Faculty, County Data Fall like dominoes
ABOVE VIDEO: In case you’re questioning what the recreation of the yr was between two Brevard County groups this season, look no additional than the Cocoa Tigers and Viera Hawks. The Hawks took down the Tigers for the first time in class historical past, 49-42 nevertheless it was merely a matter of which staff had the ball final.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – There was just a little one thing for each prep soccer fan this season on Brevard County soccer fields. Groups and gamers turned in performances which might be often reserved for the fashionable EA Sports activities online game, John Madden Football.
On offense, county and faculty data fell like dominoes, however scoring touchdowns wasn’t the solely spotlight of the season, stopping these excessive powered offenses turned out some superb defensive performances as properly.
The Astronaut Warfare Eagles made watching protection enjoyable once more and a number of other top-notch athletes not solely scored offensive touchdowns however they tackled, picked off and prompted havoc from the defensive aspect of the soccer.
The excellent news is that should you like what you noticed this previous season, many of those gamers will return to Brevard County soccer fields subsequent yr, and in some instances for the subsequent two and three seasons.
The expression, “the more things change the more they stay the same,” turned out to be Brevard’s gridiron mantra this previous season. Simply as we did final yr presently, we begin by congratulating the Cocoa Tigers on their third straight journey to Tenting World Stadium and sixth general look in the FHSAA state championship recreation.
Additionally, like final yr, the Tigers have been defeated by an excellent Jacksonville Raines workforce, however don’t be stunned if Cocoa is true again in Orlando for a fourth straight season subsequent December.
The Area Coast Day by day–Friday Night time Locker Room Gamers and Coaches of the Yr shall be launched in the coming weeks however till then, listed here are some stats and moments from the 2018 season that leaves us clamoring for the 2019 Kickoff Classics.
Group Performances By the Numbers:
Area Coast Groups on Cloud 9:
Brevard County had 9 groups attain the playoffs this season. Astronaut, Eau Gallie, Merritt Island (10 straight appearances), Viera, Holy Trinity, Cocoa, Rockledge, Melbourne Central Catholic, and Heritage all made it to the second season.
Except for the Tigers reaching the FHSAA Class 4A title recreation, the spotlight of the playoffs needed to be Holy Trinity profitable win their first-ever postseason recreation however far more on that in a bit.
In all, the county went Eight-9 in the playoffs with six groups profitable a minimum of one recreation.
Excessive ‘Five’ to the Warfare Eagles:
No group produced a extra spectacular streak this season than did the Astronaut Warfare Struggle Eagles. Led by second-year head coach Justin Worden, Astronaut’s protection didn’t permit some extent for 5 straight video games.
The streak started with a 14-Zero win over Everglades Prep Academy on Sept. 14 and didn’t finish till the fourth quarter of their Oct. 18 matchup towards Fort Pierce Westwood.
Wanting inside the shutout streak a bit extra tells us that Astronaut didn’t permit some extent for 23 straight quarters and breaking it down even additional, 284 minutes and 50 seconds of clock time.
The Struggle Eagles allowed 132 factors all yr (11 per recreation) and 35 of them got here of their playoff loss to Cocoa.
The First is All the time the Sweetest:
ABOVE VIDEO: Not solely did coach Hooks get the most out of his workforce however the Tigers made the playoffs and confronted Cardinal Newman as an enormous underdog on the street in the first spherical of the FHSAA playoffs.
Arguably, no coach in Brevard County did extra together with his workforce this season than Nate Hooks of the Holy Trinity Tigers.
The Tigers performed with a roster of fewer than 30 gamers and had simply seven seniors mesh with a roster full of “veteran” sophomores and juniors.
Not solely did coach Hooks get the most out of his group however the Tigers made the playoffs and Holy Trinity wins the award for enjoying in the greatest general recreation of the yr for a Brevard workforce.
In spherical considered one of the playoffs, as a big underdog, Holy Trinity traveled to face Cardinal Newman in West Palm Seashore.
After main most of the contest, the Tigers have been behind by two factors with 30 seconds to play they usually had the ball on their very own 11-yard line with no timeouts.
