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Eau Gallie football out to 4-0 start behind complete performances; Cocoa challenge up next

By Chasite Banks, Florida Today,

2023-09-18

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Eau Gallie football is 4-0 and they have high hopes of making a playoff run like they did in 2020.

They'll find out Friday just how good they are.

The Commodores head into a challenging territory as they face Cocoa on the road. The Tigers are defending Class 2S state champions and they already own quality wins over two state giants in Venice and Jones.

"We know we are playing one of the best teams in the state and that's why we schedule them," Eau Gallie head coach Chris Sands said. "We wanted to play them, we wanted to get them on our schedule and, again, we want to play good football."

They played good football this past Friday against Satellite.

In their first district game of the season, Eau Gallie scored points and got stops early to down the Scorpions 35-7.

The Commodores dominated the first half against Satellite. The team put up 27 points before the break while not allowing the Scorpions to score. In the second half both teams had to fight through rainy weather, each scoring in the fourth quarter.

"We came out strong and played really well the first half," Sands said after the win. "Pouring down rain in the second half, so we had to try to protect the football a little bit and obviously got a little sloppy but at the end of the day it's a win against a good football team, it's our first district win, and we are still undefeated."

Eau Gallie in one of just three Brevard County teams still undefeated. They have the potential to make a run like they did a few years ago.

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Sand is in his sixth season as head coach and has seen his program go as far as the regional final in 2020, where they fell to American Heritage, 38-18.

"We've had some really good teams since I've been here," he said. "When we went to the regional finals, we had a lot of talent but this team top to bottom is probably a little more talented," Sands said. "But then again, the one thing about Eau Gallie kids and Eau Gallie football is we are always going to play hard when those lights come on Friday and that's what gives us a chance to win every single week."

The 31-0 preseason win over Titusville offered a glimpse into just what Eau Gallie could do throughout season.

So far in the regular season, the Commodores have outscored opponents 96-23. Their last two wins have been by multiple scores and defensively they only allowed one touchdown over those two games.

Titusville, by the way, is undefeated so far in the regular season, too.

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When Eau Gallie meets the Tigers in Cocoa on Friday, it will be the first time they've met since 2020, when Cocoa won 27-17.

Prior to that, the two hadn't met since 2006. Cocoa won that game 47-0.

Sands recognizes the game against Cocoa will be a nice test for his team and wants them to go into the game with the same competitive energy that they have had all season.

"Coach Schneider does a great job with their guys and we are excited for the competition going into their territory and playing a big time Brevard County football game," he said.

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