PREVIEW: Cocoa Tigers Set to Battle Raines Vikings in Rematch of Last Year's ...

Whispers about Schneider’s coaching abilities turned to roars of discontent after the Tigers lost to Rockledge for the second straight year, this time by 32 points in Brevard County’s most important rivalry game, the Barbecue Bowl.

Lost in the shuffle was the fact the Tigers were playing arguably their hardest schedule in years, and Cocoa’s sophomore QB, who broke several of the schools passing records.

Looks can be deceiving and after Willie Gaines tackled Georgia running back commit Kenny Macintosh in the end zone for a safety to start the fourth quarter and cut the lead to 31-26, the tide changed, and the Sharks offense sputtered while Cocoa’s had one more big drive in them.

With 3:20 to play and facing third down and goal to go from nearly the 20-yard line, sophomore QB DJ Arroyo found WR Jamari Williams who outjumped defenders to haul in the game-winning pass.

They are led on offense by senior running back Brandon Marshall who eclipsed 4,000 career rushing yards in the state semifinals win over Dunnellon.

From future Georgia Bullldog running back Kenny Macintosh last week, to a young and dynamic Viera QB Bryce Norton, Cocoa has faced it.

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