Vipers' offensive showcase pays off

Vipers' offensive showcase pays off

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Vipers' offensive showcase pays off

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Titusville High’s #1 Yusuf DeReese.

The two teams combined for 1,269 yards and 95 points — host Space Coast beating Titusville, 55-40 — but a special teams play by the Vipers’ Steven Barny that accounted for no points in the final minutes told the story of the game.

When an onside kick attempt by visiting Titusville bounced off a Space Coast player into a circle of five Terriers, Barny dove and beat all his opponents in covering the ball.

“It’s a huge play,” Vipers coach Jake Owens said. “I think that play sums up the entire night. We wanted it more. This was our playoff game, and that’s how we played all night.”

Titusville (6-3) will move on to play at Class 5A No. 3 Bishop Moore next week in a regional quarterfinal. The Terriers have their first playoff spot since 1995 and last week beat rival Astronaut, two major accomplishments for the program, but they don’t have the Battle of U.S. 1 trophy.

For the third time in four years, that went to the Vipers (5-5).

Senior quarterback Alex Cavender passed for 568 yards and ran for 90. He completed five touchdown passes, three to Jason Browning.

“Coach said before the game we were going to throw the ball all we could, and that’s what we did,” Cavender said. “I think we wanted it. We really don’t like Titusville, and we showed it.”

Browning, who caught 10 passes in all for 138 yards, was second among the Vipers’ receivers. Devon Cannon, like Cavender a senior playing his final game, caught 12 passes for 283 yards. Among them was a 66-yarder to put the Vipers at the 2 late in game, a 40-yarder to give the Vipers a 13-0 lead and a 59-yarder to help his team get away from its own end zone when the lead had been cut to six midway through the third.

The only time the Vipers took a break from passing was after halftime, when Antonio Londono — there’s another senior — carried the team down the field nearly an entire drive in the third quarter. He finished with 80 yards.

“Before the game, I told all the players this was our last game, not theirs,” he said. “We were all hungry, and we were gonna eat.”

Titusville’s Jaleel Davis carried 26 times for 238 yards and scored four times, the first on a 74-yard run. Tommy Mack caught touchdown passes of 17 and 30 yards, and Terriers quarterback Yusuf DeReese passed for 220 yards.

Contact McCallum at 321-242-3698 or bmccallum@floridatoday.com. .

Scoreboard

Cocoa 47, Rockledge 0

Melbourne 28, Astronaut 7

Palm Bay 55, Bayside 0

Satellite 48, Cocoa Beach 13

Space Coast 55, Titusville 40

Merritt Island 21, Ponte Vedra 10

Melbourne CC 56, Potter’s House 22

Eau Gallie 16, Harmony 0

Delray Bch Amer. Heritage 41, Heritage 28

Zion Lutheran 42, Merritt Isl. Christian 34

Holy Trinity 46, Foundation 28

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