LAKE WORTH – A tumultuous week of uncertainty concerning Hurricane Matthew resulted in the cancellation of nearly all games for Week 7.
But the showdown between Park Vista and Boca Raton won’t be, as the District 10-8A showdown has been moved to Monday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. The pivotal game will be located at Boca Raton High School.
No. 8 Park Vista (6-0; 3-0 in 10-8A) comes into this game off an impressive win last week (35-0) over a listless John I. Leonard team. Meanwhile, No. 4 Boca Raton (4-1; 1-0 in 10-8A) is coming off the only loss of its 2016 campaign, a tough non-district defeat (17-14) to Pahokee.
The Cobras, led by explosive junior running back Corey Cola (2018), feature a no-huddle uptempo offense that is averaging over 28 points a game in their six victories. They know that in order for them to win the district showdown against Boca Raton, they must get a great effort from him.
The 5’8″, 191-pound running back has been very instrumental so far, scoring 9 touchdowns in the Cobra’s six games and rushing for almost 500 yards.
“We know that our season comes down to Monday night,” Cola said. “We must go down to Boca and beat them in their place if we want to win the district title.”
Cola feels that the extra days to focus on the game have helped the Cobras get prepared mentally.
“We have been meeting almost everyday, watching and breaking down film,” Cola said. “We want to be as mentally and physically prepared as possible. We are totally focused on the task at hand, so we will be ready to go on Monday night.”
Cola knows that all the hard work he and his teammates have put in means absolutely nothing if they don’t win on Monday night.
“We have worked so hard as a team to get to where we are, but we are not done yet,” Cola said. “Boca is our last hurdle with the weak district schedule we have left. We feel in our hearts that if we beat them, we will win the district title.”
Cola, who also carries a lofty 3.8 GPA in the classroom, has started to get noticed by scouts and recruiters from all across the nation. Florida, Florida State, Virginia Tech, and Purdue are just a few of the colleges that have shown recent interest in the junior running back, who runs the 40 in 4.56 seconds.
“The reason why I haven’t received an offer yet is because I didn’t go to enough camps,” Cola said. “But I believe things will look up for me soon.”
Cola’s role in Park Vista’s 23-20 win over defending 10-8A champion Atlantic (3-2; 1-1 in 10-8A) in Week 5 was a catalyst to where his team stands now on the confidence front.
“The Atlantic game was a real test for us as a team,” Cola said. “That win made us stronger and more together as a unit. So the Boca game is just another step in our process of winning a state championship.”
We will see which team prevails on Monday night in Boca Raton. Stay tuned for further updates on Cola’s recruiting process and on-field progress.