ASTRONAUT 47, SOMERSET ACADEMY 0
In Titusville, Astronaut rebounded from a tough loss to Cocoa last week by thrashing Somerset Academy from Pembroke Pines.
Brad Canarie threw for 101 yards and four touchdowns, and the defense dominated a winless Somerset squad.
The defense piled up seven sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions.
HERITAGE 44, BAYSIDE 0
In Palm Bay, Heritage continued to steamroll toward the postseason as they shut out crosstown rival Bayside.
Without running backs Josh Gaines and Josh Harden, the Panthers primarily featured Lasedrick King who delivered in a big way, rushing for 203 yards and two touchdowns on just 16 carries.
Quarterback Daeshawn Mills also ran for three touchdowns and threw for another for the Panthers, who will host Deltona in a first-round playoff matchup in two weeks.
COCOA 56, ATLANTIC 0
In Cocoa, the Tigers made quick work of Atlantic.
Senior and University of Florida commit Chauncey Gardner took the opening kickoff back 70 yards for a score and the Tigers never looked back from there. Cocoa found the end zone on all seven possessions in the first half.
Four different Tigers scored in the first half, including four total touchdowns from quarterback Bruce Judson (two rushing and two passing).
The Sharks managed just two first downs on their seven possessions, and had minus-17 rushing yards as a team.
With the win, Cocoa’s seven seniors honored on senior night will graduate having never lost a district game.
COCOA BEACH 38, WARNER CHRISTIAN 21
In Cocoa Beach, David Demeter rushed for 318 yards to lead Cocoa Beach past Warner Christian.
With the Minutemen leading 13-7 in the second quarter, Demeter busted loose for an 85-yard TD to pad the lead to 20-7.
Warner Christian scored just before the half to trail 20-14.
The teams exchanged touchdowns in the third quarter, with Cocoa Beach converting a 2-point play to lead 28-21.
Cocoa Beach extended its lead when female kicker Maddison Dininny booted a field goal to make it 31-21.
Dininny is the goalkeeper on Cocoa Beach’s girls soccer team.
SEBASTIAN RIVER 42, EAU GALLIE 7
In Sebastian River, Eau Gallie struggled on offense, getting a touchdown on the final play of the game to break up what could have been a shutout loss to Sebastian River.
Sebastian River scored five rushing touchdowns in the first half, including two by Jalan Norris, to lead 35-0 at the break.
The Sharks let up in the second half, not scoring in the third quarter before putting up a score in the fourth.
Eau Gallie finally put points on the board as time expired when Colt Ridgeway hit Jacob Burroughs for a 20-yard touchdown.
JOHN CARROLL 26, HOLY TRINITY 21
In Melbourne, Holy Trinity’s comeback attempt was too little too late, as the Tigers lost to John Carroll to claim the Class 3A, District 6 runner-up spot. The win gave John Carroll the district title.
Trailing 26-7 late in the fourth quarter, Jashaun Corbin ran for a 46-yard score, and a two-point conversion brought the score to 26-15.
With 13 seconds left in the game, Corbin took a pass from Jacquel Perry 25 yards for a score. The two-point try failed and the score was 26-21.
Holy Trinity failed to get the ball back on an onside kick, and the Tigers fell to their district rival.
MARTIN COUNTY 20, MELBOURNE 7
In Melbourne, the Bulldogs’ defense fought valiantly, but a flat offense couldn’t move the ball in a loss to Martin County.
Martin County claims the Class 7A, District 6 runner-up spot in the playoffs, behind district champ Viera.
Tristan Simmons opened the scoring for Martin County in the second quarter with a touchdown, and Tigers led 7-0 at the break.
Skylar Reese kicked two third-quarter field goals that extended the lead to 13-0 heading to the fourth.
Melbourne got on the board when Dezmond Morgan returned a punt 35 yards for a touchdown.
However, Martin County answered when Ron Harris returned an interception 32 yards for a touchdown, sealing the win.
MERRITT ISLAND 23, ROCKLEDGE 11
In Merritt Island, the Mustangs came in sluggish after claiming the Class 5A, District 14 title last week.
However, quarterback Jimmy Batch got the Mustangs rolling as he rushed for a game-high 122 yards and three touchdowns, including a 60-yard TD, to lead Merritt Island to a victory.
Despite the listless start, the Mustangs (7-2 overall, 5-0 in district) were not about to let the Raiders ruin a storybook 50th season as they recorded their sixth straight victory and completed their fifth consecutive undefeated district season.
PALM BAY 45, SATELLITE 19
In Melbourne, five different running backs scored touchdowns as Palm Bay overcame penalties and turnovers to defeat Satellite.
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.
Quarterback Desmond Arthur scored two rushing touchdowns in the first half and threw for a third in the fourth quarter.
The Pirates also got touchdowns from Tyriq Coger and Ossie Samuel.
TITUSVILLE 31, SPACE COAST 30, 2OT
In Port St. John, Yusuf DeReese accounted for four touchdowns Friday, but Christian Shinholtzer proved to be the difference for Titusville.
Shinholtzer made every kick, including an extra point that gave the Terriers a one-point, double-overtime victory over Space Coast.
Shinholtzer answered Gage Ferguson’s first-overtime 27-yard field goal with a 19-yarder of his own. On the first play of the second overtime, DeReese found Tommy Mack in the right corner of the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown pass. Shinholtzer made the extra point to put Titusville (3-6, 2-3 District 14-5A) ahead 31-24.
Like the first overtime, a procedure penalty backed the Vipers (5-3, 2-3) up to second and goal at the 13. But Bradley Cantrell found Steven Barny in the right flat, and Barny beat Titusville defenders to the pylon. Alas, a botched snap and hold led to Ferguson missing the extra point, giving the Terriers the win.
VIERA 45, SOUTH FORK 6
In Viera, the Hawks sealed its second straight district title by defeating South Fork. Viera finished 3-0 in Class 7A, District 6.
Tre Nixon was the recipient of two TD passes from Hayden Kingston, for 4 and 79 yards, both in the first quarter. Kingston threw for four touchdowns.
Brennan Deplancke scored twice, a 4-yard rushing touchdown and a 10-yard receiving TD.
South Fork broke up the shutout in the fourth quarter when Stone Labanowitz hit Walter Thomas for an 80-yard touchdown.
MCC 47, CHAMPAGNAT 32
In Melbourne, MCC scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns to rally to beat Champagnat Catholic.
MCC senior running back T’Qwuan Berkley led the Hustlers on offense with 209 combined rushing and receiving yards including four touchdowns, giving MCC its fifth victory of the season.
The fourth quarter began with the Hustlers trailing 26-19. Berkeley scored on the first play of the quarter on a 3-yard run. Will McKegg added the extra point, which tied the game at 26-26 with 11:52 remaining in the game.
The Lions quickly took the wind out of the Hustlers on the ensuing kickoff when Alex Ortiz scored on a 95-yard return, giving the Lions a 32-26 lead.
The Hustlers fought back with a 55-yard scoring drive setup by a 31-yard pass play from QB Joaquin Collazo to Will Erdman at the Lions’ 18 yard line. Collazo added a 17-yard run, setting up his 1-yard scoring plunge giving the Hustlers a narrow 33-32 lead. Midway in the fourth quarter, the Hustlers drove the ball 56 yards with key passes from Collazo to Erdman and Berkley scoring from the 1-yard line.
With 4:22 remaining in the game, the Hustler defense ended the Lions’ comeback attempt and put the game out of reach when AJ Lewis scooped up a Lions fumble and rambled 40 yards for the score.