The Booker T. Washington Tornadoes will head up north to take on the Cocoa Tigers in a Class 4A state semifinal on Friday night. Both schools have faced each other in the FHSAA state semifinal round for the past five straight years with the Tornadoes victorious every time since 2011.
Booker T. Washington(9-3) is looking for a fifth consecutive Class 4A state title and are two wins away from that happening. They hosted two playoff games as they stopped Glades Central 47-30 in a regional semifinal and topped Edison 44-14 last week in a regional final.
The Tornadoes can set their offensive plays evenly and will not give any hint if they are going to run or pass. Their backfield consists of quarterback Daniel Richardson along with running backs Craig Nelson and Marcus Barthell. All three can run with the ball and connect via a screen pass. Richardson has several passing options around the field in wide receivers Sharod Johnson, Deandre Williams, Zahir Turner, Quatvon Beckford and Brian Livingston.
Cocoa(10-1) enters this contest on an eight-game winning streak. They blanked Bishop Verot 64-0 in the regional semifinal and got by Jones 36-30 in the regional final last week.
The Tigers main emphasis on offense is to run the ball. Quarterback Bruce Judson is expected to execute the option and pitch it out to running backs Lasedrick King, Timmy Pratt and Javian Hawkins. Look for wide receivers Juwan Armstrong and Javon Spencer to make receptions from Judson.