The Satellite Scorpions finished 7-4 in 2019 with their season-ending with a 28-20 loss to Discovery in the Heroes Bowl. While the season did not end the way the Scorpions wanted, the 2020 season holds a lot of promise for Head coach Ted Kimmey’s squad.
Quarterback Gage Malkin completed 97 of his 170 passes last season totaling 958 yards and six touchdowns He was also known to take off with the ball as well, running for 168 yards and five touchdowns. He will be a junior this season, and there is little doubt those numbers will improve.
Backup quarterback John Hinkell threw for 350 yards and two touchdowns. He is expected to return this season as well and should see time at tight end again this season as well.
Malkin should have his top two targets back in Danny Colby, who had 38 catches for 525 yards and a touchdown, along with Gunnar Greenwald who had 43 receptions for 379 yards and three touchdowns. Greenwald has committed to play college football at the University of South Florida. He shared the news in a tweet on April 22.
The rushing attack saw a lot of guys get touches last season, including five underclassmen that had over 100 yards. Christopher Morris was the teams’ leading rusher with 389 yards. He has graduated, so it will be up to guys like JD Arnold, among others will be moved up the depth chart, among others. Brayden Green had 12 catches for 118 yards last season and two touchdowns. He should be an even bigger part of the equation this coming season.
The defense lost 111 tackles with the graduation of Arnold. Jonah Montanez finished the season with 59 tackles, Gabe Betts had 54, and Vady Clark amassed 48. They are the leading returning players on the defensive side of the ball.
Colby had 12 of the 28 kickoff returns for 298 yards and nine punt returns for 153 yards, totaling 451 return yards in total. Kicker Gene Lewis hit 35 of the 37 extra points he tried last season. With those guys both expected to return, the special teams should be in good shape.
The Scorpions schedule is in the early stages as of the writing of this preview. As of now, they will open at home against Cocoa Beach at 7:00 p.m. They will play Father Lopez on September 4 in Daytona and host Tampa Bay Christian Academy on September 11.