COCOA 49, VIERA 42
With the football resting on the Viera High 6-yard line and less than 30 seconds left in a tie game, Cocoa High quarterback Bruce Judson came to the sidelines to talk to Tigers coach John Wilkinson.
He had a request.
“He said, ‘give me the ball,’” Wilkinson said. “I said, ‘Sounds good to me.’”
And so it was that Judson powered his way into the end zone with 14 seconds left to give Cocoa a victory over visiting Viera in an emotionally-charged game that was certainly fun to watch.
Tied at 14-14 at the half, Cocoa opened up a 21-point lead in the third quarter only to have Viera come storming back. Hayden Kingston threw five touchdown passes on the night — four of them to Tre Nixon — for the Hawks.
But it was Kingston’s 23-yard touchdown pass to Malek Folston with 2:45 left to play that tied the game at 42-42.
Cocoa, which had three touchdown runs by Timmy Pratt and a pair of scores from Judson — a 92-yard run and a 46-yard pass to Zack Armour — got the ball on its own 43-yard line with 2:44 to play.
“I came into the huddle and I was like, ‘Get on my back and I’m going to take you down to the end zone,’” Judson said. “That was a state championship drive right there.”
Judson finished with 214 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries while Pratt had 141 yards on 29 attempts and scored on runs of 5, 2 and 17 yards. Chauncey Gardner scored on an 84-yard punt return.
ASTRONAUT 40, TITUSVILLE 0
Javian Hawkins scored on a 60-yard run on the first Astronaut play from scrimmage, as the War Eagles blanked their cross-town rival.
The Terriers were never in the game. Not even when they were moving the ball.
Trailing 14-0 late in the first period but driving past midfield, Jevell Taylor played centerfield on a Titusville pass play, making the first of five interceptions by the Astronaut defense. Though he didn’t score, giving the War Eagles possession at their own 30, it was the last offensive threat by the visitors until the final seconds.
SATELLITE 13, BAYSIDE 7
Both Satellite and Bayside entered Week 5 still seeking their first win of the season, but it was the Scorpions who ultimately walked away with the victory.
Kicker Kyle Downie kept Satellite in the game with two first-half field goals, and junior Alex Nicks put the Scorpions up for good with a 45-yard go-ahead touchdown run in the third quarter.
Both teams will hit the road next week and play their second district game of the season with Bayside matching up against Eau Gallie and Satellite taking on Merritt Island.
HOLY TRINITY 24, COCOA BEACH 13
After a sluggish, scoreless first half that featured six punts, Holy Trinity running back Jashaun Corbin rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns in the second half to pace the Tigers to a hard-fought victory.
Corbin finished with 175 rushing yards on 18 carries, including scoring runs of five and 70 yards. The sophomore has rushed for 596 yards and scored eight touchdowns for the season.
HERITAGE 34, OSCEOLA 14
Daeshawn Mills ran for three touchdowns to help Heritage defeat Osceola in a nondistrict game.
Mills ran for touchdowns of 63, 80 and 24 yards to help Heritage (3-1) take down Osceola (4-1), ranked No. 3 in Class 8A by The Associated Press.
Mills, whose touchdowns broke a 14-14 tie, led all rushers with 180 yards on 14 carries. Two of his touchdown runs came on fake handoffs, then runs up the middle. The third came on a busted play.
UNION COUNTY 18, MCC 7
The Union County Tigers spoiled homecoming for the Melbourne Central Catholic Hustlers and in the process they won their fifth consecutive game of the season.
The Hustlers led most of the game until late in the fourth quarter. With time running out in the fourth, the Tigers’ Dairon Alexander scored his second and third touchdowns of the game to defeat the Hustlers.
Although the Tigers came into the non-district contest averaging 345 passing yards per game, they largely used Alexander’s ground speed to defeat the Hustlers.
Alexander scored three touchdowns and all 18 points for the Tigers by rushing for 109 yards on 11 carries.
Brian Lankford-Johnson ran for 226 yards and four touchdowns as the Pirates shut down Melbourne.
Palm Bay took control early, scoring on the opening drive as Lankford-Johnson scampered into the end zone from 37 yards out. After a shanked punt, Palm Bay scored a little more than a minute later, when quarterback Stuart Brown found Dez Arthur on a 30-yard pitch-and-catch to put the Pirates up 14-0 midway through the first.
The Pirates’ defense was also smothering, limiting the Bulldogs to two first downs in the first half and just 116 yards overall.
MERRITT ISLAND 34, PORT ST. LUCIE 7
Port St. Lucie struck first, but all it did was wake up Merritt Island.
The Mustangs’ offense responded by scoring 34 unanswered points and the defense gave up just three first downs the rest of the game.
After managing just one first down on its first three drives, the Mustangs finally got something going on its next possession. Deben Peterson got the Mustang offense rolling with an 11-yard touchdown grab from Jimmy Batch after a 45-yard rumble by Raleigh Barfield got the Mustangs in the red zone.
With 38 seconds left in the half, the Mustangs traveled 55 yards on two plays to score on a Batch 26-yard toss to Mason Denaburg with seven seconds left in the half to take the lead for good.
SPACE COAST, POINCIANA, PPD
Space Coast’s game at Poinciana was canceled due to weather. The game will be made up in two weeks either on Thursday, Oct. 8, or Friday, Oct. 9.
MERRITT ISLAND CHRISTIAN AT LANDMARK CHRISTIAN, PPD
Merritt Island Christian’s trip to Haines City was foiled by lightning. The game was called shortly after 8:30. The game was tied at 0-0 in the first quarter.
A make-up date has yet to be determined.