Boyd’s 2 interceptions help Viera shut out Rockledge
Viera High's Brennen Deplancke looks for room to run during Friday night's game against the Rockledge Raiders. Deplancke ran for 54 yards and scored on a 1-yard TD run as the Hawks won 38-0.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
Jamyson Boyd isn’t just a Viera Hawk.
He’s a ballhawking Viera Hawk.
Those talents were on full display in Friday night’s season opener as the senior intercepted a pair of passes during Viera’s 38-0 win over visiting Rockledge.
Including last week’s Kickoff Classic win against Eau Gallie, Boyd has intercepted three passes already. But he’s not doing it alone. The Hawks gave up just four completions and 22 passing yards Friday night, and two of those receptions came at the end of the game with Viera’s starters on the bench.
Between Boyd, Trevor Merritt, Evan Cruz, Malek Folston, Will Champion and Ian Hubbard, the Hawks have themselves quite a talented secondary.
“We’re pretty defensive back heavy,” Boyd said. “We call ourselves DBU a lot because our defense is a strong point on our team and our defensive backfield is definitely one of the top (units).”
The Hawks got solid play all across the board Friday night.
Tre Nixon returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown to set the tone. He also caught three passes for 87 yards, including a 64-yard reception that set up a Viera touchdown.
Brennen Deplancke, starting once again in place of running back Zack Blanch (high ankle sprain), ran for 54 yards and scored on a 1-yard touchdown run.
Quarterback Hayden Kingston completed 11 of 14 passes for 162 yards and also ran for an 8-yard touchdown.
Alex Cabrera scored on a 2-yard run and also had 66 yards on three receptions.
Trevor Merritt had a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown and kicker Trey Schaneville added a 27-yard field goal for the Hawks.
Matt Martorelli had a pair of sacks to add to a defense Boyd said he would match against any offense in Brevard County.
Boyd’s first interception came on an underthrown ball in the first quarter. His second came in the end zone on Rockledge’s first drive of the third quarter, after the Raiders had driven to the Viera 18-yard line and were threatening to score.
“I was starting off on the right side of the hash (mark) because it looked like they were going to try to throw a jump ball over our other corner, Trevor (Merritt),” Boyd said. “But once I saw the quarterback drop back and move to the right, I just cheated over a little bit and as soon as he threw it, I went and got it.
“You’ve got to be a ballhawk.”
With Cruz, Merritt, Folston, Champion and Hubbard, the Hawks have a whole bunch of them.
“We have six defensive backs that we rotate in there and they’re all good players,” Hawks coach Kevin Mays said. “We’re lucky this year to have good skill players on both side of the ball.”
Viera (1-0) will certainly get a major challenge next week when the team travels to Allen, Texas to take on a team ranked No. 12 in the country by USA Today in their $60 million stadium, which just reopened Friday night.
Allen quarterback Mitchell Jonke made his debut as the varsity starter and threw for five touchdown passes and ran for another in a 48-16 win over Denton Guyer. Allen has won 44 consecutive games.
The Hawks will leave for Texas Thursday morning.
“They’re great,” Boyd said. “I think it will be fun and a great experience for our team.”