COCOA DOMINATES BOLLES 31-17 TO WIN CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
By Space Coast Daily // December 9, 2016
CONGRATS TO THE TIGER NATION!
ABOVE LIVESTREAM: Follow Live Play-By-Play action of the Cocoa Tigers vs. Bolles Bulldogs in the Class 4A Championship Game provided by the Friday Night Locker Room’s Orville Susong and Steve Wilson.
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – The punctuation mark on the 2016 season for the Cocoa Tigers occurred just one minute and 49 seconds into Thursday night’s Class 4A State Championship game at Camping World Stadium vs the Bolles Bulldogs.
Junior running back Javian Hawkins took a handoff from quarterback Bruce Judson, found a hole the size of one of the section exits at Camping World Stadium and sprinted 70 yards to put the Tigers on top 7-0.
They never trailed in the game and except for Bolles opening drive of the second half, never seemed to worry their lead would ever be in doubt.
Cocoa would force the most prolific offense in Class 4A on a three and out on their first possession and then followed up their first scoring drive with a 10-play 60-yard drive that ended when Lasedrick King scampered 10-yards for another Cocoa touchdown to put the Tigers up 14-0.
Bolles would eventually answer with their longest drive of the game.
ABOVE VIDEO: After forcing Bolles to a three and out on their first possession, Lasedrick King scampered 10-yards for another Cocoa touchdown.
Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback commit, Mac Jones, placed the Bolles offense on his shoulders for 15 plays and capped it off with a five-yard touchdown toss to EJ Porter to close the gap to 14-7.
But that’s as close as the Bulldogs would get and in fact— would need their next four drives to run 15 more offensive plays. Following the Bolles touchdown drive, the Tigers needed just four plays to answer.
On second and eight from their own 25-yard line, senior quarterback Bruce Judson called his own number and found another one of those holes big enough for the entire Cocoa backfield to run through at the same time— Judson took off 75-yards down the left sideline for another long Tiger rushing touchdown and a 21-7 lead.
Alex Petruzzello added a short field goal right before the half and the Tigers were comfortably ahead 24-7 at the break.
Bolles took the second half kickoff and turned to their leading rusher to get them back into the contest.
ABOVE VIDEO: Cocoa Tiger QB Bruce Judson rushed for 158 yards, including a 75-yard TD run, speaks with Steve Wilson
It almost worked as Jalen McCloud ran for 42 yards on the drive, getting his team to the Cocoa nine-yard line but on third and five, Bolles wide receiver Nick McGee dropped a Mac Jones pass and Bolles was forced to settle for three points.
The field goal turned out to be the only points of the third quarter for either team.
Near the end of the third quarter, Bolles would once again drive the field on Cocoa’s defense but once again the Tigers would minimize the outcome, this time holding Bolles without any points.
Cocoa Defensive coordinator Lance Jenkins guys bent but did not break and on fourth and four from their 12-yard line, forced and incomplete pass that effectively broke the will of the Bulldogs offense.
What happened on Cocoa’s ensuing drive, ended the Bolles Bulldogs night as a team.
Four plays into the final quarter, the “Cocoa Tigers quarter” as the thousands of fans chanted who attended from Brevard County, Lasedrick King darted 72-yards to extend the Tigers lead to 31-10.
ABOVE VIDEO: Lasedrick King of the Cocoa Tigers, who rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns, speaks with Steve Wilson.
EJ Porter scored his second TD of the game for Bolles but the garbage time touchdown would only make the score look closer than the contest was.
The Tigers defense held an offense that outscored opponents by an average margin of 50-14 this season and scored 603 points to just 234 yards of total offense. The Bulldogs defense would fare no better allowing the Tigers to rush for 425 yards.
ABOVE VIDEO: Cocoa running back Javian Hawkins (120 yards 1 TD) speaks with Steve Wilson.
The Tigers attempted one pass all night and why throw when your quarterback and two of your running backs all gain over 100 yards and average at least a first down every time they carry the football.
Current South Florida Bulls quarterback commit Bruce Judson led Cocoa with 158 rushing yards while Lasedrick King rushed for 134 and Javian Hawkins 120.
Tigers head coach John Wilkinson, who won his fourth state title and 144th career game on Thursday night, preaches defense first and tonight was no exception.
ABOVE VIDEO: The Cocoa Tigers celebrate their fourth Florida High School Athletic Class 4A Title
Zach Beagle led the way with nine total tackles while Joquan Lennear, DaDa White and Javian Hawkins each had six stops.
Lennar has three tackles for a loss.
The Tigers will graduate 22 seniors this season but will return players such as Hawkins, Howard Stewart and DaDa White to a team next season that should be favored to return to Orlando.
ABOVE VIDEO: Steve Wilson speaks with Cocoa Head Coach John Wilkinson.
ABOVE VIDEO: Steve Wilson speaks with relentless Cocoa defender CJ Bartley
ABOVE VIDEO: Cocoa Tigers Josh Patrick
ABOVE VIDEO: Cocoa Tigers Zach Christian is all smiles after winning state title
ABOVE VIDEO: Alan Zlotorzynski speaks with Howard Stewart of the Cocoa Tigers
ABOVE VIDEO: Steve Wilson, Orville Susong and Alan Zlotorzynski wrap up the Tigers big state championship win