Alan Zlotorzynski: Week 2 In Review – Prep Football Recap By the Numbers
By Alan Zlotorzynski // September 9, 2015
Another exciting week of high school football is in the books and the theme of Week 2 was “out of town.”
Brevard County teams were involved in a dozen games versus teams from out of the county or out of the state of Florida.
The local guys were 6-6 with the most dominating performances coming from the Rockledge Raiders and Cocoa Tigers, who each shutout their opponents.
Head Coach John Wilkinson’s team played their 11th out of state opponent but first ever game against an out of state opponent at home.
The Tigers were dominate from start to finish and won 35-0.
Not to be outdone by his former head coach, former Cocoa Tiger quarterback and now current Rockledge head coach, Wayne Younger, got the first win of his career.
The Raiders rebounded from a Week 1 loss and defeated Duval Charter from Jacksonville 41-0.
Here is the rest of the week two recap by the numbers:
• 47: Point differential Brevard County schools had in their favor versus out of area opponents on Friday. Brevard County teams outscored out of area teams 274-227.
• 18,000: Likely attendance in Allen Texas during the Allen Eagles and Viera Hawks game on Friday night. The Eagles beat the Hawks 56-20 in their new state of the art $60 million stadium. For the record, the Tampa Bay Rays, who are in the middle of a heated Wild Card race in American League, drew 18,000 fans just twice in their most recent six game home stand. In fact, they averaged just 9,404 fans during the first three games vs. the Minnesota Twins, whom they are battling for one of the two playoff spots.
• Four: The number of Brevard County teams undefeated two weeks into the high school football season. They are the Cocoa Tigers, Eau Gallie Commodores, Space Coast Vipers and the Melbourne Central Catholic Hustlers.
• 25: Distance in yards Matt Stephens’s field goal traveled as the Eau Gallie Commodore kicker gave his team a last second 24-21 win over Astronaut.
• 227: Yards Holy Trinity RB Jashaun Corbin rushed for in his team’s 36-7 win over Harvest Community. Corbin also found pay dirt three times on the ground, and oh by the way, Friday night was the first time Corbin ever played the tailback position. The sophomore prefers to play receiver. Who knows how many yards he may have rushed for if the game had not been stopped before the start of the third quarter because of lightning in Greenland Park area?
• 228: Combined yards that Rockledge running backs Jalen Mitchell and Keith Freeman rushed for in the Raiders first win of the season, a 41-0 victory Duval Charter.
• 65: Yards Will Erdman returned on an interception for in the second quarter on what turned to be the game-winning play as the Melbourne Central Catholic Hustlers stayed unbeaten on the young season with a 13-7 win over the Satellite Scorpions.
ABOVE VIDEO: Cocoa Running Back Timmy Pratt speaks to Friday Night Locker Room’s Alan Zlotorzynski and Space Coast Daily following a 35-0 victory over Western Branch (VA).
• Pratt: This one is a bit unique because it’s a by the “name” recap. If your last name was Pratt and you were in a Brevard County backfield on Friday night, you did pretty well. In Cocoa, Timmy Pratt ran for 120 yards and scored two touchdowns in the Tigers 35-0 win vs the Western Branch Bruins from Chesapeake Virginia. Meanwhile, over in Merritt Island, Taquan Pratt scored four touchdowns and rushed for 96 yards as the Mustangs beat (37-12) a perennial playoff participant, the Lake Wales Highlanders.
Player of the Week: Holy Trinity RB Jashaun Corbin who had 227 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in his first-ever game playing the tailback position. Congratulations Jashaun.
Week 3 Game of the Week
The Cocoa Tigers, ranked No.1 in Class 4A in Florida and No. 12 in the USA Today Super 25, will travel to take on the IMG Academy on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. in Bradenton.
IMG is ranked 17th in the USA Today Super 25 and all they did Saturday was beat a team from the Lone Star State in Texas. IMG took down the Desoto Eagles 49-29, and in the past two seasons, have defeated and outscored Texas teams 118-68 in the process.
The Eagles were ranked No.5 nationally to start the 2015 high school football season. In contrast, the Viera Hawks flew to Allen, Texas last week to take on the No.7 ranked Allen Eagles and were defeated 56-20.