Raines puts brakes on Cocoa | 4A football final

Make it back-to-back state football championships for Jacksonville Raines, which used a dramatic catch-and-run for a touchdown and a pick-six interception to pull away from Cocoa and win 27-13 in Thursday night’s Class 4A final at Camping World Stadium.

Brandon Marshall sparked the Vikings by catching a pass at midfield from backup quarterback Barron Coates on the right sideline before winding back to the center of the field and then back to the right corner of the end zone for a 74-yard score.

The Tigers sophomore quarterback, Diego Arroyo, completed 17 of 39 pass attempts for 264 yards and a score, but he threw three interceptions.

“We had some bad play calls down the stretch,” said Cocoa coach Ryan Schneider, a former UCF standout quarterback.

After Cocoa’s Caziah Holmes fumbled the ball away deep in the Raines’ red zone, the Vikings drove 10 plays in 66 yards to take a 14-0 lead with 7:51 left in the second quarter.

The Tigers finally got untracked as Arroyo engineered a seven-play, 63-yard drive that culminated with a 4-yard shovel pass to Holmes for a TD with 6:11 left in the first half.

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