SATELLITE BEACH — It may have been Senior Night for Satellite in its final home game of the season, but it was an upper classman for Space Coast who stole the show in a 24-0 shutout in a Class 5A, District 14 contest Friday night at Scorpions Stadium.
Space Coast senior running back Cornelius Fulton rushed for 85 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown run late in the first half to give the Vipers a 17-0 halftime lead. Fulton set up his short scoring run on his interception at Satellite’s 11-yard line with 2:03 remaining in the first half.
“That was my first interception and it felt great,” Fulton said. “I dropped back in a zone and I read the quarterback’s eyes and there it was.”
Fulton’s backfield mate, Gabriel Perez, led all rushers with 116 yards, including a trio of runs of 32, 20 and 50 yards as the Viper’s controlled the clock in the second half. Perez’ 50-yard burst set up Steven Barney’s 10-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.
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Space Coast quarterback Bradley Cantrell threw for 73 yards, including a 1-yard scoring reception to Nathan Carmick in the first quarter.
“We were planning on passing from the get-go and then busting up the run,” Fulton said. “But they’ve got a pretty good D-line so things didn’t go as planned — but we kept playing football.”
Satellite’s offense was stymied by penalties and a stubborn Viper defense throughout the game. Junior running back Zach Switzer was one the few highlights as he bulled his way for a team-high 58 yards and added a 15-yard reception.
Defensively for the Scorpions, junior defensive back Erik Askeland outjumped the intended receiver for a pair of first half interceptions to thwart Space Coast drives.
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Space Coast (5-2 overall, 2-2 in District 14-5A) rebounded from a 49-14 loss last week to Palm Bay with an impressive victory against the Scorpions (1-6 overall, 0-4 in District 14-5A).
“This feels good after a loss last week,” said Fulton. “It was great to bounce back with a good win, a shutout.”
The Vipers have dominated the series, which dates back to 2005, winning eight of the last nine contests.
Both teams continue their district schedules Friday at 7 p.m. with the Scorpions at Palm Bay while the Vipers host Titusville.
Space Coast 24, Satellite 0
Space Coast 10 7 0 7 — 24
Satellite 0 0 0 0 — 0
HOW THEY SCORED
SC — Nathan Carmick 1 pass from Bradley Cantrell (Gage Ferguson kick) 4:16.
SC — Ferguson 27 Field Goal, :11.
SC — Cornelius Fulton 1 run (Ferguson kick) :57.
SC — Steven Barny 10 run (Ferguson kick) 1:13.
Rushing: SC — Cornelius Fulton 18-85, Gabriel Perez 10-116, Nathan Carmick 1-4, Steven Barny 1-10. Satellite — Luis Morris 7-23, Seth Kennedy 3-8, Erik Askeland 3-(-4), Zach Switzer 9-58, Chris Ralston 1-1. Passing: SC — Bradley Cantrell 10-25-2, 73 yards. Satellite — Kennedy 6-18-3, 71 yards, Noah Mumme 3-5-0, 41 yards. Receiving: SC — Connor Perrine 2-11, Nathan Carmick 3-26, Jason Browning 3-19. Satellite — Askeland 3-54, Morris 2-24, Connor McManus 3-15, Switzer 1-15.
Records: Space Coast (5-2, 2-2 in Class 5A, District 14); Satellite (1-6, 0-4 in Class 5A, District 14).