Viera exacts revenge on Eau Gallie
It's been a perfect combination so far between Viera High receiver Tre Nixon (left) and quarterback Hayden Kingston. Viera's QB threw four TD's Friday night, hitting Tre Nixon with one and Devin Nixon with two touchdowns. Devin Nixon received the visiting team's sportsmanship award.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
Nothing says revenge like a running clock.
And that’s what Viera High did to Eau Gallie Friday night, making up for last year’s defeat by scoring all 42 of its points in the first half to force a second-half running clock as the Hawks defeated the host Commodores 42-0 in a Class 7A, District 12 football game.
Viera (5-0, 2-0) may not have clinched its first-ever playoff appearance with the victory, but the Hawks are definitely in the driver’s seat with the accelerator pushed to the floor. It’s a stark difference from last season, when Viera went 8-2 but missed the postseason because of losses to Eau Gallie and Melbourne.
“We wanted to make up for last year,” Hawks coach Kevin Mays said. “The kids were hungry. … We played really well the first half. We’ve still got to cut back some of the penalties and turnovers from the past few games, but we’re playing pretty good right now.”
A big reason for that is the play of Viera’s offensive line – Mitchell Brown, Austin Roberts, Brian Pickles, Justice Newberry and Hunter Ulrich.
Not only did they give running back Zack Blanch plenty of room to run, they also protected junior quarterback Hayden Kingston, who threw four touchdown passes Friday night.
Viera started scoring quickly as junior Tre Nixon appeared to be untouched as he returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown.
“Great blocking from the team,” Tre Nixon said. “I saw an open hole and I hit it. … It was a momentum boost (for the team), definitely a great feeling.”
The Hawks would make it 14-0 on a 28-yard pass from Kingston to Devin Nixon with 4:51 to go in the first quarter when lightning delayed the game for nearly two hours.
Returning to the field, the Hawks picked up where they left off. Blanch scored on a 1-yard run on the final play of the first quarter and Kingston threw three touchdown passes – 56 yards to Tre Nixon, 79 yards to Devin Nixon and 10 yards to Blanch – in the second.
Trevor Merritt’s fourth quarter interception erased any chance the Commodores had of scoring. Viera has now allowed just 16 points in two games with two shutouts while the offense has been quite explosive with Kingston at the helm.
The junior has thrown for 899 yards and 14 touchdowns since becoming the Hawks’ quarterback this season.
“He’s been playing really well,” Tre Nixon said. “… I would say (what stands out) is his decision making. When we have a safety on one side, he knows who to throw to, who is going to be open. And the way he spreads the ball around and throws with precision accuracy is really good, (too).”