GODBY(12-2) VS. COCOA(13-1)
A LOOK AT COCOA: Cocoa was a state semi-finalist last year losing to eventual state champion Naples in a very tight game. Last Friday night they took the next step and did it in thrilling fashion. A 52 yard field goal as time expired gave Cocoa a 20-17 win over a tough Miami Pace team. Cocoa has a dominant running game and has averaged 36.7 points per game. The defense has been stiff all year giving up 10.4 points per game.
GREAT WINS: Palm Bay(9-2, 5A) 28-0, Lake Wales(10-2, 3A) 41-7, at Ridge(10-2, 3A) 17-0, Desoto County(9-4, 3A) 35-7, Miami Monsignor Pace(11-3, 3A) 20-17.
SOLID WINS: at Bayside(7-4, 5A) 51-14, at Cocoa Beach(7-3, 3A) 49-22, at Space Coast(7-4, 3A) 36-22, Astronaut(6-4, 3A) 17-0.
THE LOSS: at Merritt Island(7-5, 4A) 15-14
OFFENSIVE LEADERS(stats without the Pace game):
Matt Younger: 44/93, 905 yards, 9 touchdowns, 3 interceptions.
Chevelle Buie: 144-1568(10.9), 16 touchdowns
Anthony Wilson: 119-763(6.4), 5 touchdowns
Marquise Dixon: 88-724(8.2), 12 touchdowns
Matt Younger: 78-384(4.9), 9 touchdowns
Chevelle Buie: 12-223(18.5), 3 touchdowns
Marquise Dixon: 10-174(17.4), 3 touchdowns
Wesley Allred: 10-102(10.2), 2 touchdowns
Winfred Strickland: 7-264(37.7), 4 touchdowns
DEFENSIVE LEADERS(stats without the Pace game)
Anthony Session: 155
Anthony Joiner: 81
Antonio Hilton: 56
Antonio Hilton: 3
Winfred Strickland: 8
E.J. Johnson: 5
A LOOK AT GODBY: Godby was 9-4 last year and they lost to eventual state runner-up St. Augustine in the quarterfinals. They avenged that loss this year with a 10-9 win in the quarterfinals. Last week they went on the road and beat Pasco(Dade City) 28-14. Godby averaged 35.1 points per game behind a prolific passing attack. The defense yielded 11.7 points per game.
GREAT WINS: Eastside(9-2, 4A) 39-28, Pensacola(8-3, 3A) 40-0, at Arnold(11-1, 3A) 48-6, at St. Augustine(11-1, 3A) 10-9, at Pasco(12-2, 3A) 28-14.
SOLID WINS: at Leon(8-4, 4A) 47-0.
THE LOSSES: at Madison County(11-1, 2A) 50-33, Lincoln(11-3, 4A) 17-16.
A.J. Graham: 225/361(62%), 3652 yards, 37 touchdowns, 9 interceptions
Lavorie Johnson: 169-1112(6.6), 10 touchdowns
A.J. Graham: 97-551(5.7), 10 touchdowns
Markes Jones: 74-422(5.7), 5 touchdowns
Willie Downs: 61-952(15.6), 13 touchdowns
Kessey Graham: 54-1015(18.8), 8 touchdowns
Chris St. Hilaire: 54-883(16.4), 10 touchdowns
Lavorie Johnson: 19-203(10.7)
William Davis: 13-226(17.4), 2 touchdowns
Justin Jones: 163
Brandon Hover: 125
Jericho Lee: 105
Jacari Thomas: 99
Justin Jones: 10
Rodney Busch: 8
Montrell Barnes: 7
Jericho Lee: 6
William Davis: 4
ANALYSIS: This is another game that features a running team vs. a passing team. Cocoa just beat Miami Pace who likes to throw the ball, while Godby has faced many running teams. Usually the running team is more consistent, but Godby QB Graham is a major D-1 recruit and he has a host of weapons. Also, Godby can run the ball with Johnson, Graham, and Jones. On the other side, Cocoa is real effective at what they do which is pound the ball with a trio of backs and Younger can keep defenses honest in the passing game. Cocoa's offensive line will need to control the line of scrimmage and get hats on the ball-hawking Godby linebacker's who are as active as any in the state. Linebacker Justin Jones is a treat to watch. The Cocoa secondary will be tested early and often. Winfred Strickland with eight interceptions will need to work his magic one more time. A better pass rush is necessary to take some pressure off the secondary. This is the first game of the weekend on Friday afternoon at 1:00 and will be live on the Sunshine Network. On paper, the Godby offense is more balanced. Godby is a little more explosive and a few big plays put them over the top.
Godby 28 Cocoa 24