Hawks slide past Sebastan River in district opener

Viera has outscored opponents 153-13 in three games


Viera players celebrated their victory over Sebastian River by sliding into the rain-soaked end zone.


The rain never let up, and neither did the Viera Hawks.

Playing in the middle of a heavy rainstorm that turned the back of the sideline into one big puddle, Viera High’s football opened Class 7A, District 12 play with a 34-6 victory over visiting Sebastian River Friday night.

“It was a great time,” junior wide receiver Tre Nixon said. “It was definitely an experience to remember, because there’s not many times you get to play in monsoon-type weather. It was very fun.”

Tre Nixon caught an 85-yard touchdown pass, his brother Devin Nixon scored on a 4-yard run and junior running back Zack Blanch scored on runs of 1, 45 and 17 yards as the Hawks improved to 3-0 on the season and 1-0 in district play.

“Considering what we played through, we played pretty well tonight,” Viera coach Kevin Mays said.

Despite the heavy rain, the Hawks did not vary from their offensive game plan, though making cuts and completing passes in the wet conditions did make things challenging.

“There were sometimes when we tried to throw the ball and I couldn’t even see the ball coming at me until the last second because it was coming through the rain,” Tre Nixon said.

It was a big week for the Hawks, who appeared in this week’s state Class 7A rankings for the first time in school history.

The 10-ranked Hawks clearly didn’t get a big head about that impressive accomplishment, rolling out to a 27-6 halftime lead.

In three games this season, Viera (3-0) has outscored opponents 153-13. Sebastian River’s lone score came after a blocked punt.

“I’ve got to give all the props to our defense because they played a hell of a game,” Tre Nixon said.

The Hawks will next host Astronaut in their homecoming game.

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