Week 6 around the Treasure Coast saw the region’s two top-ranked teams serve against each other as Treasure Coast comfortably won their District 6-8A while Vero Beach had to work for their victory. against Centennial.
Port St. Lucie had to outlast Astronaut in the fourth quarter, but took a 20-13 win to start 2021 with a 4-1 start, the best for the program in over a decade.
Elsewhere, five other Treasure Coast teams were each held in single digits in mostly unbalanced losses. Notably, Jensen Beach lost their first District game 20-6 against Stranahan and will have to rebound quickly next Monday with another District game against Boynton Beach pending.
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Treasure Coast 35, Fort Pierce Central 7
Although their leader got screwed in the first quarter, the wealth of Treasure Coast playmakers gave the other players a chance to stand out.
Rico Porcha made three touchdowns and Jamison Davis pulled off an 85-yard touchdown run as the Titans won their District 6-8A 34-7 opener against Fort Pierce Central.
Porcha ran in for a 20-yard touchdown on Treasure Coast’s first practice, but on the Titan’s next possession, Eden James had to be helped off the field after a postponement to midfield.
After taping his foot and loosening up, James was held out the rest of the night with Treasure Coast already having a lead thanks to Porcha’s two-meter run in the second quarter.
Davis, who also had his moments early in the season, took advantage of more touches and found a loophole in Cobra’s defense by making a transfer home midway through the second quarter.
The Treasure Coast secondary had a big night canceling the Fort Pierce Central passing attack as Shamir Sterlin, Kymani Edwin and Justin Carcel all had a first-half interception and defensive lineman Corey McIntyre, Jr. was dominant up front for the Titans.
Jadyn Azeredo-DeMatthews had a 30-yard touchdown in the third quarter and Porcha scored her third touchdown of the night in the fourth quarter to top the score for Treasure Coast.
Fort Pierce Central avoided being shut out thanks to Nick Halliday’s 20-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Mcleod late in the fourth quarter.
Vero Beach 40, centenary 28
Vero Beach started their first district game with a thrilling aerial attack and ended the game with a solid ground play.
Maurice Smith Jr. shot four touchdown passes and Quincy Rodgers rushed to score two second-half goals on Friday night as the Indians opened the District 6-8A game with a 40-28 victory over St Lucie West Centennial at the Citrus Bowl.
Logging in on his first 14 pitches, Smith had 22 of 26 with 352 yards with an interception for the Indians (4-1, 1-0).
“He’s a great player and I think he’s getting better every week,” Vero Beach coach Lenny Jankowski said. “He’s really great to train. I have a lot of fun with him. I love doing that, and it makes it even more fun.
Smith hooked twice for touchdowns with Ephraim Floyd (10 catches, top 166 yards), and once each with Vandrevius Jacobs (eight catches, 118 yards) and James Smith.
Bruising runner Reggie Ferguson led the rushing game with 108 punishing yards on 13 carries. The quick Rodgers, who had 52 yards on five carries, sidelined the game with a 43-yard sprint on the fourth down with 2:27 left.
“They know very well how to put the game away,” Smith said of his backfield. “They are like Thunder and Lightning.”
Centennial’s Dylan Miranda rushed for two touchdowns and threw one at Tyler Buck for the Eagles (3-3. 0-1). DJ Dunbar returned a fumble for a score, and Isaiah Roberts landed an interception and a recovery fumble.
Smith scored the first of his three points in the second scrimmage game, finding his namesake on receiver for 52 yards and an early 7-0 lead.
On the Indians’ second possession while driving, quarterback Smith was tagged and the ball passed to linebacker Dunbar, who scampered 83 yards across the sideline to tie the score at 11:39. play in the quarter.
Vero Beach came back up at 2:08 left when Smith found Floyd, who grabbed a pass, backed up and ran 14 yards for a 14-7 lead.
The Eagles capitalized on a second turnover when Roberts recovered from a fumble in the second quarter. At the fourth and goal at 1, Miranda slipped for the first of her two counts.
