Palm Bay shuts out Bayside

Palm Bay shuts out Bayside

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Palm Bay shuts out Bayside

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Ball carrier Carson White (7) of the Palm Bay Pirates dives for more yardage against the Bayside Bears defense.

The Palm Bay High football team remained undefeated in 14 tries against cross-town rival Bayside after a 55-0 blowout win over the Bears on Friday night.

The Pirates grabbed an early lead after quarterback Matt Wilson connected with a wide open Dez Arthur for 36 yards on the fifth play from scrimmage. The threat of Palm Bay running back Sekai Lindsay opened up the long touchdown pass off of play action.

“We executed and we didn’t have any penalties or mistakes (tonight). Nobody can stop us if we don’t stop ourselves,” Lindsay said.

Lindsay crossed the end zone with a carry inside the red zone on the following Palm Bay drive and finished the game with 75 yards on the ground. The Pirates scored four more touchdowns in the second quarter, including a goal line run with eight seconds remaining in the first half, to hold a 41-0 halftime lead at home.

Arthur had two receptions for 50 yards, including the ice-breaking touchdown to start the avalanche. While Carson White emerged for the Pirates with two touchdowns and 46 yards on seven carries.

Palm Bay added two more scores on the ground in the second half for a total of five rushing touchdowns and 248 rushing yards.

“I think we played well. Scoring 55 points is always good,” Lindsay said.

The Palm Bay defense held the Bears to just 91 yards of total offense, while gathering three sacks and an interception by defensive back Javonn Roberson. Kimoy McIntire stripped and recovered a fumble for the Pirates in the final minute.

Although the Pirates seem to have the Bears’ number, Palm Bay’s season ended and will not include a playoff berth in nearly two decades. As district runner-up, Bayside moves on to face Naples next week and Palm Bay missed the postseason for the first time in 19 years.

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