All season long the Cocoa Beach Minutemen have hung around in close games but have been unable to get the win.
Unfortunately for them, Thursday night was no different as their furious rally against the Orlando Jones Tigers came up short, falling 28-20 in a Class 4A, District 5 contest.
“We kept battling. I’m proud of them,” Cocoa Beach coach Tony Piccalo said. “It’s just been one of those seasons. We’ve got two more weeks.”
Trailing 28-6 early in the fourth quarter, Cocoa Beach (0-8, 0-4) drove down the field and ended up scoring on a 2-yard pass from Antoine Griffin to Chick Winn, but the two-point conversion was unsuccessful.
On the ensuing drive, the Tigers were content with just running out the clock until a couple of penalties in Minutemen territory forced them to pooch punt. The punt turned into a highlight as Griffin came in untouched from the right end to block it. The ball landed in his hands and he took it 60 yards for the score that made it 28-20 after a two-point conversion.
Cocoa Beach’s defense then forced another punt with 2:20 remaining. Griffin led the offense down to Jones’ 27, but he was sacked as time ran out on a broken play.
Griffin finished 20-of-37 passing with 144 yards through the air and two TDs. He also ran for 71 yards on 15 carries.
“He never quits and our team took on his persona in the last quarter,” Piccalo said.
Jones (2-6, 1-2) threw the ball just four times and racked up 311 rushing yards.