Hawks clinch 1st district football title in school history

Kingston, Nixon and Blanch have big nights in 40-21 victory over visiting Space Coast Vipers


All eyes are on Viera quarterback Hayden Kingston as he awaits the snap. Kingston threw four TD passes Friday night, three of them to Tre Nixon.


District champs.

Everyone associated with Viera High football -- players, coaches, teachers, administrators, fans, boosters … heck, even the family dog will like how that phrase rolls off the tongue this morning.

While Viera’s 40-21 win over Space Coast on Senior Night at Hawk Stadium kept the Hawks unbeaten at 8-0, Melbourne’s 28-14 victory against Martin County means the Hawks are the outright Class 7A, District 12 champions.

It’s the first district title in school history.

“It feels great,” junior quarterback Hayden Kingston said. “It’s what we worked for all year. It’s what we expected when we started the year. It’s pretty cool to know everything’s coming full circle and the hard work’s paying off.”

Viera will host Martin County next Friday, have a week off, and host the first playoff game in school history on Nov. 14.

One thing is for sure, Viera will need to play better than it did Friday night against Space Coast. Though the big plays were there – Kingston threw four touchdown passes, three of them to Tre Nixon – the Hawks made some uncharacteristic mistakes.

“To be honest, I don’t think we played good at all, really,” Kingston said. “I think we had a lot of things not go our way. We hit the big plays. We played well at times, but I think the little things are what kept the game close in our eyes.”

Distraction and Space Coast receiver Jason Browning (two TDs) were the Hawks’ biggest enemy Friday night.

“I think the emotional win (at Melbourne last week) and Senior Night … it’s tough for these kids to handle. They’ve never done it before,” Hawks coach Kevin Mays said. “But to come out … we still put a good amount of points on the board. The defense played good. We had a couple of breakdowns. We’ll fix it.”

Trailing 7-0, Viera tied the game on a 51-yard punt return by Jamyson Boyd. Kingston would hook up on touchdown passes of 81, 42 and 41 yards to Tre Nixon, along with a 13-yard TD pass to Devin Nixon.

Tre Nixon finished with five receptions for 182 yards. Zack Blanch also had an outstanding game, rushing for 138 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown run.

It may not have been the best game the Hawks have played this season, but becoming district champs for the first time in school history … now that’s a night to remember.

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