MELBOURNE — The Eau Gallie High football team defeated crosstown rival Melbourne 34-24 Friday night to lock up its third straight non-losing season.
The Commodores finished the season 5-5 with the win and head coach Tim Powers was proud of the way his team fought against the Bulldogs.
“I am real proud of this group, on both sides of the ball,” Eau Gallie football coach Tim Powers said. “It is huge for our guys to win a game like this. Crosstown rivals, finish with a win and another non-losing season. It is huge.”
Eau Gallie took a 14-3 lead into halftime and Jalen Shelton scored the second of his two touchdowns to give the Commodores a 21-3 lead.
But Melbourne was not finished as the Bulldogs went on a 10-play drive that Quinterious Terry finished off with a 7-yard run. It was the first of his two touchdowns on the evening.
Just when it looked like the Bulldogs might be gaining momentum, Tyvone Brooks broke lose for a 76 yard touchdown on the next play to put the score back to 17.
Melbourne had a chance to get back into the game after Terry’s second touchdown. The Bulldogs successfully kicked the onside kick and had the ball at midfield down 11. But Eau Gallie’s defense held and once again it was Brooks, this time a 12-yard run.
Dezmond Morgan would scoop up a fumble and return it 52 yards for a touchdown but that was as close as the Bulldogs would get.
In the end the Commodores running attack was too much for Melbourne as Brooks finished with 124 yards and Shelton had 92 in the game.
“Melbourne’s front seven are about as good as it gets, so for us to stand toe-to-toe with them was big,” Powers said.
Eau Gallie 34, Melbourne 24
Eau Gallie 0 14 14 6 — 34
Melbourne 0 3 7 14 — 24
HOW THEY SCORED
EG — Matt Wilson 1 run (Matt Stephens kick), 11:13.
M — Zac Etrick 24 field goal, 2:04.
EG — Jalen Shelton 8 run (Stephens kick), :29.
EG — Jalen Shelton 13 run (Stephens kick), 6:39.
M — Quinterious Terry 7 run (Zac Etrick kick), 1:37.
EG — Tyvone Brooks 76 run (Stephens kick), 1:19.
M — Terry 5 run (Etrick kick), 10:49.
EG — Brooks 12 run (kick no good), 5:38.
M — Dezmond Morgan 52 fumble recovery (Etrick kick), 2:40.
Rushing: EG — Tyvone Brooks 10-124 2TD, Jalen Shelton 23-92 TD, Matt Wilson 10-(-8); M — Quinterious Terry 22-89 XTD, Dezmond Morgan 5-32, Chris Singh 3-25, Morgan 1-(-2), Burnett 4-(-12). Passing: EG — Matt Wilson 12-16-1 141 yards; M — Elijah Burnett 1-9-1 5 yards, Nick Nescio 0-3-1 0 yards. Receiving: EG — Darin Garland 4-63, Cordell Dzara 4-50, Jacob Burroughs 3-18, Anthony Santiago 1-10; M — Thomas Sherry 1-5.
Records: Eau Gallie 5-5, Melbourne 1-9.