Melbourne High won on Friday night the same way it has all season: with a clock-eating rushing attack and a stingy defense.
In a key district matchup at up-and-coming Viera High, the Bulldogs ran their Wing-T offense to perfection, controlling possession for most of the game while racking up 276 yards and 18 first downs, all of which came on the ground in their 21-7 victory.
With the win, Melbourne controls its own destiny for a playoff berth.
The Hawks, playing in their final home game of the season, got on the board first when quarterback Cody Dentmon punched it in from the 1-yard line early in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs countered quickly, however, and tied the game on their ensuing drive when running back Chris Singh rumbled in from 10 yards.
Melbourne then took advantage of a Viera fumble on the kickoff and took a 14-7 lead when Singh scored again, this time on a 4-yarder late in the first quarter.
The Melbourne defense, which still hasn’t allowed more than 14 points in a game this season, didn’t bend much after Viera’s first score, and stopped Viera on 4th-and-goal with just over two minutes to secure the 21-10 victory.
Viera, which has never beaten Melbourne in its short history, got within 4 when Jacob Kutcher hit a 22-yard field goal early in the second half.
But after two stalled Viera drives, Singh scored his third rushing touchdown of the game to give Melbourne a 21-10 lead early in the fourth quarter.