Posted: 12:12 am Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Playoff Primer 2012: Clewiston wants different results this fall 

By Jeff Greer

On Friday, there are 16 playoff games involving teams from our area. In the buildup to the games, we’ll break down every matchup.

Nobody wants district realignment more than Clewiston. Sure, the Tigers have made the playoffs two years in a row. But at what reward? Back-to-back first-round matchups with one of the best programs in the country, Cocoa, is far from a rewarding experience after putting together a postseason-worthy regular season. But that’s reality, and for the second year in a row, reality’s pretty harsh for Clewiston football.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. General admission is $8; reserved seating is $9.

CLEWISTON
Record: 4-6.
How they qualified: Runner-up, District 6-6A.
Average points per game: 27.5.
Average points allowed per game: 21.9.
Offensive yards: 2,755 (1,863 rush/892 pass).
Defensive yards: 2,078 (1,219 rush/859 pass).
Best win: 42-18 over Booker.

COCOA
Record: 8-2.
How they qualified: Winner, District 5-6A.
Average points per game: 27.
Average points allowed per game: 10.9.
Best win: 24-14 over Bergen Catholic (N.J.)

PBGametime favorite: Cocoa.
Pinkos’ prediction: Cocoa by 28.
Lazindex favorite: Cocoa.

Clewiston’s vulnerability on defense is the run. Cocoa’s really good at … the run. And if the indications of a few results are anything, this game just doesn’t look like much fun. Cocoa smashed University, one of the best teams in South Florida, and beat Palm Beach County’s best team, American Heritage, in the kickoff classic on ESPN. Cocoa has a history, a rich one, and yet another team poised to make a deep playoff run. And while Clewiston can move the ball a bit, it’ll need a few breaks and a lot of good luck to beat a team with such a significant home-field and talent advantage.