SATELLITE BEACH — The game may not be recorded in the standings, but no one in attendance is likely to forget anytime soon the ending to Friday night’s Kickoff Classic game between Satellite and St. Cloud.
Satellite quarterback Noah Mumme’s 1-yard plunge that resulted in a fumble recovery in the end zone with 9 seconds remaining gave the Scorpions a somewhat improbable 9-7 win over the Bulldogs.
“I told the kids you’re defined by how you respond to adversity, can you make plays when they count? And we did on both sides of the ball,” Satellite head coach Mark Carstens said.
Trailing 7-3, the Scorpion defense, which played stout save for a 48-yard touchdown run by St. Cloud running back Seth Johnson in the first half, bowed up and held on fourth and short with a little over 3 minutes to go.
“Our defense played awesome. I mean they’ve got two or three fast receivers and running backs. They just played fundamental and that really helped us,” Carstens said.
From there, it was the offense who helped push the Scorpions over the top. Faced with a 4th and 8 in their own territory with a little over 2 minutes to go, Satellite completed just their third pass all night as Mumme found Alex Nicks for a 38-yard gain to the St. Cloud 20.
“What a clutch play on fourth and 8. We threw just a fade pass,” Carstens said. “Alex Nicks made a great catch, you know, went up and got the football. So he was hungry.”
Satellite also converted a fourth and 1 to set up first and goal and two plays later, Mumme just got in the end zone from a yard out, sparking raucous cheers from the Scorpion faithful in attendance.
Junior running back Zachary Switzer paced the Satellite attack that primarily featured power running, as Switzer picked up 151 yards on 27 carries, with some of his longer runs coming in the second half.
“A big part of it is how fundamentally sound we are,” Switzer said. “Our line is killer. Everything they do, everything is basics. Everything they know is fundamentals. It’s put in their head over and over and over again and I think that’s what helped push our line so we could make big gains and win the game.”
“He’s a warrior. I mean, you know, he just makes plays and you know when he’s got the ball good things happen for us,” Carstens said of Switzer.
Satellite hosts Eau Gallie in next week’s regular season opener.
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