What appeared to be an unimaginable activity was made to look routine by Senior QB Dru Nickson, who didn’t panic. Nickson received his staff right down to the 30-yard line with time for yet one more play and he made the most of it.
Scrambling out of the pocket, Nickson discovered sophomore WR James BlackStrain for the landing as Holy Trinity defeated Cardinal Newman on the street 34-30 to win their first ever soccer postseason recreation in program historical past.
ABOVE VIDEO: Should you’re questioning what the recreation of the yr was between two Brevard County groups this season, look no additional than the Cocoa Tigers and Viera Hawks. The Hawks took down the Tigers for the first time in class historical past, 49-42 nevertheless it was merely a matter of which workforce had the ball final.
When you’re questioning what the recreation of the yr was between two Brevard County groups this season, look no additional than the Cocoa Tigers and Viera Hawks. The Hawks took down the Tigers for the first time in class historical past, 49-42 and to say two sophomore quarterbacks had breakout performances can be sadly understating what occurred on Sept. 21 at Hawks Stadium.
Viera and Cocoa mixed for 1,171 complete yards of offense with the Hawks posting 648 of them. Cocoa sophomore sign caller DJ Arroyo had 444 passing yards and 4 touchdowns in the contest however Viera’s sophomore was a number of yards and touchdowns higher on this night time.
Bryce Norton accounted for 500 complete yards and all seven Hawks touchdowns. He had 4 passing touchdowns, two dashing touchdowns and caught the game-winner on a play just like the one the Philadelphia Eagles utilized in the Tremendous Bowl to beat the Patriots.
Norton’s 15-yard TD reception turned out to be the game-winner for Viera.
As spectacular as 10 straight playoff appearances are by the Merritt Island Mustangs, the Cocoa Tigers reached the postseason for the 16th consecutive season and has now reached state semifinal or finals in 12 straight years.
When the Tigers started their streak, head coach Ryann Schneider was the beginning QB for the UCF Knights and no participant on the Cocoa Tigers group this previous yr had reached kindergarten, in reality, a number of of them weren’t even born.
Report-Breaking First Season:
Underneath first-year offensive coordinator and former Florida Gators nice Mike Degory, the Viera Hawks offense flourished this previous season. The Hawks broke faculty data for complete yards in a season (6,328), common yards per recreation (527), and dashing yards in a single season (2,952).
The 2018 model of the Viera Hawks completed with 597 extra yards than did the 2015 state runner-up offense led by present UCF gamers Tre Nixon and Hayden Kingston.
Extensive receiver Shamar Mohr set the county report for receiving yards in a season with 1,489. He added 12 touchdowns. Nevertheless, When you ask any Hawks participant, they might give all these yards again for a shot to play at Tenting World Stadium.
New Math, Eight =.500:
There have been two huge storylines heading into the 2018 season. One was how would space powerhouses fare with younger quarterbacks. The opposite was how would eight new head coaches, together with at perennial playoff faculties like Cocoa, Merritt Island, and Viera end this season.
Nicely, the general verdict is in and the grades, for the most half, are passing ones. The eight new head coaches mixed for an general mark of 44-44 (.500).
Cocoa’s Ryan Schneider gained the most video games as his Tigers went 10-Four whereas Titusville Terrier head coach Andrew Capuano’s workforce struggled this season ending 1-10.
Half of the new head coachees made the playoffs. Whereas Cocoa, Merritt Island, and Viera have been all returning groups from final yr, the Eau Gallie Commodores beneath new head coach Chris Sands reached the postseason for the first time since 2013, ending with a 7-Four report.
Bears are Again
Bayside Bears head coach Corey Broomfield deserves a shoutout, as his workforce gained 4 video games this season which was three greater than the Bears gained in every of the final three seasons mixed. After posting a mixed 15-Eight mark in 2013 and 2014, the Bears went a mixed 1-30 in 2015, 16 and 17.
Quietly situated in the south finish of the county, the Heritage Panthers have turn into certainly one of Brevard’s winningest packages. Constructing a practice of robust protection, quick offense, they’re led by coach Mark Ainsley.
