Cocoa High wins, moves on to state football championship – Florida Today
Cocoa’s Timmy Pratt takes charge against Booker T. Washington.(Photo: Tony Dees/For FLORIDA TODAY)Buy Photo
COCOA This time, it was the guys from Miami finishing the football season in the semifinal round.
Five years after Cocoa High and Booker T. Washington first met in a state semifinal, the Tigers came out on the winning side at Cocoa Stadium on Friday, 24-21. Cocoa (10-1) earned a spot in the Dec. 8 Class 4A championship against Jacksonville Bolles, which also advanced, 31-26 over South Sumter.
Cocoa broke the Tornadoes’ five-year hold of the playoff series.
“It’s been a long time,” Tigers coach John Wilkinson said between offers of congratulations from former players and fans on the field. “It’s been just a huge monkey on my shoulders, a load.”
After consecutive championships in 2008, ’09 and ’10, Cocoa went to Miami for the 2011 state semifinal round and lost in overtime, 20-14 to BTW. The Tornadoes won the next four meetings, all in the same round, until Friday.
“It’s exciting,” said offensive lineman Josh Padrick, who has played in three of the games. “We wanted it. It’s been five years, and I think it was time.”
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Padrick and his fellow linemen opened up the hole exploited by Lasedrick King for a 14-yard