After some pre-season football action in which almost all of Treasure Coast got to see what they had ahead of the start of the regular season next week, it was a strong night for the region.
Notable performances included Martin County’s 47-0 thrashing of Seminole Ridge, Vero Beach limiting Boca Raton to just three points in a 31-point victory, John Carroll Catholic shutting out Port St. Lucie 34-0 and Treasure Coast rising to Rockledge and emerging with a 16-14 win.
TCPalm takes a look at what stood out from the teams in the region as we review Week 0 and shine a light on the names that stood out.
John Carroll Catholic 34, Port St. Lucie 0
Wide receiver Marion Frederick has shown at times in 2021 that if the ball gets thrown at him, he can turn it into a big play.
Now a senior and taking on a bigger role, he showed on Friday night that he can take on more responsibility as he fired a 22-yard touchdown catch on a Jaguar defender and shook off another tackle on a screen pass for an 8. – yardage score in the Rams’ shutout victory.
Frederick wasn’t the only receiver to have a big night as classmate Freddie Pittman had three catches for 110 yards, including a 60-yard reception and a senior engagement and Lehigh, Aidan Singleton showed his speed with two long touchdown catches of 49 yards and 86 yards. for the Rams.
Quarterback Dawson Maehl threw for 303 yards on just nine completions, junior running back Tony Colebrook rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown and on defense, Auburn’s commit Wilky Denaud had two sacks and the second TJ Alford had 11 tackles.
As the Jaguars were shut out, Port St. Lucie only led 14-0 at the end of the first half but allowed Singleton’s 49-yard score and struggled to complete solid drives who stalled outside the red zone in the first half.
Fort Pierce Westwood 18, Forest Hill 12 (2OT)
For a team that hasn’t won a game in 2021, Fort Pierce Westwood in its first game under Chris Kokell seemed the more organized team compared to the Falcons, who reached the state playoffs last year. .
It helped that play along the lines, particularly the defensive front led by junior Chris Pierre, generated a move that broke up Forest Hill’s running play, with senior linebacker Bryce Haynes having a great night with some many crisp tackles.
Junior star cornerback Jaylyn Monds had a long interception return for a touchdown in the first half and the offense had its moments with junior running back Kevin Ryals having a good night with several physical contact runs .
The quarterback spot for the Panthers is one they will have to settle as the season progresses as rookie Joesph Weathers had a few moments and second Todd Jackson accounted for two rushing touchdowns in overtime, the latter eventually being the margin decisive for victory.
Treasure Coast 16, Rockledge 14
Shomari Pettigrew showed he was one of the best sprinters in the region at last year’s 4A FHSAA Track and Field Championships when he placed sixth in the 100 meters with a time of 10.76 seconds.
In his first game on the gridiron for the Titans, the senior showed that if he gets the light of day, a simple transfer can lead to six points.
Pettigrew missed a host of Rockledge defenders on a straight snap and passed the defense for a 54-yard touchdown to help the Titans defeat one of the best teams in Brevard County.
Treasure Coast recovered a fumble late in the fourth quarter at the 12-yard line after the rain fell and Manuel German de Leon hit in a 25-yard field goal with 2:22 left in regulation which was the moment winner.
George Roberts scored on a four-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to open the scoring for Treasure Coast.
Vero Beach 34, Boca Raton 3
New faces showed Friday for Vero Beach that they could be counted on to produce, led by junior quarterback and SMU commitment Tyler Aronson throwing for 168 yards and two touchdowns.
Florida State wide receiver Vandrevius Jacobs caught seven passes for 114 yards and a touchdown and running back Justin Wulard had nine catches for 91 yards and a touchdown, both touchdowns coming from well-blocked screen passes .
Freshman EJ White saw time in high school but also had two touchdown passes to quarterback, showcasing his athleticism which Vero’s coaching staff say will have White as one of best talents of his high school career.
Sophomore linebacker Affeon Rivers picked up a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown that capped Vero Beach’s score.
Martin County 47, Seminole Ridge 0
Martin County speedster Denzel Alexander had flashes of brilliance in last year’s excellent 2021 season for the Tigers, helping the program win its first district title in 15 years.
The eldest showed on Friday night that he has the ability to score from anywhere on the pitch by beating anyone trying to catch him.
Alexander slashed the Seminole Ridge defense on a 92-yard touchdown run and picked up a second-half punt for another score as the Tigers pulled off an impressive blowout win at Palm Beach County.
It was also a solid showing for sophomore quarterback Jayden Vega, who threw two touchdowns and ran for another as the Tigers defensively forced four turnovers in the win.
Ricardo Weaver and Jayden Soto had touchdown receptions and Pauly Boisvert and Dominic Lucci each had touchdown points for the Martin County offense.
Jensen Beach 20, Legacy 13
With Eden James, one of the area’s top running backs in recent memory, graduating from Treasure Coast last year, there are a few returning contenders in the area who want the title of Treasure Coast’s top dog.
Jensen Beach junior Dennis Palmer, Jr. threw himself into the spotlight after his Friday night performance.
Rushing for 125 yards and two touchdowns, Palmer made his biggest play midway through the fourth quarter when he picked up a 95-yard kickoff after Heritage tied within a point at 14-13 to lead. the Falcons to victory.
Jensen Beach’s defense forced two fumbles and allowed just one offensive touchdown on the night.
South Fork 13, John I. Leonard 8
Jason Curry picked up an interception with three minutes left in the fourth quarter to put South Fork ahead 13-8 and a David McDermott backpack was picked up by Jonas Barros to help the Bulldogs to victory.
The South Fork defense had a big night finishing collectively with seven sacks.
Fort Pierce Central 19, Forest 6
Sophomore Ahmar Atwell threw three touchdown passes as the Cobras returned from Ocala with an impressive win.
St. Edward’s 28, Melbourne Central Catholic 7
Senior quarterback Dylan Redmon threw for 147 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 93 yards to help the Pirates enter the regular season with confidence.
Tyler Ross had six catches for 65 yards and a touchdown and the St. Edward defense had a great night as Patrick McMullen recovered a 37-yard fumble for a score and Josh Langsam along with Nicky Collontrelle also recovered fumbles for the Pirates.
Academy of Masters 42, Oasis Christian 0
Caleb Cotton accounted for all six Patriots touchdowns, including four on the ground to lead the offense.
Aiden Vitale had 12 tackles and Marcus Lasiter picked up two fumbles for the Master’s Academy on defense as they prepare for the 8-a-side football season in the SSAC.
Chiles 33, Sebastian River 6
After a scoreless first quarter, Sebastian River gave up 30 points in the second quarter as they fell to former head coach Kevin Pettis in Tallahassee.