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Cougars win easily over Landmark | USA Today High School Sports

Merritt Island Christian players go through postseason drills.

Merritt Island Christian players go through postseason drills.

MERRITT ISLAND – Faced with three games in eight days, the Merritt Island Christian football team may have gotten just what it needed on Monday.

The Mustangs ran over an outmanned Landmark Christian team from Haines City, 51-8, less than 72 hours after defeating Faith Christian and four days before traveling to play International Community. The Cougars improved to 3-2.

MIC coach Brian Power said the cushion on the scoreboard gave his team a chance to improve itself.

“Up until this game, we only had one game with a strong air attack,” he said. “We were able to some things through the air tonight that we hadn’t been able to do before.”

Starting quarterback Max Power passed for 112 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Jonathan Whitley, for 37 and 14 yards. The other went to Mac Scott for 15. Power also scored on runs of 10 and 8 yards.

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Tim Whitley rushed for a 5-yard score and J.D. Tingley for a 3-yarder.

Max Power said the team couldn’t afford to overlook Landmark, now 0-5.

“We try not to think of the game that way,” he said. “We’ve already lost a game this year we should have won. The biggest thing is making sure we don’t beat ourselves.”

The Cougars gained 339 yards of offense in the game, averaging 9.7 yards per play. They built a 37-0 lead by halftime, and both the third and fourth quarters were shortened as a result.

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Merritt Island Christian 51, Landmark Christian 8

LC  0 0 0 8 — 8

MIC  23 14 7 7 — 51


1st Quarter

MIC — Max Power 10 run (Power run), 6:56

MIC — Jonathan Whitley 37 pass from Power (Power run), 5:00

MIC — J. Whitley 14 pass from Power (Payton Jones kick), 2:00

2nd Quarter

MIC — Mac Scott 15 pass from Power (Jones kick), 8:43

MIC — Power 8 run (Jones kick), 8:39

3rd Quarter

MIC — J.D. Tingley 3 run (Jones kick), 2:00

4th Quarter

MIC — Tim Whitley 5 run (Jones kick), 1:45

LC — Greg Smith 48 pass from Kendall Lanier (Lanier run), 0:30


Rushing: LC — Exantus 8-0, Lanier 4-(-1); MIC — Power 8-104, Tingley 7-72, T. Whitley 5-55, Nick Stallone 2-(-4). Passing: LC — Lanier 7-13-1 80; Exantus 2-4-0 (-1); MIC — Power 7-13-1 112 3. Receiving: LC — Exantus 4-(-1); MIC — J. Whitley 3-72, T. Whitley 2-25, Scott 1-15, Stallone 1-0.

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