A second loss meant a second drop for the Cocoa High football team this week in the poll of Florida sports writers compiled by the Associated Press.
The Tigers, who were at the top of the Class 4A poll before their first loss on Sept. 11, then dropped to third. After Saturday’s 24-14 loss to Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward, then No. 24 in the USA Today Super 25, Cocoa fell to No. 5. IMG Academy, the first team to defeat the Brevard power, is now ninth in the USA Today rankings.
Cocoa, 4-2, received 88 points. Jacksonville Bolles remained No. 1, with 160 and all 16 first-place votes. Its district rival, Raines, was second, followed by South Sumter and Dunnellon. Each of the top four was unbeaten.
In Class 6A, Heritage moved as close as possible without re-entering the top 10, following a 41-14 win over Okeechobee. The Panthers got 13 points, one behind No. 10 Matanzas.
The only Heritage loss was against Bolles. Daytona Beach Mainland held the top spot in 6A, with 160 points and all 16 first-place votes.
Palm Bay again appeared among other Class 5A teams reveiving votes. However, the Pirates’ eight points didn’t make the top 10, which was led by Plantation American Heritage, with 144 points and 12 of 15 first-place votes. Second-ranked Hallandale and No. 3 Bishop Moore also got votes for the top spot.
The remaining No. 1 teams were Christopher Columbus Catholic of Miami in Class 8A, St. Thomas Aquinas in 7A, Jacksonville Trinity Christian (3A), Jacksonville University Christian (2A) and Fort Meade (1A).
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