COCOA 49, ASTRONAUT 7
In Cocoa, the Tigers took home their eight consecutive district title in defeating Astronaut.
Timmy Pratt, who scored on his first two touches, rushed 10 times for 203 yards for Cocoa.
Astronaut had clinched a playoff spot the previous week with its sweep of the rest of Class 4A, District 5. The War Eagles will play a regional quarterfinal game on the road in three weeks, while Cocoa will be at home.
MELBOURNE 34, BAYSIDE 13
In Palm Bay, for the first time this season, the Melbourne High football team lined up in victory formation.
It wasn’t easy as Bayside battled until the end, but the Bulldogs gave head coach Scott Grish his first victory of the season.
The Bulldogs blocked two punts in a row that turned into 10 of the 20 points that Melbourne put on the board in the second quarter.
Melbourne quarterback Elijah Burnett ran for a touchdown and threw for two others, including a 40-yarder to Dezmond Morgan with 2:01 left to seal the win.
Melbourne still has a chance to get into a three-way tiebreaker to make the playoffs despite a 1-7 record.
OKEECHOBEE 52, EAU GALLIE 45
In Melbourne, Eau Gallie fell behind big in the second half, but came storming back only to fall a bit short against Okeechobee.
Okeechobee led 24-21 at the half, increasing its lead to 31-21 after three quarters.
Okeechobee scored two quick touchdowns in the fourth quarter to take a 45-21 lead.
Jalen Shelton helped Eau Gallie move to 45-28 with a nine-yard TD run, but Okeechobee quickly answered to lead 52-28.
Eau Gallie scored two more touchdowns to trail by just one score, with the final TD coming with 49 seconds to go in the game.
The Commodores couldn’t get the ball back and lost by 7.
HERITAGE 27, JENSEN BEACH 12
In Jensen Beach, Heritage trailed at the half, but scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to defeat Jensen Beach in a Class 6A, District 14 matchup.
Heritage took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when Lasedrick King scored on a 6-yard run. Jensen answered quickly when Jamien Sherwood returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a TD. The kick was no good, and Heritage led 7-6 after one.
Jensen grabbed the lead when Jason Loucks scored on a 1-yard run midway through the second quarter. A two-point try was not good, and Jensen led 12-7 at the half.
Heritage regained the lead when King scored on a 9-yard run in the third quarter, making it 14-12.
King extended the Panthers’ lead in the fourth quarter with his third TD run of the night, this time on an 8-yard scamper.
Daeshawn Mills sealed the victory for Heritage with a 34-yard scoring run later in the fourth quarter.
King rushed for 174 yards and three touchdowns.
LAKE HIGHLAND PREP 35, HOLY TRINITY 20
In Orlando, Holy Trinity took a lead into the fourth quarter, but couldn’t hold on in a loss to Lake Highland Prep.
Devyn Castor ran for 123 yards and three touchdowns to lead Lake Highland.
Lake Highland did most of its damage on the ground, rolling up 197 yards rushing to 70 yards passing.
Jashaun Corbin led Holy Trinity with 197 yards rushing on 26 carries, but the team struggled with its passing game.
The Tigers only gained 13 passing yards on six completions in the first half, but still led 14-7.
Corbin scored one rushing touchdown and caught another.
However, three unanswered fourth quarter touchdowns from the Lake Highland offense sealed a comeback victory.
Lake Highland improved to 6-2 while Holy Trinity fell to 6-2.
MERRITT ISLAND 41, PALM BAY 31
In Merritt Island, the Mustangs wrapped up their fifth consecutive district title by defeating Palm Bay.
Palm Bay scored 21 unanswered points — including two touchdowns within 12 seconds — to turn a 10-point Merritt Island lead into an 11-point deficit at halftime.
But Merritt Island never gave up.
Quarterback Jimmy Batch dove in from the 1-yard line with 2:33 to play and Merritt Island held off the visiting Pirates the rest of the way to claim a wild victory and the Class 5A, District 14 title.
TITUSVILLE 38, ROCKLEDGE 21
In Rockledge, Dontavious Marcus scored four touchdowns to lead Titusville past Rockledge.
The loss eliminated Rockledge from playoff contention.
Marcus scored three different ways – two rushing touchdowns, a receiving touchdown and a punt block for a score.
SPACE COAST 24, SATELLITE 0
In Satellite Beach, Cornelius Fulton played big on offense and defense to lead Space Coast past Satellite.
Fulton intercepted a pass that ultimately led to his own rushing touchdown. Fulton finished with 85 yards rushing.
His backfield mate Gabriel Perez ran for 116 yards, including a trio of runs for 32, 20 and 50 yards – the latter of which led to Steven Barney’s 10-yard TD run.
Space Coast (5-2, 2-2 Class 5A, District 14) rebounded from a 49-14 loss last week to Palm Bay with an impressive victory against the Scorpions (1-6 overall, 0-4 in 5A-14).
SANTA FE CATHOLIC 48, MIC 0
In Merritt Island, Santa Fe Catholic dominated Merritt Island Christian on both sides of the ball in a shutout victory.
MIC only managed 44 yards rushing and 40 yards passing.
Santa Fe Catholic did most of its damage on the ground, rushing for 216 yards, while collecting 75 yards through the air.
Tyree Rodman led Santa Fe, carrying the ball four times for 108 yards and three touchdowns.
Santa Fe Catholic is now 8-0, while MIC fell to 3-5.
MIC plays next Thursday at home vs. St. Edward’s of Vero Beach.
FATHER LOPEZ 35, COCOA BEACH 14
In Daytona Beach, Cocoa Beach held a lead at haltime, but it was all Father Lopez after the break.
Lopez scored 28 unanswered points to defeat the Minutemen.
Mithcell Machock was 6-for-15 for 100 yards while David Demeter rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries.