By: Donny Rieber
It was #RivalryWeek in Brevard County, as the 2019 regular season came to an end. 321Sportscast went to Vero Beach as the Vero Beach Fighting Indians (9-0) won their 62nd consecutive home game with a 28-14 win over the Viera Hawks.
Viera’s Davis Mallinger tied the game at 7 with 1:55 left in the first quarter and after Vero took a 14-7 lead in the second quarter. Vero went for it on fourth down late in the half and the Viera defense stood tall, setting up an exciting end to the half.
The Hawks Zak Sedaros intercepted a pass as the half was winding down. He returned it to the Vero 31 with one second left. Viera quarterback Bryce Norton scrambled and found Cooper Davis down the sideline, and he fought his way toward the end zone, but was stopped two yards short. 14-7.
Vero upped their lead to 21-7 with 9:37 left in the third, before Norton’s 16-yard run made it 21-14. The Indians would get the final touchdown of the game late in the third.
Viera is now 6-3 and will learn their fate Sunday during the selection show that can be seen here on 321Sportscast.
Eau Gallie 33, Melbourne 6
In the second game of the night on 321Sportscast, the Commodores scored 17 points in the first quarter including an 18-yard run and a 20-yard pass both for touchdowns from quarterback Cade Ross. They would up their lead to 24-0 at the half, when Ross found Jayden Campbell with an 81-yard toss.
Melbourne (7-3) would get on the board in the third with a 3-yard run by Tony Wright before Eau Gallie (9-1) got a safety. The Commodores’ final score came on a TJ Jones 40-yard punt return.
Rockledge 24, Cocoa 17
The 2019 edition of the Barbecue Bowl gave us a good one, as the Raiders scored two consecutive touchdowns in the fourth quarter to come away with the victory at home.
Rockledge (8-1) led at the half on the strength of a Jake Nobles 21-yard field goal in the first quarter. Caziah Holmes had a run of 58 yards early in the third to give Cocoa a 7-3 lead. That was erased when Kenard Snyder 45-yard interception return.
Holmes would get his second touchdown run of the quarter 19 seconds later, giving the Tigers (6-3) a 14-10 lead. A 24-yard field goal in the fourth gave Cocoa a 17-10 lead. Rockledge would tie it with 6:01 left on an Elias Allen 1-yard run. Avery Smith’s 2-yard run would give Rockledge the final score.
Palm Bay 30, Bayside 21
The Pirates led 14-0 early in the second quarter thanks to a Marquel Crawford 4-yard run, and LaAnthony Valentine finding Tyler Hayes with a 33-yard pass. Bayside would come back thanks to a Chase Smith 36-yard fumble return and an 11-yard run by Ravion Smith, tying the game at 14 before the break.
Bayside (3-7) would take the lead on an 8-yard run by Smith in the third before Palm Bay (2-7) would score 10 straight points to finish the third, and lead 24-21. Valentine would put the game away in the fourth with an 82-yard run.
Fort Pierce Westwood 29, Merritt Island 23
Brady Denaburg had field goals of 37, and 31 yards and Mikey Moss had a 4-yard run, giving the Mustangs a 13-7 lead at the half. Denaburg kicked a 31-yarder late in the third to give the Mustangs a 16-14 lead, and that was followed by a Daythan Peterson 35-yard touchdown run as time ran out in the quarter.
Fort Pierce Westwood would score 15 points in the fourth quarter, to win the game.
Heritage 32, Space Coast 7
Heritage quarterback Devin Alves had touchdown passes of 68 and 73 yards in the second quarter, as the Panthers led 12-7 at the half. They would add on when Chatavion Perry scored from 10 yards out in the third. They then got an 84-yard punt return for a touchdown from Farmer in the fourth and put the finishing touches on this one with Perry’s 8-yard run.
John Carroll 35, MCC 20
Melbourne Central Catholic (3-6) got the first score of the game on a Mekhi Love to Tre Blake 37-yard hookup, but the Hustlers found themselves down 28-7 at the half. They would outscore John Carroll 13-7 in the second half, but it was not enough to overcome the early deficit.
Astronaut 50, Titusville 0
The War Eagles (5-5) took care of the Terriers (1-8) scoring 14 in the first quarter and 22 in the third. Jaiden Dollard had runs of 80, 90, and 12 yards in this one, and Abreon Torres had two scoring runs, including a 65 yarder.
IMG Academy (White) 19, Satellite 9
Satellite got the first touchdown of the game on a Christopher Morris 10-yard run, but IMG answered to make it 7-6 at the end of the first quarter. The defenses took over from there, as neither team scored in the second or third.
A Gene Lewis 28-yard field goal gave Satellite a 9-7 lead, but Xavier Terrell’s two touchdown runs gave IMG the come-from-behind victory.
Holy Trinity 42, Indian Rocks 6
Holy Trinity’s Kevin Chandler had two touchdown runs and a touchdown reception in the first quarter alone, as the Tigers led 28-0, en route to a big win. He would return an interception 22 yards for a score in the second quarter, to cap off his great individual effort.
Poinciana 42, Cocoa Beach 0
The Cocoa Beach Minutemen dropped their season finale to the Poinciana Eagles out of Kissimmee. Cocoa Beach finished 2019 with a record of 2-8.