Tornadoes rally from 14-0 deficit before ultimately losing 31-21

Jametrius “Jip” Pringle (far right) returns the opening kickoff for the second half 95 yards for a touchdown in the Tornadoes’ 31-21 state-semifinal loss to Cocoa. Photo by Cliff Smelley.

Telegraph Staff Writer

For the second week in a row, Bradford High School overcame a deficit with a strong second half, but visiting Cocoa ultimately won 31-21 in the Class 2S state semifinals on Dec. 2.

The Tornadoes (12-2) trailed 14-0. Just like in the Nov. 25 win over Baker County, Jametrius “Jip” Pringle returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown, covering 95 yards to make it a one-score game.

Bradford, which outscored Cocoa 21-17 in the second half, tied the game twice, getting a touchdown from Torin Brazell off a punt block and a 2-yard touchdown run by Jeremiah McKenzie.

The Tornadoes trailed 24-21 with less than six minutes to play, but a fumble gave the Tigers the ball at the Bradford 45. Cocoa scored a touchdown with 1:55 to play.

Cocoa (10-3) now plays Florida High (14-0) for the state championship on Friday, Dec. 9.

A more in-depth story will be posted at a later date.