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Cocoa clinches fourth state football title, denies Bolles 12th state championship


Marty PallmanBy Marty Pallman

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Cocoa Tigers couldn’t have been more one-dimensional in their 4A state championship game against Bolles.

Luckily for them, that one dimension was more than enough for a 31-17 victory for Cocoa Thursday night at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

Cocoa rushed for 430 yards and only attempted one pass in winning the fourth state title in school history and first since 2010, denying Bolles from extending their state record to 12 state championships.

Running back Javian Hawkins put the Tigers (11-1) on the board only 71 seconds into the game on the first long run of the night, a 70 yarder to paydirt to give Cocoa the early lead. Hawkins finished the evening with 118 yards on only nine carries.

Lasedrick King punched in the first of his two scores on a 10 yard run with 3:55 left in the opening period to put Cocoa up 14-0.Cocoa Tigers

Bolles (12-1) answered early in the second quarter and made it a one touchdown game on a 5 yard TD pass from Alabama commit Mac Jones to E.J. Porter. But it only took four plays for the Tigers to answer, as senior quarterback and USF commit Bruce Judson tore off a 75-yard run to put Cocoa back up 21-7. Judson was only 0-1 passing on the game but ran for 158 yards on only 18 carries.

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