OKEECHOBEE 65, BAYSIDE 58, 5 OT
In Okeechobee, Bayside had several chances to win, but a fumble at the one-yard line in the fifth overtime cost the team a chance at victory.
The Bears are still seeking their first victory this year. However, on the bright side, the 58 points they scored were more than in their previous seven games combined.
Bayside had scored a total of 43 points across the first seven games, with nine points being the highest total in any one game. All of that changed Friday night, but the team still couldn’t grab the W.
There were times Friday when the win was so close they could practically grab it. The Brahmans committed 13 penalties and fumbled the ball eight times.
HOLY TRINITY 48, ARCH CURLEY 13
In Melbourne, the county’s leading rusher, Jashaun Corbin, ran for 184 yards and a touchdown, caught a 38-yard touchdown and returned a kick 90 yards for a score to lead Holy Trinity.
Corbin even got in on the passing game, connecting with Sean Taylor for a 38-yard completion on a half back option.
The impressive victory was capped off with the news that Fort Pierce John Carroll defeated Melbourne Central Catholic 37-3, which means the Tigers and Rams are assured of Class 3A, District 6 playoff spots. Holy Trinity hosts John Carroll on Oct. 30 for the district championship.
ASTRONAUT 18, LAKE HIGHLAND 12
In Orlando, Devell Taylor rushed for 35 yards on five carrier out of the wildcat in second half, scoring the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter to propel Astronaut into the playoffs.
By defeating Lake Highland, the War Eagles clinched a Class 4A, District 5 playoff berth.
Javian Hawkins had perhaps the play of the game in the second quarter when he broke three tackles around the line of scrimmage before taking off for a 76-yard touchdown.
Astronaut has a meeting with 4A-5 leader Cocoa next week.
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JENSEN BEACH 36, EAU GALLIE 29
In Jensen Beach, the home team scored in the final minute to win a back-and-forth game against Eau Gallie.
Tim Caffey connected with Tyrese Jackson with 30 seconds left in the game to grab the victory.
Eau Gallie quarterback Matt Wilson completed six passes for 184 yards and a touchdown. He also scampered for an 85-yard score.
JOHN CARROLL 37, MCC 3
In Fort Pierce, in a key Class 3A, District 6 game, the Melbourne Central Catholic Hustlers needed a victory over the John Carroll Rams in order to keep their postseason hopes alive.
Unfortunately for the Hustlers, the Rams proved worthy of postseason play for the first time in 11 years as they defeated the Hustlers.
The Hustlers were able to avoid the shutout as Will McKegg converted on a 47-yard field goal as time ran out in the first half of play.
The Rams’ victory eliminates the Hustlers from any possibility of postseason play.
The district title will be now be awarded to the winner of the Holy Trinity versus John Carroll game in two weeks, with the loser becoming the district runner-up.
SOUTH FORK 35, MELBOURNE 21
In Stuart, Melbourne held a brief lead after one quarter, but South Fork scored three times in the second, propelling it to victory.
Chris Singh had touchdown runs of 23 and 66 yards to give Melbourne a 14-7 lead after one quarter.
But South Fork scored three unanswered TDs in the second quarter and led 28-14 at the half.
Melbourne pulled within a score when Dezmond Morgan punched in an 18-yard TD in the third quarter, but South Fork clinched the game with one more score midway through the fourth.
LAKE MARY 14, MIC 8
In Lake Mary, Merritt Island Christian grabbed an early lead, but a tough third quarter led to a close defeat to Lake Mary Prep.
MIC opened the scoring when quarterback Max Power hit Steven Williams for a 12-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Power converted the two-point play, and the Cougars led 8-0.
In the third quarter, Lake Mary struck twice on TD passes by Walker Dycus.
Dycus hit Connor Whan for a 15-yard score, then the QB took the two-point conversion in to even the score. Less than three minutes later, Dycus hit Matt Upper for a three-yard score. The two-point try was not good, but Lake Mary led 14-8.
With a full quarter remaining, MIC couldn’t punch in a potential game-tying score, and the Cougars fell 14-8.
ROCKLEDGE 47, SATELLITE 14
In Satellite Beach, Jalen Mitchell rushed for 191 yards and four touchdowns to lead Rockledge past Satellite.
Mitchell carried the rock 28 times for a 6.8 yards per carry average.
Mitchell didn’t win the game on his own. Rockledge linebacker Steven Garcia picked up a Satellite fumble in the third quarter, returning it 40 yards for a touchdown. Orlando Oquendo also racked up points for the Raiders in the fourth quarter with a 46-yard touchdown run.
This win marks an improvement for the Raiders compared to last year when they went 2-8 for the season. They’ve already doubled their wins so far and now have a 4-3 record.
HERITAGE 28, SEBASTIAN RIVER 15
In Palm Bay, Heritage High all but wrapped up a playoff spot by defeating Sebastian River.
The Panthers have district games at Jensen Beach (2-1 in 14-6A), coming Friday, and home against Bayside (0-3) a week later. If Heritage wins either of those games, they’re in.
Josh Gaines had a big 64-yard touchdown run that put the Panthers up 21-13 in the third quarter, and Daeshawn Mills sealed the victory with a 43-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
VIERA 17, MARTIN COUNTY 14
In Stuart, several key mistakes cost the Martin County High School football team a chance to clinch the District 6-7A championship.
Viera defeated Martin County primarily by taking advantage of two Martin County turnovers and untimely penalties. An interception combined with a critical penalty led to a first-half touchdown for Viera, which also recovered a fumble that ended the potential game-winning drive with about five minutes to play.
The Martin County defense held Viera (4-4, 2-0) to a season-low points total.
COCOA 63, JONES 6
In Orlando, Cocoa quarterback Bruce Judson accounted for five first-half touchdowns, including runs of 12, 10 and 49 yards in a rout of Jones High School.
He added two passing TDs, a 48-yarder to Juwan Armstrong and 45-yarder to Chauncey Gardner to end the first half.
The Tigers never had to start a drive inside their own 30 and started 6 of 8 drives at its 45 or better.
MERRITT ISLAND 33, TITUSVILLE 0
In Titusville, Merritt Island quarterback Jimmy Batch completed all 13 passes her threw for 249 yards and three touchdowns in a shutout of Titusville.
He had scoring passes of 38 yards to Deben Peterson , 16 yards to Luke Clark and 25 yards to Raleigh Barfield to go along with a 17-yard run that he took into the end zone himself.
Quenton Ashley anchored the Mustangs’ stout defense with a big interception that thwarted Titusville’s best scoring threat.
PALM BAY 49, SPACE COAST 14
In Melbourne, Palm Bay rushed for 448 yards in a rout of Space Coast.
Brian Lankford-Johnson rushed for 192 yards and three touchdowns while also catching a 34-yard pass for a fourth TD.
Jared Morris added 154 yards for the Pirates for three touchdowns.
Palm Bay has won six games in a row after losing their season opener to Cocoa.