MELBOURNE – The Commodores made the playoffs for the first time in 15 years and nearly earned the second playoff victory in school history last season. However, the Eau Gallie football team added an important piece to the puzzle for this postseason.
“We have a good foundation to what we’re trying to build here from last year. It was a good turning point for our program,” Eau Gallie head coach Tim Powers said. “The 2013-14 football season is over. It’s a brand new group now. So we’re trying to be the best we can be in 2014-15.”
Eau Gallie will feature a brand new quarterback behind center than when it defeated Pine Ridge, 35-0, in the spring. Devan Lormand, who transferred from Viera, took a hold of the starting quarterback spot on the depth chart since he arrived. Lormand sat behind All-Space Coast second team selection Cody Dentmon last year.
“(Devan) is a leader for us on and off the field. On the field he’s got a lot of ability and fits right in our leadership group. We’ve had guys here that have built this thing from the ground up that have a lot of vested interest in it,” Powers said.
Lormand can help the Commodores stretch the field horizontally and vertically in their offensive schemes. While speedy running back Tim Price, who scored two rushing touchdowns more than 30 yards in the spring exhibition, rounds out the backfield for Eau Gallie. Price finished with four touchdowns and more than 150 yards on the ground against the Panthers.
However, the former spring starting quarterback has a new role and flipped sides of the ball to fill a hole. Powers considers Bryce Walker the “quarterback of the defense.”
“Bryce Walker was our quarterback and we felt good going with him, but Bryce is also our starting free safety. So he was important for us on defense as well as offense. It fit the way of our current personnel,” Powers added.
Eau Gallie will play its first district opponent week four at Melbourne. While the Commodores will follow up with three consecutive district opponents in Viera, Martin County and Sebastian River two weeks later.
Meet the Player
Sr., OL, 6-5, 300
• Favorite movie this summer: “Remember the Titans”
• Teammate he’d most like to trade places with: Nobody, he likes the position he’s at.
• Favorite pro sports team: Indianapolis Colts
• Dream job: Professional offensive lineman
• Go-to fast food item: Nothing, but he does enjoy steak
• Pregame warm up song: “Hard in da paint” by Waka Flocka Flame
• He said it: “I’m pushing the younger kids, because I’m the only senior on the offensive line this year.”