Jamel Dean accepts his All America game jersey from Sgt. Ajyai Latchman before Friday’s game at Cocoa High School.
COCOA – The Cocoa High football team shut down Space Coast for its second district win this season, 57-7, to remain in the driver’s seat of Class 4A, District 5.
“Our goal always is to go undefeated in the district, so we can have a home playoff game in the first round. The only way to do that is to win them all. We’re going to take it one at a time,” Cocoa coach John Wilkinson said.
Cocoa got off to a sluggish start Friday night, allowing Space Coast to get within scoring range in the first quarter.
However, the Tigers’ opportunistic defense and special teams blocked a field goal attempt and came away with two interceptions on back-to-back series by Juandarius Dukes in the first quarter.
The high-powered Cocoa offense built a 43-0 halftime lead, behind three touchdowns from quarterback Bruce Judson to slot receiver Asante Griffin.
Griffin found the end zone three-out-of-nine times he touched the ball, including a 16-yard juggling touchdown catch with a defender draped over him.
“I knew that I was going to be open. When he threw it, I got my fingertips on it and the DB hit my hands. I knew I had to stay with it,” Griffin said.
Griffin finished with 44 yards through the air and 37 yards on the ground.
Jamel Dean touched the ball three times and scored twice for Cocoa, including touchdown runs of 11 and 95 yards.
After losing a fumble in the first quarter, the Tigers became very efficient on offense.
Teams aren’t able to load the box on defense against Cocoa, like in years past, without the threat of a deep pass over the defense.
“We were able to mix it up early and kind of got them off their game a little bit, Wilkinson said
. “Turning it over is not like us, but we turned the switch on and played better,.”
Before the homecoming game, Dean was honored with a selection to the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on Jan. 4 in Carson, Califnornia.