3A Preview: Godby vs. Cocoa

3A Preview:  Godby vs. Cocoa

This is Cocoa's first trip to the state championship game. Godby is going for state championship #4. This game features a tough Cocoa running game vs. the explosive passing attack of Godby. The game is at 1:00 on Friday and will be shown live on the Sunshine Network.

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

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