Hawks make Washington D.C. trip one to remember

Atkins’ three TDs key 21-6 win over Gonzaga


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Viera players and coaches pose in front of the U.S. Capitol Building during their trip to Washington D.C. The Hawks would go on to defeat Gonzaga 21-6.

VIERA VOICE Courtesy Viera Hawks Football

They had fun. They learned a lot.

And they won the game.

The Viera Hawks couldn’t have scripted their trip to Washington D.C. any better this past weekend, coming back with a 21-6 victory over Gonzaga College High School.

“Overall the trip was outstanding,” Viera coach Kevin Mays wrote in a text. “We were allowed to go on a couple of tours and show the players some things they have not seen before. To also walk away with a win made the trip overall great. The Gonzaga community also treated us outstanding.”

Viera, which lost at home to Gonzaga 31-19 last season, improved to 2-0 on the season. And by going out of state and getting a win, the Hawks joined programs like defending Class 4A champion Cocoa in helping put Brevard County on the national map.

“To be able to go out of state and get a win against Gonzaga is huge for the Viera program,” Mays wrote. “Gonzaga is a nationally known program with great players and coaches.”

Sean Atkins had a great night for the Hawks, catching touchdown passes of 34 and 8 yards, while also scoring on a 4-yard run.

Quarterback Tim DeMorat also had a big night, completing 31 of 46 passes for 326 yards and two touchdowns.

And then, of course, there was the Viera defense which did not allow a touchdown for the second straight game.

“The team played together tough and you can see that our bond as a team is starting to come,” Atkins wrote in a Twitter message. “Defense has been lights out so far this season and the offense is coming together. If we stop hurting ourselves, this offensive unit is going to be a threat to recon with.

“We beat a very good Gonzaga team, but we have a lot of work to do still.”

Atkins had 10 catches for 142 yards and the two scores – in the first half – and was particularly effective running the inside slant route against the Gonzaga defense, breaking plenty of tackles on the way to a big night.

“The slant was a very good play against a good defense, but coach Mays saw something in their defense that he kept calling it, and I was just the one to do what I was asked to do and make plays,” Atkins wrote. “The defense didn't really react to it fast enough, and luckily, I was the one to get the job done.

“But any of our receivers are capable of having a huge game.”

Despite an early turnover on a bobbled pass that was intercepted, the Hawks did a much better job of taking care of the ball than in their two previous games against Rockledge and Vero Beach (in the Kickoff Classic), which is a good sign for Viera moving forward.

“The offense finally starting to click,” Mays wrote. “Tim and Sean had a great connection Friday night which led to both of them having great games. Sean is someone we know we can always count on.”

It was also a big night for Viera’s defense, which did not allow a point against Rockledge and then came up with the goods again against a Gonzaga team that had put up 38 points in its season opener.

Viera served notice early on as defensive ends James Klaas and Miguel Rodriguez, along with defensive tackle Cooper Davis all met at the quarterback for a sack on the game’s second play.

Viera also got strong play from Brandon Mays; Brock Holland; David Eaton; Kyler Doane; Bear Bollinger; Mike Buccieri; Chancellor McGriff; Cortez Reid; Qunelias Phillips; Garrett Kaminski and Trey Schaneville.

“The defense is playing great they are trusting in each other and doing their jobs and not trying to do someone else’s job,” Mays wrote.

In addition to playing the game, the Hawks got a chance to tour the Washington D.C. area and visit the U.S. Capitol Building as a guest of Congressman Thomas Rooney.

“The trip was a blast a lot of us actually really enjoyed learning about the way our government works and some past events that have shaped the way America is today,” Atkins wrote. “Personally, my favorite part was seeing the Capitol. It was a great experience, and I’m glad I got to go and see all of the great things D.C. had in store for us.”

Viera returns to action on Friday when the Hawks host a very good Kissimmee Osceola (2-0) team in what should be another tough challenge.