For the second straight season, the Panthers completed unbeaten in Class 6A District 14. Actually, the final time Heritage fell to a district foe was on Oct.14, 2016, once they misplaced to Sebastian River who went onto end 11-2 that yr.
Since the begin of the 2013 season, the Panthers are 29-Three in district play. led by one other standout sophomore in the space, Tay Farmer collected 1,017 dashing yards and completed 12th in all of 6A with 16 dashing scores. On protection, his brother, junior Rashard Farmer, led all of Class 6A with 10 interceptions to spice up his profession complete to 21.
Each can be again subsequent season for what must be one other nice yr of soccer at Heritage.
Deja Vu All Over Once more
Arguably, the two largest teaching modifications that shocked the Area Coast befell at Cocoa and Viera. The irony is that the Tigers and Hawks each completed in the similar place they did final season underneath John Wilkinson and Kevin Mays respectively, towards precisely the similar groups.
The Tigers fell in the state championship recreation to Raines and Viera misplaced at residence in the second spherical of the playoffs to the Plant Panthers. Cocoa gained 11 video games in comparison with 10 this yr and the Hawks completed with an equivalent eight-win season.
Particular person Performances:
It’s inconceivable to level out all of the nice particular person performances from this season so what I’ll do is reserve most of those performances and accolades for the upcoming Area Coast Day by day–Friday Night time Locker Room All-Star choices.
These groups might be launched in the subsequent challenge of Area Coast Day by day Journal following the holidays. We’ll acknowledge first, second and third workforce All-Stars, in addition to gamers of the yr on offense and protection. We may also identify an general participant and coach of the yr.
Nevertheless, with that stated a couple of gamers need to be talked about right here and now.
Simply juniors, Astronaut’s Jaiden Dollard and Rockledge’s Ladarius Tennison have been arguably the greatest two-way gamers in Brevard County this season.
Each have been phenomenal as operating backs for his or her groups. Every of them averaged a primary down almost everytime they touched the soccer. Dollard completed as the areas main rusher with 1,238 yards on simply 138 carries (9.Three yards per carry) whereas Tennison reached 1,055 yards on 130 carries (9.1 YPC)
The 2 mixed to attain 33 offensive touchdowns for the Conflict Eagles and Raiders. Dollard had 15 dashing scores and one receiving TD whereas Tennison discovered pay dust 12 occasions on the floor and 5 extra occasions on the receiving finish of passes.
Tennison (1,708) completed with eight extra complete yards of offense this season than did Dollard (1,700).
On protection and particular groups, each gamers have been equally spectacular.
From the Conflict Eagles secondary, Dollard recorded 62 tackles and led Class 4A with seven interceptions. He scored on a fumble restoration, interception and a kickoff return for a TD. He was chargeable for 10 factors per recreation for his Struggle Eagles who completed with a 10-2 mark on the season.
To not be outdone on protection, Tennison recorded 124 complete (93 solo), 10 sacks and he led all of Class 5A with 38 tackles for a loss. In reality, Tennison ranked at the prime in Class 5A in each main defensive class involving a deal with.
He additionally induced 4 fumbles and had one interception, which he returned for a landing, and for good measure, Tennison additionally blocked 4 kicks this season.
Tennison, who has a suggestion from nearly each Energy 5 faculty ranked in the Prime 20, additionally returned a punt for a landing. The perfect half about Dollard and Tennison is we get to observe them once more subsequent season on Brevard County soccer fields.
ABOVE VIDEO: Viera’s Bryce Norton and Cocoa’s Diego Arroyo merely dominated secondaries throughout the state.
Brevard County has seen its share of nice quarterback play by way of the years however has the county ever seen a yr like we simply had from two sophomores at the place?
Viera’s Bryce Norton and Cocoa’s Diego Arroyo merely dominated secondaries throughout the state.
Not since Tim Tebow was beneath middle for Nease Excessive Faculty in 2005 has a quarterback handed for greater than Three,000 yards and rushed for greater than 1,000 till Viera’s sophomore quarterback Bryce Norton did it this season.
