The Sandcrabs jumped out ahead of Titusville early and cruised to a 59-14 homecoming win, while wearing black helmets for the first time in the school's history.
BY MATT MENCARINI | STAFF WRITER
Much last last week’s win over Deltona, the Seabreeze Sandcrabs made quick work of the Titusville Terriers Friday night, for a 59-14 homecoming win.
For the first time in school history, the team also wore black helmets.
“I saw Stanford have them,” head coach Marc Beach said of the black helmets. “(I said) ‘Lets get those and see what they look like.’ And we did. And I thank the (Seabreeze Football) Booster Club. That’s all Booster Club stuff.”
The Seabreeze rout started, literally, with the opening kickoff, when Justin Sampson returned the ball for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead, after kicker Jordan Patsch added the extra point.
Getting out to an early lead -- the Sandcrabs led by 24 points before Titusville scored -- was key for Seabreeze.
Titusville’s wing-T offense can certainly wear down a defense over the course of a game. But because it’s a run-heavy offense, it's sometimes tough for teams that use it to come back from early deficits.
“When you got a chance to move and move the ball and get up on them early, it takes them out of their offense,” Beach said.
Quarterback Connor Blair threw touchdown passes to Jalen Hinson, Anthony Campanella and Charles Nelson in the first half.
Patsch kicked a 37-yard field goal with 4:24 left in the first quarter and Trey Rodriguez added a 5-yard touchdown run with 1:10 left in the second quarter to round out the first half scoring and send the Sandcrabs into the locker room with a 38-7 lead.
Beach was able take his starters out of the game toward the end of the third quarter and get playing time for his second string.
But the backups were no less effective than the starters, as quarterback Sam Chappius led the Sandcrab offense to a quick touchdown drive and found Jason Hewitt in the end zone.
Titusville added its second touchdown of the game on the last play of the third quarter, cutting the score to 59-14.
The Sandcrabs play South Lake High School Oct. 5, at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium.