By: Donny Rieber
Posted on 321Sportscast FB page on October 19, 2019
Venice 48, Cocoa 21
The Cocoa Tigers and the crew from 321Sportscast headed west to meet the Venice Indians. Offensive lineman Richie Leonard returned from injury for the Tigers and Caziah Holmes had a heck of a night, including a 99-yard touchdown run. Unfortunately, that’s where the good news ended.
Cocoa (5-2) got close a couple times, tying the game at 7 on the Holmes 99-yard run, and an Amarion Gaines recovery on a muffed punt led to a nine-yard TD run by Holmes to make it 21-14. A Nick King Field goal made it 21-17, but Venice scored to make it 27-17 at the break.
Holmes’ third touchdown of the night made cut the Venice lead to 34-24 with 26 seconds left in the third quarter. Venice poured Salt in the wounds scoring a touchdown with 1:32 left in the game and to the Tigers credit, Gaines answered with a 90-yard kickoff return to end the game on a positive note for Cocoa.
Auburndale 18, Heritage 7
Auburndale scored 12 points in the fourth quarter, beating the Heritage Panthers 18-7. The only Heritage touchdown came in the second quarter on a Tay Farmer 26-yard run, giving the Panthers a 7-6 lead at the time. The loss drops Heritage to 3-4.
Tenoroc 26, Titusville 0
Wayne Hooper had a heck of a night for the Titans, scoring all four of his teams’ touchdowns. He had a 78-yard interception return, a 22-yard fumble return, and two rushing touchdowns. The Terriers are now 1-6 on the season.
Rockledge 42, Palm Bay 6
The Raiders (7-1) scored 21 points in each of the first two quarters, coasting to a huge win over the Pirates.
Rushing touchdowns from AJ Hall (3 yards), Avery Smith (32 yards), and Michael Alves Jr. (4 yards) ended the first quarter scoring and Alves Jr. had a 13-yard run in the third quarter. Raheim Sanders scored two touchdowns, including a 55-yard pass play from Elias Allen.
The only Palm Bay touchdown came 2:53 before halftime on a Markelle McKay 21-yard run.
Merritt Island 27, Port Orange Atlantic 20
The Mustangs (4-3) got a 15-yard touchdown from Mike Moss to Buck Mitchell in the first quarter and a blocked punt recovered in the end zone by Jake Woods in the second quarter, helping them to a 20-7 lead at the half.
Port Orange Atlantic made it 20-14 late in the fourth, but Moss answered with a 7-yard run with 1:27 left, giving his team a 27-14 lead. Port Orange would score with 45 seconds left to get within a score, but the Mustangs held on.
Legacy Charter 28, Cocoa Beach 21
Legacy Charter jumped out to a 14-0 lead before Thomas Nargi found Haven Marascio for a touchdown with 5:31 left in the half to make it a one-touchdown game. The backbreaker came when Legacy Charter scored with one second left in the half, making it 21-7.
Nargi had a rushing touchdown in the third quarter and another in the fourth, with the latter coming with 10 minutes left in the game to tie the game at 21. Legacy Charter scored the game-winner on a rushing touchdown with 6:58 left.
MCC 45, Satellite 7
Melbourne Catholic Central got off to a fast start and never took their foot off the gas, leading to their second win of the season.
Deandre Blake had two six-yard touchdowns in the first half, and Tre Blake added a 10-yard run before the half. Blake added a 5-yard run in the third quarter and runs of 14, and 12 yards in the fourth.
Gage Malkin’s six-yard run in the second quarter was the only Satellite touchdown. The Scorps fall to 5-3.
Viera 42, St. Cloud 7
The Hawks (5-2) made it look easy with a 35-point win over the Bulldogs. Bryce Norton had runs of five, 15, and 10 yards, and had a 36-yard pass to Davis Mallinger to start the scoring. Viera’s 21-point third quarter put this one out of reach for good.
Bayside 54, Gateway 20
The Bears got two touchdown passes from Logan Brabham, including a 50 yarder to Chase Smith in the first quarter. Smith also had an interception return on defense in the third quarter to make it 44-6.
Gateway is still winless on the season, dropping to 0-8, while the Bears improve to 3-5.
Other Scores: Space Coast 25, Father Lopez 6; Astronaut @ Berekely Prep – POSTPONED