Norton accounted for 74 % of the Viera offense this season. He led the complete state with Four,706 of the Hawks 6,328 yards, which was 668 extra yards than the participant ranked second in complete yards.
A product of the native Viera youth soccer program, Norton factored in 41 of the Hawks 58 touchdowns (32 passing, Eight dashing, 1 receiving) this season.
Cocoa’s sophomore QB, DJ Arroyo, had fairly a season himself as he broke each main passing report at a faculty the place data don’t fall simply.
The Cocoa gunslinger had Three,492 passing yards and 30 touchdowns, each Cocoa faculty data. He completed third in the state in passing yards and first general in Class 4A.
DEFENSE-DEFENSE-DEFENSE: Listed here are a number of different notable defensive performances from the 2018 season.
Sully Altman: The Holy Trinity senior racked up 159 complete tackles, had 4 interceptions, three of them he returned for touchdowns and 17.5 tackles for a loss.
Javon Garvin: Completed second in Class 4A with 86 solo tackles and third with 138 complete tackles, additionally had 13 tackles for a loss. Garvin was an enormous a part of the Struggle Eagles protection that allowed simply 11 factors per recreation this season.
Brock Holland: It appeared as if all you heard over the loudspeaker vs. Raines in the Class 4A title recreation was, “Tackle made by No.5 Brock Holland.” The Cocoa Tigers senior center linebacker completed the yr second in Class 4A with 144 complete tackles. He induced two fumbles, recovered 4 and scored on two of them.
TWO TIGERS TO CLOSE:
Whenever you consider the No. Four at Cocoa Highschool some nice gamers come to thoughts. Operating again Chevelle Buie and Quarterback Bruce Judson to call two current Tiger stars.
The subsequent nice Tiger to put on the quantity this yr was Willie Gaines. This yr’s No.Four for Cocoa was imagined to enter the season with an amazing shot to be considered one of the greatest operating backs in the state.
Nevertheless, the sudden exit of coach John Wilkinson, whose groups ran the soccer almost 70 % of the time and the addition of latest head coach Ryan Schneider, who modified the recreation plan to throw the ball on six out of each 10 performs had individuals questioning what would occur with the offense and Gaines.
Sprinkle in four-star junior operating again sensation Caziah Holmes, and Gaines best-laid plans to be the prime rusher in the space went awry.
Gaines is a group participant and he shrugged it off and moved to the slot vast receiver place the place all he did was end fourth in the state with 1,278 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.
The Toledo commit additionally rushed for 422 yards and 6 extra touchdowns and he additionally tossed two touchdowns passes this season as nicely.
As a sophomore throughout the 2016 season, Gaines performed quarterback at Heritage Excessive Faculty in Palm Bay the place he handed for 1,337 yards and 6 touchdowns as the Panthers completed with a 6-Four document that season.
After transferring to Cocoa for his junior season Gaines was positioned in the Tigers backfield, behind senior and present Louisville Cardinal Javian Hawkins. Following a late-season damage to Hawkins, Gaines took over.
Ten of his 15 touchdowns got here after Oct.27, as did almost 1,000 of his 1,349 dashing yards.
Not all of the accolades belong to offensive and defensive gamers. With the Cocoa Tigers loss in the state title recreation, Brevard County stated goodbye to at least one the greatest placekickers in the county.
Cocoa’s Alex Petruzzello was a five-year letterman for the Tigers. With 334 factors, Petruzzello is the all-time main scorer at Cocoa. He made 98 % of his additional factors, hitting 241 out of 247.
Petruzzello was 31 out of 39 throughout his profession together with his longest made subject aim of 46-yards coming in a state championship recreation. Earlier this yr, he set the all-time single-game mark for a kicker in Cocoa historical past as he kicked three area objectives and nailed all 5 of his additional factors in an enormous street win over Mainland.
In the Tigers 2016 Class 4A State championship win over Bolles, Petruzzello had seven factors, nailing 4 additional factors and changing a 30-yard area objective for the Tigers. He additionally dealt with punting duties the place he averaged almost 38 yards per punt, pinning opponents down inside the 20-yard line on 13 events throughout his profession.
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