Viera football ends regular season undefeated
Viera defeats Martin County, now 9-0
Viera High's Marco Foreman and Conner Post combined to sack Martin County quarterback Austin Kuyrkendall during Friday night's 36-3 victory. The win capped a perfect regular season for the Hawks. The only thing that didn't go as planned is when the players tried to get coach Kevin Mays with the Gatorade bath. Mays, who sensed it was coming, jumped out of the way just in time.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
Talk about a perfect season
The Viera High football program had a goal to go undefeated coming into 2014 and with Friday night’s 36-13 victory over visiting Martin County, the Hawks have done just that.
Not only did the varsity finish 9-0 in the regular season, but Viera’s JV team went 7-0. Heck, throw in the Hawks’ Kickoff Classic win over Merritt Island and Viera went 17-0 this year.
Now that’s quite an accomplishment.
“This is my first time being part of (an undefeated season),” Hawks coach Kevin Mays said. “It’s huge. Everybody sets goals to go undefeated, and to see it come true … it just shows those guys that if they work hard enough, they can make it happen.”
Viera has a bye next week before the district champions host their first-ever playoff game against Class 7A District 11 runner-up Charlotte on Nov. 14 at Hawk Stadium.
Charlotte (5-3) clinched its playoff spot Friday night with a 28-14 victory over Port Charlotte. District champion Fort Meyers (9-0) will host Melbourne (6-3) in the other regional quarterfinal.
The Hawks closed out their 4-0 district season by rallying past Martin County thanks to the play of its defense, which recorded six sacks and got interceptions from Conner Post and Jamyson Boyd.
The offense got cranking behind the play of running back Zack Blanch, who rushed for 150 yards, and a 42-yard touchdown pass from Hayden Kingston to wide receiver Nathan Hartnett in the second quarter as the Hawks turned a 6-3 first quarter deficit into a 15-6 halftime lead.
Jordan Stengel added a 4-yard touchdown run, Brandon Mays scored from a yard out and Quinton Richardson caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Kingston to help Viera put the game out of reach. Kicker Trey Schaneville had field goals of 31 and 32 yards on the night.
“We weren’t too focused this week on Martin County,” Post said. “We were really focused on (what happens) two weeks from now. But now … I mean … we’ve got to re-focus. It’s a whole new season starting in two weeks.”
The Hawks are, of course, hoping for a deep playoff run. But no matter what happens, it’s been a magical season for the Viera program.
“It’s great for the seniors now, but I know we’re building a program here at Viera and it’s definitely going to keep getting better and better,” Post said.