VERO BEACH – Collier Proctor threw three touchdowns to Will Peckham in the first half to lead St. Edwards past Merritt Island Christian on Friday. The junior quarterback completed 7/10 passing attempts and threw for 177 yards in a rare passing display by the Pirates.
SES Coach Brad Fojtik says the coaches saw a great opportunity to pass on the Cougars from watching game film.
“We saw how often Shorecrest was putting eight or nine men on the line of scrimmage,” said Fojtik. “We practiced a few plays specifically for Merritt Island this week, knowing they would try to do the same thing. We used some play action on them early, and Proctor executed the plays nicely.” Peckham, a senior who plays both wide receiver and defensive back, had a huge day for the Pirates. Peckham’s three scores in the first half and his 116 yards were impressive, but Fojtik noted that he did more than just that.
“Will had some big hits for us at cornerback,” said Fojtik. “He worked hard on both sides of the ball, had an interception, and also did a nice job returning punts.”
Fojtik couldn’t stress enough how much his scout team helped him prepare for the last two contests.
“Coaches Dan Rooney and Greg Budde really did a nice job with the scout team,” said Fojtik. “All of these kids can’t score touchdowns every week, or make it into the paper. These kids have taken on a great role for the team and I really have to give them a ton of credit.”
Cameron Budde added two TDs for St. Edward’s, and Chris Barbato had two interceptions.
The Pirates host defending District Champions Warner Christian next week, and Fojtik is looking forward to the challenge.
“Our kids are ready, and our staff will have them prepared. That game will help us find out where we are at as a team.”