SPACE COAST DAILY SPORTS: Cocoa Set to Take On Bayside in Kickoff Classic Action Friday Night
By Space Coast Daily // August 14, 2019
SEE THE 2019 COCOA TIGER PREVIEW BELOW
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Welcome to the Space Coast Daily/Friday Night Locker preview edition of Brevard County high school football for the 2019 season.
This is the 25th season of high school football coverage for the principals of Space Coast Daily and the Friday Night Locker Room – brought you by Erdman Automotive.
The 2019 season is filled with talented student-athletes all across Brevard County and many are being sought after some of the best college football teams across the country.
With many decisions to be made by numerous athletes on where to pursue their college dreams, the Space Coast Daily – Friday Night Locker Room team is your go-to source for the latest announcements and commitments made by the athletes.
Last year, nine Brevard County teams received bids to the postseason, which is the highest number of Brevard County teams to make the playoffs in one season.
This season, local teams are looking for another record year. Teams are not only looking to make the playoffs but win championships.
With high school football season upon us, excitement for football can be felt across Brevard County as teams prepare for 2019, season which gets underway August 16 with the Kickoff Classics.
This year’s coverage on Space Coast Daily TV will feature a dynamic broadcast lineup that was the first official media entity to bring prep football play-by-play coverage on radio and TV to Brevard County.
Space Coast Sports Hall of Famers Steve Wilson and Orville Susong of the Friday Night Locker Room will once again bring you all the live action from the broadcast booth.
In addition, Chris Bonanno, Jordan Rocco, Matt O’Hern and Zach Clark will anchor play-by-play broadcasts this season.
The broadcast teams have a total of more than 100 years of covering high school football in Brevard.
These Live broadcasts will feature cutting edge coverage on Space Coast Daily TV, featuring player interviews, replays, highlights, pre-game and post-game analysis and much more.
SEE THE COCOA TIGERS PREVIEW BELOW
COCOA TIGERS 2019 SEASON PREVIEW
– 2018 Record: 10-4
– Head Coach: Ryan Schneider (2nd year)
August 23 – vs. Viera
August 30 – @ Hoover
Sept. 6 – vs. Osceola
Sept. 13 – @ Sebastian River
Sept. 20 – @ Heritage
Sept. 27 – vs. Glades Central
Oct. 4 – vs Mainland
Oct. 18 – vs. @ Venice
Oct. 25 – vs. Holy Trinity
Nov. 1 – @ Rockledge
2019 SEASON OUTLOOK
Chris: The Tigers had, by their standards, a bit of an uneven regular season under first-year head coach Ryan Schneider but the transition from a grind-it-out, power running offensive system to a spread look paid huge dividends in the postseason.
Their third consecutive run to the state finals was punctuated by a pulsating come-from-behind win over a loaded Ft. Lauderdale University team 32-31.
If Cocoa plays as well defensively as they did during the postseason run, you’d have to favor them to make a fourth consecutive state finals appearance, especially in what appears to be a wide-open northern half of Class 4A.
That the Tigers return the potent backfield combination of quarterback D.J. Arroyo and running back Caziah Holmes doesn’t hurt either.
Zach: Having made it to the State Championship game three-straight years, the Tigers are primed to make it a fourth if they can stay healthy. This team will be exciting to watch on the offensive side of the ball.
Quarterback DJ Arroyo returns for his junior year and is already getting looks by some big-time colleges, thanks to his prolific arm and elusiveness in the pocket.
Add to the Cocoa Tigers’ bag of tricks, a Rivals 2020 Top 250 prospect in RB Caziah Holmes and Florida 2020 commit OL Richie Leonard. This offense could be a well-oiled machine come playoff time.
If Cocoa wants to hoist the State Championship trophy this year, it may come down to the defense to get them over the finish line. The revenge tour starts early for Cocoa when they face off against Viera in week 1, who defeated the Tigers in a 49-42 slugfest last year.