In a battle of nationally-ranked teams, Cardinal Gibbons edged Cocoa 21-19 Thursday night for the Florida Class 4A state championship. The title is the second straight for CG and the school’s third in four years. For Cocoa, it was the Tigers third straight loss in a state championship game.
Cardinal Gibbons never trailed in this one after taking a 7-0 lead on its opening drive.
Cocoa tied the game up on its first drive, but that was all of the scoring until the fourth quarter.
One of the biggest plays of the night came when Cocoa closed within one point at 14-13 and decided to go for two and the lead.
Kamari Moulton’s second touchdown run turned-over to be the game-winner. Moulton finished with 28 carries for 173 yards.
Cocoa closed the gap to 21-19 on a Davin Wynder touchdown pass. Once again, the Tigers attempted a two-point conversion and once again the Chiefs’ defense was equal to the task.