TITUSVILLE — Astronaut head coach Randy Hallock wasn’t sure how his team would respond to an ugly 49-7 loss in Cocoa last week — a game which could have won the team a district title.
It turns out the War Hawks couldn’t wait to get back on the field.
Brad Canarie threw for 101 yards and four touchdowns in the first half to help Astronaut dismantle Somerset Academy 47-0 in the War Eagles’ final home game of the year Friday night.
“When you play as bad as we played last week and get beat like we got beat by Cocoa — I didn’t know how we were going to respond,” Hallock said. “They responded the exact way we, as coaches, wanted them to.”
It may have been Senior Night for the home team, but it was sophomore Javian Hawkins who got things started, sweeping around the right side for a 39-yard touchdown run on Astronaut’s first offensive play of the game.
MORE: Brevard County high school football
Astronaut (5-4) would go on to score five more touchdowns for a total of six on their first 11 plays from scrimmage.
When the War Eagles weren’t scoring touchdowns, they were wreaking havoc in the Somerset (0-9) backfield, piling up seven sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions.
Astronaut should face a tougher task next week on the road when they face Space Coast in the final game on their regular season schedule.
“Hats off to the kids because they bounced back and got a nice little win tonight,” Hallock said. “Now we’ve got to go to Space Coast and it’ll be a much tougher game for us next week.”
Astronaut has already earned a spot in a regional quarterfinal playoff game regardless of next week’s outcome.
Astronaut 47, Somerset 0
Astronaut 28 13 6 0 — 47
Somerset 0 0 0 0 — 0
HOW THEY SCORED
A — Javian Hawkins 39 run (Tristan Schultheis kick); 9:11.
A — Jordan Taylor 34 pass from Brad Canarie (Schultheis kick); 6:05.
A — Hawkins 5 pass (Schultheis kick); 2:16.
A — Cameron Ockerman 6 pass from Canarie (Schultheis kick); 0:15.
A — Caleb Ferguson 12 pass from Canarie (Sammy Kline kick no good); 11:04.
A — Mac Massengill 49 pass from Canarie (Kline kick good); 7:36.
A — Trevor Susie 5 run (2pt no good); 0:00.
Rushing: A — Javian Hawkins 6-72, 2TD, Bradyn Briggs 1-14, Dominick Robinson 9-74, Trevor Susie 3-12, TD, Cameron Ockerman 1-4, Ryan Sharpe 1-12. Passing: A — Brad Canarie 4-6-0, 101 yards, 4 TD.. Receiving: A — Cameron Ockerman 1-6, TD, Mac Massengill 1-49, TD, Jordan Taylor 1-34, TD, Caleb Ferguson 1-12, TD..
Records: Astronaut 5-4, Somerset 0-9.