SATELLITE BEACH — Jalen Mitchell rushed for 191 yards and four touchdowns to lead Rockledge past Satellite 47-14 on Friday night.
Mitchell carried the rock 28 times for a 6.8 yards per carry average.
“I like the pressure. A lot,” Mitchell said. “I just want to push my team in the running game so we can get down the field.”
Mitchell didn’t win the game on his own. Rockledge linebacker Steven Garcia picked up a Satellite fumble in the third quarter, returning it 40 yards for a touchdown. Orlando Oquendo also racked up points for the Raiders in the fourth quarter with a 46-yard touchdown run.
Rockledge coach Wayne Younger said the team relied heavily on Mitchell’s running prowess.
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“We ran the ball well tonight throughout the whole game, and that set the tone early,” Younger said. “We got some stops early on by our defense and kept leaning on our true freshman Jalen Mitchell. He’s a special player.”
This win marks an improvement for the Raiders compared to last year when they went 2-8 for the season. They’ve already doubled their wins so far and now have a 4-3 record.
The wins will keep happening as long as the Raiders continue “maturing and executing to our fullest potential,” Younger said.
Satellite fought back hard despite their loss. In the second quarter, quarterback Seth Kennedy completed a 40-yard pass to Erik Askeland, who snatched the ball out of the air and brought it into the endzone despite heavy Raiders coverage.
Kennedy also snapped a clean 5-yard pass to Connor McManus for a touchdown with 11:31 left in the game.
Rockledge will face Titusville at home next Friday while the Scorpions host Space Coast.
Rockledge 47, Satellite 14
Rockledge 6 20 14 7 — 47
Satellite 0 7 0 7 — 14
HOW THEY SCORED
R — Jalen Mitchell 20 run (kick failed) 6:52.
R — Mitchell 15 run (kick failed) 10:26.
R — Mitchell 10 run (Kieran Goodrich pass from Jaquez Lyons, two points) 8:25.
S — Erik Askeland 40 pass from Seth Kennedy (Kyle Downie kick) :53.
R — Jonathan Floyd 40 pass from Lyons (two points failed) :20.
R — Mitchell 7 run (Johnson kick) 2:32.
R — Steven Garcia 40 run (Johnson kick) 1:05.
S — Connor McManus 5 pass from Kennedy (Kyle Downie kick) 11:31.
R — Orlando Oquendo 46 run (Johnson kick) 6:09.
Rushing: R — Jalen Mitchell 28-191.
Records: Rockledge 4-3.