in a Class 5A, District 13 battle.
Astronaut running back Wright broke off an 80-yard touchdown run to open the second half.
Astronaut found ways to score against a suffocating Scorpion defense during a steady drizzle at Scorpion Stadium and rebound from last week’s 29-0 loss to Class 6A Palm Bay.
War Eagle running back Wright romped for an 80-yard touchdown run on the first play of the third quarter as Astronaut took a 10-0 lead.
Satellite botched the squib kick on the games opening kickoff, and junior D’Andre Mitchell recovered the ball for the War Eagles. Six plays later, placekicker Tyler Sparling booted a 37-yard field goal with 8 minutes, 26 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
The first half featured more total punts (six) than first downs (five) as both teams battled the elements and tenacious defenses.
Astronaut quarterback Tez Keels completed the scoring midway through the fourth period when he reached the endzone on a broken play for a 27-yard touchdown.
Astronaut leads the series 27-7. Satellite’s last victory was a 13-0 shutout in 1992.
KEY PLAYERS: Tez Keels rushed for 57 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown run, and controlled Astronaut’s offensive attack despite the poor field conditions. Brad Ydo, the Scorpions’ Mr. Do-Everything, recorded his fourth interception of the season at the Satellite 17 early in the second quarter to thwart a potential scoring drive. The junior also rushed for 19 yards, returned punts and delivered a number of key punts that pinned the War Eagles deep in their own territory.
THEY SAID IT: “I don’t think the weather made that much difference, we’ve been practicing in it for two months just like everybody else in the county,” said Astronaut head coach Randy Hallock. “Brandon’s (touchdown) run was an adjustment we made at half; we call it Bob; it’s just a blast play, a quick side iso (isolation).”
They’re (Satellite) a well-coached team and I knew they were very physical upfront; they’ve done some good things against Melbourne and Rockledge on film and it was a heck of a game against Heritage last week until later on when Heritage started to pour it on a little bit; we’re just happy to get away with a win.”
WHAT’S NEXT: Both teams take a break from district competition Friday as the War Eagles travel to Jensen Beach and the Scorpions host Arnold, a Class 5A team from Panama City Beach. Astronaut shutout the Falcons 29-0 in 2011 while Satellite beat the Marlins 23-6 in last year’s homecoming contest.
RECORDS: Astronaut (3-2 overall, 2-0 in Class 5A, District 13), Satellite (1-4 overall, 0-2 in Class 5A, District 13).