In areas such as Miami, Tampa and Orlando, it is not uncommon for several teams to compete in the high school state football championship at this time of year.
However, this is less common if the two schools are represented from a smaller area.
The distance between Merritt Island High School and Cocoa High School is less than 8 miles.
Both high schools, located on the Florida Space Coast in Brevard County, offer spectacular views of rocket launches.
On December 2, an adjacent school hosts a state semi-final game and wins, pushing Coco to the Class 4A state title game, and competing for the Merritt Island 5A crown.
These are just two of the 10 teams in FHSAA Classes 4A, 5A, 6A, 7A, 8A playing from Thursday, December 16 to Saturday, December 18 at DRV PNK in Fort Lauderdale. Stadium.
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Games 1A to 3A were played in Tallahassee on 9–11 December.
In 4A, Coco will face Cardinal Gibbons on Thursday, December 16 at 7 pm.
Coco (11-1) has won four state titles over the past 15 years, and Cardinal Gibbons (10-2) has been the defending 4A champion and won two titles in the past three seasons.
In 5A, Merritt Island will face Miami Central on Friday, December 17 at 1:00 PM.
Merritt Island (13-1), who won three state titles in the 1970s, is an impressive defense this year and has completed five shutouts.
Central (11-1), who won the title last year, have won an incredible seven titles in the last 11 seasons.
In 6A, the Tampaz Suite will play at Pine Forest in Pensacola at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 18.
The Jesuits (14-0) have not won a state title in football since 1968. He has scored 7 marks with an average of 37 marks.
Meanwhile, Pine Forest (12-1) has titles in three states, and the 1988 5A title team also won the USA Today High School Football National Championship. His last title came in 2000.
In 7A, Tampa Bay Tech will face St. Thomas Aquinas on Friday, December 17th at 7PM.
Aquinas (13-1) is one of the most famous and well-known programs in the country. In the last season, he won the 12th state title.
His rivals: Tampa Bay Tech (14-0), who have never played in a state title.
At 8A, Venice will face Apocca on Saturday, December 18th at 1:00 PM.
Venice (13–1) dominated the entire season and were only defeated by Cardinal Gibbons, the team in the 4A State Finals.
He held a state championship—highest 43.8 points per game.
On the other side is Apokka, one of the best defenses in the state.
Apokka (12-2) was shut out 6 times in 14 matches and conceded less than 7.
So who will win? And who knows the player?
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John is a busy person. He played three state titles in Tallahassee last week and is now gearing up for five more games in three days in South Florida.
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