SATELLITE BEACH – Satellite High quarterback Alex Cabrera ran for 241 yards and five touchdowns — in the first half — to lead the Scorpions to a convincing 48-13 victory against winless Cocoa Beach in Beach Bowl X on Friday night at Scorpion Stadium.
The junior speedster, who averaged 199 yards rushing in Satellite’s final four games, entered the season finale as the Space Coast’s leading rusher. He finished the season with 1,410 yards rushing, the Scorpions first 1,000-yard runner since Mike Rivers’ 1,261 yards in 2001.
“We knew they were going to load the box because Alex is a pretty good runner so we split him out a little bit and ran behind him,” said Satellite head coach Mark Carstens. “Alex is learning how to run the option and he’s learning how to read defenses and play smart and not turn the ball over.”
The Scorpions led 34-7 at halftime when the only drama remaining was who would be crowned homecoming queen (Megan Gallagher). Cabrera did not carry the ball in the second half, but he did get on the scoreboard late in the third quarter when he was on the receiving end of a 68-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Noah Mumme.
After meeting throughout the 1970s, the beachside rivalry took a 29-year hiatus before resuming in 2005 with a new name (Beach Bowl) and signature trophy (Quiet flight surfboard) awarded to the victors. The Minutemen hold a 6-4 lead in the bowl series while Satellite leads overall, 12-9.
KEY PLAYERS: Minutemen quarterback David Demeter rushed for 82 yards and one touchdown and threw for 126 yards despite a ferocious Scorpion defensive attack. The sophomore connected on a 12-yard scoring toss to wide receiver Chase Huthman late in the fourth quarter.
Satellite sophomore running back Zach Switzer rushed for 47 yards and a 22-yard scoring run while backfield mate, senior running back Alex Schwarz, added 44 yards on nine attempts.
THEY SAID IT: “It’s a good springboard to next year and our seniors left on a great note and I’m very proud of our team because we got better as the year went on,” said Carstens.
WHAT’S NEXT: Both teams completed their 2014 season.
RECORDS (Final): Cocoa Beach (0-10 overall, 0-4 in Class 4A, District 5), Satellite (3-6, 0-5 in Class 5A, District 12). (The Scorpions contest against Viera on Sept. 5 was canceled due to lightning.)