COCOA BEACH – David met Goliath Friday night at Minutemen Stadium, but on this occasion the underdog did not pull the upset as fourth-ranked Cocoa routed winless Cocoa Beach 56-0 in its Class 4A, District 5 opener.
Tiger quarterback Bruce Judson spearheaded a potent Tiger offensive attack. The much-heralded sophomore was near perfect in passing while his backfield averaged 32 yards per rushing attempt.
Judson was 10-of-12 for 168 yards and three touchdown passes in the first half as Cocoa jumped out to a 43-0 lead before Mother Nature showed her prowess by delaying the game 90 minutes due to lightning.
When the Tigers returned to action, Judson’s primary role was handing off to running back Justin Weaver, who rushed for a game-high 185 yards on four carries — all of which resulted in touchdowns of 28, 22, 70 and 65 yards.
Cocoa leads 19-4 in the series which began in 1964. Cocoa Beach’s last victory was a 17-2 decision in 1972.
• KEY PLAYERS: Cocoa wide receiver Jevon Spencer caught a 21-yard scoring toss from Judson and added a 68-yard TD run. Kevin Troutman led all receivers with five catches for 81 yards, including a 5-yard TD reception, and Juwan Armstrong had a 6-yard scoring catch.
The Minutemen were stymied throughout the contest as Cocoa limited them to 37 yards total offense. Quarterback David Demeter was 4-of-9 passing with tight end Chris Kontos his favorite target with two catches for 10 yards.
• THEY SAID IT: “We really just focus in practice and it leads to good results in the game,” said Weaver. “Beautiful, beautiful, this was probably the best blocking I’ve seen all year and it feels pretty good to win a money game (district) like coach says.”
WHAT’S NEXT: The Tigers play at Daytona Beach Seabreeze on Friday at 7 p.m., while the Minutemen have an open week before hosting Port Orange Atlantic in their 50th homecoming Friday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Cocoa (4-1 overall, 1-0 in Class 4A, District 5), Cocoa Beach (0-6, 0-2 in Class 4A, District 5).