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September 21, 2013
DELRAY BEACH - Things got out of hand rather quickly for No. 20 American Heritage-Delray.
In its 31-10 home loss to Cocoa, it only took a quarter of play to see that the Stallions were simply overmatched against the Tigers.
Cocoa (2-1) scored 17 of its 31 points in the first quarter, as Bruce Judson (2 TD passes, 1 TD run) found ]Jamel Dean for a 64-yard pass to the end zone that gave the Tigers a 10-0 lead.
Judson powered his way past the Stallions defense for a 24-yard touchdown run that extended Cocoa's lead to 17-0. By the time the first quarter ended, the Tigers knew they were in control of the game - especially after recovering two fumbles that led to points.
Aside from a 20-yard field goal made by American Heritage-Delray kicker Nick Rubinowitz in the second quarter, it was all Cocoa as the road team controlled the clock and ate up valuable time in its efforts to keep American Heritage-Delray's offense off the field.
An 18-yard touchdown run from Lorenzo Pratt and Judson's 33-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Troutman turned the game into a rout, as Cocoa went into the fourth quarter up 31-3.
American Heritage-Delray (2-2) scored its only touchdown of the game in the fourth, as Warren Robinson threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Trenard Davis for the game's final score.
"When you play a good team like Cocoa, you can't make the mistakes like we did tonight," American Heritage-Delray head coach Stacy Sizemore said of his team, which committed four turnovers in the loss.
"With the schedule that we have early on, we're finding out a lot about ourselves. We're a young team that graduated 22 seniors last season and we're going through some growing pains right now."
Cocoa head coach John Wilkinson said he was happy to leave Delray Beach with a win.
"We have a long way to go," Wilkinson said. "We're not anywhere near where we need to be, so games like this are meant to expose your weaknesses before getting into district play."
It's hard to see how Cocoa could have played much better, but it's understandable, given the fact that anything can happen on the field at any time.
Cocoa's next game is on Sept. 27 at Hernando, while American Heritage-Delray's next one is at home on the same night against East Lee County.