PALM BAY, Fla. – The Melbourne High School Bulldogs traveled to Palm Bay High School Friday night for the Babcock Street rivalry.
In the first quarter, Melbourne quarterback Cooper Cristiano tried hitting his receiver, but Pirate safety Twonnie Pollard intercepted the pass and took it all the way to the one-yard line.
Palm Bay scored on the next play to take an early 7-0 lead. In the third quarter, Melbourne running back Tra' Mitchell had one of the Bulldogs' best runs of the night from 10 yards out, diving for the pylon, but stepped out on the one-yard line.
The very next play, Melbourne scored their first touchdown of the night, cutting the Pirates' lead to 7 with just a few minutes left in the quarter. But Palm Bay's offense proved to be too strong for the Bulldog defense.
Pirates running back Sekai Lindsay broke a 60-yard touchdown run at the end of the third quarter, and Palm Bay would go on to beat their cross-town rival 28-14. With the loss, Melbourne falls to 1-2.
With the win, Palm Bay improves to 2-0, for this first time since 2010. Next week, both teams will open district play at home, the Melbourne Bulldogs against Eau Gallie and the Palm Bay Pirates against Rockledge.