MELBOURNE — Five different running backs scored touchdowns as Palm Bay overcame penalties and turnovers to defeat Satellite 45-19 Friday night.
The Pirates were able to run the ball effectively against the Scorpions, finishing with 413 yards on the ground. Jared Morris led the attack with 132 yards and a touchdown while Brian Lankford-Johnson finished with 105 yards and a touchdown, all in the first half.
“I am a little dinged up and the O-line did a good job, made things easy for me,” Lankford-Johnson said. “This was a big one, we came out and played hard.”
Quarterback Desmond Arthur scored two rushing touchdowns in the first half and threw for a third in the fourth quarter.
In a game that saw 10 turnovers with each team turning it over five times, it was Palm Bay who jumped out to the early lead and never looked back.
The night belonged to the Pirates, who also got touchdowns from Tyriq Coger and Ossie Samuel as they improved to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the district.
“We had some turnovers tonight, but that is alright, we just have to get ready for next week now. Big game,” Lankford-Johnson said.
Palm Bay will host Heritage High in a marque non-conference matchup next Friday night.
Bishop Moore won on Friday, meaning that Palm Bay will travel to Bishop Moore in the first round of the playoffs on Nov. 13.
Palm Bay 45, Satellite 19
Satellite 0 6 0 13 — 19
Palm Bay 13 12 6 14 — 45
HOW THEY SCORED
PB — Desmond Arthur 12 yard run (Chase Jesse kick), 7:30.
PB — Jared Morris 55 run (kick no good), 2:15.
S — Tommy Heideman fumble recovery (2-point conversion failed), 7:55.
PB — Arthur 2 run (kick no good), 3:07.
PB — Brian Lankford-Johnson 4 run (2-point conversion failed), 1:13.
PB — Ossie Samuel 44 run (kick no good), :04.
PB — Ozzie Samuel 30 yards from Arthur (Jess kick), 10:58.
S — Luis Morris 10 run (Kyle Downie kick), 7:57.
PB — Tyriq Coger 7 run (Jesse kick), 4:51.
S — Zach Switzer 55 yards from Seth Kennedy (2-point conversion failed), :16.
Rushing: S — Zachary Switzer 17-44, Seth Kennedy 13-(-13), Noah Mumme 2-22; PB — Brian Lankford-Johnson 10-105 TD, Jared Morris 10-132 TD, Tyriq Coger 7-38 TD, Ossie Samuel 3-66 TD, Desmond Arthur 4-30, 2TD, Tyrese Lyons 3-28, Ozzie Samuel 1-5, Javonn Roberson 3-(-9). Passing: S — Kennedy 6-13-1 77 yards, Mumme 5-10-0 66 yards, TD; PB — Desmond Arthur 1-2-1 30 yards. Receiving: S — Harrison Kennedy 3-69 TD, Zach Switzer 4-54, Erik Askeland 2-13, Alex Knox 1-5, Connor McManus 1-2; PB — Ozzie Samuel 1-30 TD.
Records: Satellite 1-7, 0-5, Palm Bay 7-2, 4-1.