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November 9, 2012

Rockledge vs. Cocoa in the BBQ Bowl

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The Skinny: It's the annual 'Bar B-Que' Bowl - a match-up between two teams that used to share McLarty Stadium. The two schools used to be one - before Rockledge was created to relieve overcrowding at Cocoa - and now that the Tigers have their own stadium, it's an annual battle back and forth. This year's game is promoting the 'Wounded Warrior Project' - as $2 from each ticket sold will be donated to that worthy cause.

Prediction: COCOA

ROCKLEDGE: QB Alex Adler, RB Justin Weaver, ATH Richard Carter, LB Aundrey Strong, DB Teodoro Rodriguez

COCOA: RB Tarean Folston, DE Deondre Bennett, RB Antwan Lee, RB Lorenzo Pratt


Both teams are streaking - with Cocoa having won seven straight and Rockledge taking the last four games. Both teams are heading for the post-season and both teams want a win.

For Rockledge, a win would state the Raiders are on par with their biggest rival, which has dominated the series the last several years (Cocoa leads the series 17-16 after winning the last six).

Rockledge, like Cocoa - made a serious run in the post-season and dominated its class at the beginning of the millennium. The 'Rock' wants to reclaim that pride and swagger.

Cocoa has shown vulnerability - but has won the last seven games since starting the season 0-2. Those two losses came against two teams bound for the post-season and unbeaten. St. Joseph's Prep (Pa) - 9-0 - and University School (Fla.) at 8-0. Since then - Cocoa has dominated almost every game (except Jones and Bergen Catholic).

Rockledge will have to stop Folston and Lee and get Adler into a rhythm if they want to pull the upset.

PREDICTION: Cocoa 28 Rockledge 14

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