PALM BAY — For the first time this season, the Melbourne High football team lined up in victory formation.
It wasn’t easy as Bayside battled until the end, but the Bulldogs gave head coach Scott Grish his first victory of the season, 34-13, on Friday night at Bayside High.
“You preach hard work and finally you get one,” Grish said. “It has been a rough year.”
The Bulldogs blocked two punts in a row that turned into 10 of the 20 points that Melbourne put on the board in the second quarter.
The first block led to a Quintavious Terry touchdown. Bayside High held Melbourne to a field goal after the second blocked punt.
“We have come a long ways on special teams, we have been working at it and working at it, we are getting a little better at it,” Grish said.
The Bulldogs would go on to score two more times to take a 27-3 lead into halftime. Quarterback Elijah Burnett ran for a touchdown and threw for two others, including a 40-yarder to Dezmond Morgan with 2:01 left to seal the win.
Bayside’s defense held Melbourne to 216 total yards Friday night, but miscues once again doomed them.
Bears quarterback Patric McNally had a big night, throwing for 289 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown to his favorite receiver — Troy Hilton. Hilton finished with 10 catches for 175 yards.
“They showed a lot of heart, it was a good football game,” Grish said.
And Melbourne is hoping this is just the beginning for his team.
“Believe it or not, we still have hope that we can get into that three-way tiebreaker even though we are 1-7,” Grish said. “You have to preach hope and have faith and hopefully everything turns out.”