Vero regained the 20-14 lead on a 70-yard pass from Smith to Floyd, but Centennial kicker Julian Guerrero was 42 yards wide by the time the clock ran out.
“Towards the end of the half we were able to pass the ball to them a bit,” said Eagles coach Josh Watkins. “I thought we would be successful with the ball, but they had two big saves to start (the second half). This kind of us slowed down.
Jacobs’ 43-yard reception in the final quarter was sensational, capturing a short pass behind the cornerback and battling defenders in the final 25 yards – and losing a glove and shoe to Billy Livings Field in the process. .
The junior ended the reception by taking several Eagles with him into the end zone.
“It was just grinding. I learned that from Coach (Randy) Bethel in the weight room, ”Jacobs said. “I think it was like three, maybe four (guys). They were right after me.
– Bill Whitehead
Port Saint Lucie 20, astronaut 13
Saleem Felder’s touchdown run in the fourth quarter put the Jaguars in the lead and the Port St. Lucie defense fended off any late return attempts to improve on their best start to the season in a decade.
A Sylas Bachler sack in the final 25 seconds helped preserve the victory as the Jaguar defense knocked Astronaut down on the downs as Port Saint Lucia improved to 4-1, the program’s best start to the season since 2011 when the Jaguars started 3-1.
For the second week in a row, Santiago Guerrero and Allen Graham connected for a long touchdown, as their 80-yard score put Port St. Lucie in the lead midway through the second quarter.
After holding back Astronaut on their next possession, a blocked punt and recovery from TJ Schuck traveled 50 yards for a touchdown to give the Jaguars a 13-0 lead at halftime.
Antonio Caito put Astronaut on the board with a five-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Larry Lee’s two-yard touchdown to open the fourth quarter tied the game after the Eagles missed an extra point.
Felder scored 33 yards to put the Jaguars back in front and they held on thanks to his defense as they held Astronaut in fourth halfway through the quarter and again to finish the game.
– Ryan Kemp
Central Florida Christian Academy 49, St. Edward’s 7
A fiery Pirates team entered their comeback game with great confidence after securing back-to-back SSAC victories, which put them at the top of the standings.
With the emphasis on trying to control the clock and not knocking the ball over until Friday night, it turned into a nightmare for St. Edward’s.
Returning the ball four times and scoring just seven first tries all night, the Pirates were outscored 28-0 in the second half to taste defeat for the first time in 2021.
Dylan Redmon hit Connor Wolfe for a five-yard touchdown in the first quarter to give St. Edward’s an early lead and Wolfe stopped a strike from Eagle with an interception at the goal line on the first possession of the ACFC.
The Eagles took a 14-7 halftime advantage behind their heavy offense and dumped it as they took the second half kickoff and rolled for a touchdown and converted two turnovers from pirates in two more affected in the third quarter.
St. Edward’s hopes to regroup next Thursday with a road game against Cornerstone Charter Academy.
– Brown pledge
Stranahan 20, Jensen Beach 6
Gavin Harte scored all points on two field goals for the Falcons, who trailed 14-6 at halftime but couldn’t find the end zone as they lost their District opener 14-5A.
Jensen Beach will get another District game on Monday at home, as they face Boynton Beach in a game postponed from September 17.
Seminole Ridge 34, Fort Pierce Westwood 0
Another slow start tormented the Panthers as they never recovered and fell to 0-2 in the District 8-7A game. Westwood will seek their first win of the season against rival Fort Pierce Central next week.
Dwyer 40, Sebastian River 0
The Sharks were overwhelmed in the second quarter, allowing three touchdowns in their District 8-7A opener and will look to bounce back next week on the road against Port St. Lucie.
Pahokee 41, Okeechobee 7
Michael Bugarelli put the Brahmins on the scoreboard in the second half with a touchdown run, but the Blue Devils behind four touchdown passes from the highly prized Austin Simmons sent Pahokee to victory.
Okeechobee will seek his first win of the season next week in Martin County.