Cocoa shuts down Warner Christian

Cocoa shuts down Warner Christian


Cocoa shuts down Warner Christian



Cocoa High got on the board in a big way Friday night.

The Tigers, 0-2 on the season, took out their frustrations on Warner Christian in a 28-0 non-district victory.

The Tigers limited the Eagles (3-1), ranked third in Class 2A, to just four first downs and 52 yards while the visitors ran the ball at will.

Cocoa ran up 410 yards of offense, most coming in the first half. The Tigers scored once in the second half, Jaelon Knowles hit Rakeem Murray with a 28-yard scoring strike in the fourth quarter.

Cocoa had 16 first downs to Warner Christian’s four in the contest.

“(Warner’s) going to be there in the end. That’s what I told them,” Wilkinson said. “Their kids fight and they’ve got good athletes and the quarterback can throw it. They played a good game.”

KEY PLAYERS: Lorenzo Pratt rushed for 129 of his 156 yards and three touchdowns (1, 5 and 20 yards) in the opening half for Cocoa. Teammate Tarean Folston had 95 yards on 18 carries. Quarterback Jaelon Knowles was 5-for-6 for 85 yards and a touchdown.

THEY SAID IT: “I give all of the credit to (Coach Allen). They do a good job and their kids were fired up at halftime and they competed,” Cocoa coach John Wilkinson said. “We still made some mistakes and we’re going to get that fixed.”

“I don’t believe in moral victories but we’ve got a group of kids that have figured out that if you fight and compete it’s not who you play but how you play,” Warner coach Steve Allen said. “Our football team grew up a lot tonight.”

WHAT’S NEXT: Cocoa will travel to Merritt Island next Friday while Warner Christian travels to Pine Ridge.

RECORDS: Cocoa is 1-3, while Warner Christian falls to 3-1.

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