Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cocoa Busts Bolles' Streak; in Clash of Champs, Bulldogs Lose on Interception in OT

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cocoa Busts Bolles' Streak; in Clash of Champs, Bulldogs Lose on Interception in OT

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Byline: HAYS CARLYON

Bolles entered Friday's anticipated clash with visiting Cocoa with a 42-game regular-season winning streak.

The Bulldogs will enter the playoffs on a one-game slide.

Cocoa rallied from a 30-14 third-quarter deficit to clip Bolles 44-37 in overtime in a matchup of two defending state champions.

"We wanted to prove to people we can play with anyone, and we did," Cocoa coach John Wilkinson said. "It was such an honor to play here. We're in awe of the program here and the tradition Bolles has."

The Tigers, ranked second in Class 2A, stunned Bolles, the top-ranked team in 2B, with three clutch plays at the end.

The Tigers (10-0) sent the game to overtime on a 71-yard touchdown pass from Matt Younger to E.J. Johnson with five seconds remaining. In overtime, Cocoa scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Younger on fourth down. Bolles (8-1) had a chance to answer, but Chandler Carr's pass was intercepted by Grady Redding on the first play to end the game.

"It was one of the greatest high school games I've witnessed," Bolles coach Corky Rogers said. "We were prepared, and I was really proud of the effort. Somebody had to lose. They've got some pretty talented players over there, and they took advantage of that at times against us."

Bolles' offense did its part. Cocoa had allowed just three points in its past five games and only 34 for the entire season. Bolles managed to gain 489 yards and 23 first downs. Every Bolles starting skill player had a big night.

Jordan Garside ran 16 times for 155 yards and two touchdowns. Jawan Jamison rushed for 120 yards, and Jacob Stenson ran for 93 yards and added 40 receiving yards.

Wide receiver Jay Herndon caught six passes for 115 yards and touchdown. The senior also returned a punt 80 yards for a score late in the second quarter. …

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