Former UCF QB Ryan Schneider takes over Tigers
ABOVE VIDEO: Area Coast Every day’s Alan Zlotorzynski and Jordan Rocco proceed prep soccer camp stories with a take a look at the Cocoa Tigers. The Tigers are led by model new head coach and former UCF Knight quarterback Ryan Schneider. The Tigers are wanting to win their fifth state championship. Jordan Rocco speaks with Coach Schneider and Allen Pierce whereas Alan speaks with Willie Gaines and RaShean Lynn.
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – The Cocoa Tigers had an incredible 2017 season by making it to the 4A state championship for the second yr in a row.
Underneath Area Coast Sports activities Corridor of Famer John Wilkinson, the Tigers gained eleven video games and dominated within the postseason by not trailing as soon as till the state championship recreation vs. Raines.
After the 2017 soccer season coach Wilkinson determined it was time to transfer on from the Tigers and accepted the top teaching job for the New Smyrna Barracudas, the place he will even get to coach his son.
The brand new sheriff on the town is Ryan Schneider. Apart from being the second all-time main passer for the UCF Knights, Schneider has fairly a little bit of teaching expertise underneath his belt.
Final season, Schneider was the Offensive Coordinator for Melbourne Central Catholic the place the Hustlers offense averaged 34 factors per recreation and totaled three,108 yards of complete offense.
Prior to that, Schneider was the Offensive Coordinator at St. Thomas Aquinas and College Faculty the place he gained three state championships with head coach Roger Harriott.
ABOVE VIDEO: This season all eyes shall be on Senior athlete Willie ‘Playstation’ Gaines. As a junior final season, Gaines rushed for 1,349 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Being a former sign caller himself, Schneider has pledged to revamp the Cocoa Tigers offense and throw the soccer extra in 2018. The Tigers have been putting in a quick tempo, unfold offense through the offseason and are working onerous on the conditioning required to achieve success for 4 quarters with that type of play.
The Tigers have two quarterbacks able to main the offense. Sophomore Diego Arroyo, a switch from Vero Seashore and Senior Ryan Thomas, a switch from Mantanzas Excessive in Palm Coast, Florida. Each are battling for the beginning job.
This season all eyes will probably be on senior athlete Willie ‘Playstation’ Gaines. As a junior final season, Gaines rushed for 1,349 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Most of these yards and touchdowns occurred in the course of the second half of the season when he was pressured into the beginning position after present Louisville Cardinal freshman Javian Hawkins was injured.
Gaines will proceed to play each methods for the Tigers enjoying in Cocoa’s defensive secondary. Gaines had an interception within the state championship recreation final December.
4-star junior standout Caziah Holmes would be the beginning operating again for the Cocoa Tigers. Holmes may even proceed to play within the Tigers secondary the place he has been an incredible asset the previous two seasons.
Holmes can also be a monitor star and final season positioned tenth within the 100 meters on the 2A State Championship. He has the velocity and athleticism it takes to grow to be the Tigers subsequent star operating again.
Senior receiver Rashean Lynn is wanting to make a huge impact this season. Standing 6-feet-5-inches tall and weighing 184 kilos, Lynn has the dimensions and velocity that scare defensive backs and drive coordinators to recreation plan for him.
Final season Lynn made a number of massive performs for the Tigers offense ending the yr with 293 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
Lynn, who has 15 plus provides from D1 faculties, is predicted to be a significant factor in coach Schneiders new offense.
The Tigers have a younger, however huge offensive line that may play an enormous position for the Tigers offense. Returning for the Tigers on the offensive line are juniors Hunter Gfell, Richard Leonard and senior Nicholas Parks.
Leonard performed an enormous position for the Tigers offensive line final season and had a busy offseason as he fielded presents from eight division one faculties.
You’ll be able to anticipate to see a number of new faces enjoying for the Tigers protection this season beginning with new coordinator Marcus Wilder.
Coach Wilder is nicely conscious of the Tigers custom of being quick, robust and aggressive of their strategy and has no plans to change it.
Viera switch Brock Holland comes to Cocoa for his senior season. The 2017 First Staff All-Area Coast Day by day / Friday Night time Locker Room Linebacker had a complete of 102 tackles, together with 61 solo tackles and 7 sacks final season.
Alongside Holland will probably be senior Allen Pierce who’s a quick, hard-hitting linebacker wanting to have a breakout season.
The Tigers are very robust when it comes to the defensive secondary. Juniors Caziah Holmes, Chavis Thompson and seniors Tyrique Sears and Latrell Tempo ought to lock down most if not all opposing receivers in 2018.
Sophomore defensive deal with Dajavon ‘DaDa’ White, who has began on varsity since eighth grade, will lead the Tigers defensive position. Juniors JT Wade and Marquise Freeman will be a part of White in clogging up the center of the sector whereas forcing offensive strains again in passing conditions.
ABOVE VIDEO: Alex Petruzzello has been almost good for the Tigers throughout his five-year profession and he particularly shined for Cocoa within the Class 4A State Championship recreation the place he hit his profession lengthy of 46 yards.
Regardless of how good you’re on offense and protection, having a superb kicker at the highschool degree could make all of the distinction and the Tigers have arguably among the best within the area in senior Alex Petruzzello.
Petruzzello has been almost good for the Tigers throughout his five-year profession and he particularly shined for Cocoa within the Class 4A State Championship recreation the place he hit his profession lengthy of 46 yards.
Petruzzello can also be the punter for the Tigers the place he averaged almost 40-yards per punt final season and he pinned opposing groups contained in the 20-yard line six occasions.
One factor is for positive, the Tigers gained’t be accused of enjoying a simple schedule. Though a state championship is a objective for each single participant and coach on the Tigers, returning to Tenting World Stadium for the third yr in a row might be a problem.
They start their season at residence towards Clearwater after which the next week, face Palm Bay at residence. Their first 4 video games of the season will probably be a stiff check however the meat of the schedule is forward of them.
After their Sept. 14 bye week, the Tigers hit the street for 4 straight video games.
They journey to Viera to face a troublesome Hawks squad they’ve by no means misplaced to however wanted to come from behind and double OT to get the win final season.
Following three extra street video games at Glades Central, Mainland and Bradford the Tigers return house to face 7A State Championship runner-up Bartram Path. The Tigers then journey to play historically robust Pahokee earlier than returning residence to face their rivals, the Rockledge Raiders within the Barbecue Bowl.
Cocoa misplaced to Rockledge in one other double extra time thriller final yr ending their 42-game profitable streak towards Brevard County groups.
New head coach Ryan Schneider is predicted to carry the custom of a dominant Cocoa Highschool soccer staff, however it won’t be straightforward for the primary yr head coach.
The Tigers possess loads of expertise on each side of the ball with athletes in all places able to making game-changing performs. Willie Gaines is predicted to lead the Tigers offense, whereas Brock Holland is wanting to make a reputation for himself on his new workforce on protection.
Though the schedule is hard, it ought to put together the Tigers for a stretch run that has them in place to journey again to Orlando in early December.
There isn’t a purpose the Tigers shouldn’t return to Tenting World Stadium for a 3rd straight yr and compete for a Class 4a crown however don’t be stunned in the event that they’ll want to get previous an previous nemesis to do it in Booker T.
Quarterback Daniel Richardson is a senior and after lacking the playoffs altogether final yr the Tornadoes must be feisty and again within the 4A combine in 2018.
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