Cocoa comes up short in quest for back-to-back state titles

By Spectrum Sports Staff,
Last Updated: Friday, December 08, 2017, 12:25 PM EST

Cocoa's bid to repeat as Class 4A champions fell short at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Thursday night.

The Tigers entered the title game as the top seed in 4A but lost 13-10 to Raines (Jacksonville). Vikings quarterback Ivory Durham's eight-yard touchdown pass to Kamaree Noble with 5:44 left in the game turned out to be the game-winning score.

Cocoa had taken the lead earlier in the fourth quarter on a two-yard touchdown run by Willie Gaines. It was the Tigers' first lead of the game, but they couldn't protect it.

The win gave the Vikings their first state title since 1997. Cocoa finishes the season with an 11-2 record.