For all the talk of returning quarterbacks in Brevard County this season, it seems one of the best passers in the area is brand-new to his team. And the Eau Gallie Commodores needed every bit of him Friday.
Senior Devan Lormand, a transfer from Viera, threw for 181 yards and four touchdowns as the Commodores came from behind to defeat Gateway 36-26.
“The passing game, we had to execute on hitting the seam throws down there and then getting around on the run plays,” Lormand said.
It didn’t always look so rosy for Eau Gallie, though.
Gateway started quickly, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter to take a 12-0 lead. The Commodores responded with the first of Lormand’s touchdown strikes, a 42-yard pass to Austin Pruitt that drew them to within 12-7.
It wasn’t long before a 58-yard run by Gateway quarterback Henry Miller put the Tigers back up by two scores, 19-7.
“We definitely played with a lot of adversity today,” said Eau Gallie coach Tim Powers. “We didn’t play well definitely early on. We didn’t execute the game plan, got matchups we wanted and we couldn’t capitalize on it. But our guys just stayed battling and willed themselves to a victory.”
Lormand found Pruitt again for a 20-yard touchdown and helped Eau Gallie take the lead just before half after throwing a 29-yard pass to Nadiri Wideman for a 21-19 lead.
Still, Gateway retook the lead early in the fourth quarter after Miller scored on a 5-yard run. But a Tim Price 14-yard run put the Commodores up for good and the game was sealed with under a minute to go when Lormand found Pruitt for his fourth and final touchdown pass of the night.
• KEY PLAYERS: Pruitt caught five passes for 110 yards and three touchdowns. Miller recovered a fumble on defense and totaled 175 yards and three total touchdowns (two rushing, one passing) on the evening for Gateway.
• THEY SAID IT: “Anytime you play a district game, any time you play Melbourne, you’ve got to be on your “A” game. You’ve got to get ready for a tough, hard-nosed football game. I have a lot of respect for coach Todd Wilson and what they do. We’ve got to get ready to go starting on Monday but we’re going to enjoy this one first.”
• WHAT’S NEXT: Eau Gallie opens district play at Melbourne Friday night.