Less than a week after it was roughed up by rival Booker T. Washington, Northwestern got back on its feet and rewarded new coach Stephen Field with his first victory.
Field, the first white coach in Northwestern history, saw his team score 28 points in the second quarter on its way to a 42-6 blowout win against North Miami Beach Thursday night at Traz Powell Stadium.
“It feels good,” said Field, who led his team into the school’s traditional postgame celebration circle and later a team prayer. “I dedicate this to my assistant coaches. They’re the ones who put in all the hard work. I’m happy for them and I’m happy for the team. We were hurt Saturday so we came and back and we fought hard.”
The Bulls (1-0) opened the scoring on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Randy Jones, Jr. that capped a 16-play, 84-yard drive.
Joseph Robinson, a 2014 FSU commitment, returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown and later followed it up with a 34-yard touchdown catch from Jones.
The Bulls’ defense stifled NMB (0-1), holding it to only 80 total yards and minus-6 rushing.
Northwestern’s running game took over at that point as Darius Tice and Fabian Johnson piled up the yards.
Tice finished with 127 yards on seven carries, including touchdown runs of 66 and 20 yards. Johnson ran for 94 yards on 11 carries. Backup quarterback Anthony connected with Leon Brown for a 65-yard touchdown pass to cap the scoring in the fourth.
“We had to come back and make a statement and show people we weren’t just going to go in the tank after last week,” Robinson said. “We did this all for coach Field.”
Longtime school alumni president Larry Williams said although there may be some detractors out there, his association and Northwestern’s boosters have and continue to be in support of their new coach — regardless of race.
“We’ve always supported coach Field along with the booster club,” Williams said. “He’s met all the goals and objectives he said he would do for the program. We’re very excited and we think the program is going to move to another level.”
• Killian 42, Homestead 21: The Cougars (1-0) ran their patented Wing-T to perfection to pour it on the Broncos and spoil Patrick Burrows’ coaching debut with Homestead (0-1).
Five different Cougars got into the end zone at Southridge as Killian went into the half up 35-0. As a team, Killian ran for 195 yards. Sophomore athlete Jaquan Johnson had two touchdown catches go for 93 yards to add to his 45 yards off eight carries on the ground.
The Cougar defense sacked Bronco quarterbacks five times, forced three fumbles, recovered two of them, intercepted a pass, and recorded a safety in a dominant showing.
Homestead wide receiver Ermon Lane finished with four receptions for 154 yards and two late touchdowns.
• Southwest 21, Coral Park 7: Austin Patino returned an on-side kick 55 yards for a touchdown to snap a 7-7 third-quarter tie, leading the Eagles over the Rams in the season opener for both teams at Tropical Stadium.
n a neighborhood rivalry and annual series that dates to 1962, Southwest won for the sixth time in the past seven years.
Trevon Sands returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown to give the Eagles an insurance score. He also scored Southwest’s first TD on a three-yard run.
Coral Park’s Jon Molina was injured while blocking on the kickoff that started the second half. The severity of his injury is not yet known, but a Miami Dade Fire and Rescue truck came on the field and carried Molina off on a stretcher.
• Norland 26, American 2: Despite losing key players from last season’s Class 5A football championship team, Miami Norland beat the Patriots, 26-2 at North Miami Athletic Stadium.
After a scoreless first quarter, senior quarterback Greg Brown threw for two touchdowns — both to junior wide receiver Kendrick Edwards — within a three-minute span, including one as time expired on the final play of the first half.
Sophomore defensive back Jerimah Dinson intercepted sophomore quarterback Romy Gonzalez’s pass on the ensuing possession following the first score of the game and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown.
American recorded just one first down in the half, tallying negative yardage in total offense during the first 24 minutes.
“The defense did a much better job than last week,” head coach Daryle Heidelburg said. “We got a lot of pressure on that quarterback -- he’s pretty good, he can throw the ball --but we got a lot of pressure on him and made him throw the ball a lot quicker than he wanted to. I’m pleased with the defensive effort today.”
A running game by committee combined for 180 yards, trying its best to replace Mr. Florida Duke Johnson, who is currently with the Miami Hurricanes. Junior LaKeith Stafford capped the scoring with a two-yard run with 10:03 left in the game.
“It’s the first game,” said Heidelburg, whose team lost 21-7 to Carol City last week in a preseason game. “We just want to be healthy and get going right now. We expect to be playing for the long haul, so we take every game and make the necessary corrections. We’re just trying to get better each week.”
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• Florida Christian 27, Saint Andrews 7: The Patriots (1-0) outscored Saint Andrews 13-0 in the fourth quarter to cruise to a 20-point victory in its home opener. Florida Christian’s Wing-T offense rushed for 284 yards while the defense kept constant pressure on the Scots’ (0-1) quarterback.
Running back Julian Seekins rushed for 52 yards and a touchdown in the first half. The Patriots lead 14-7 at halftime. Florida Christian’s rushing game and defense peaked in the fourth quarter. Quarterback JJ Burmeister scored his second touchdown of the game on a short quarterback sneak.
Florida Christian running back Julian Seekins finished with a game-high 83 rushing yards, while quarterback JJ Burmeister passed for 38 yards and rushed for 12 yards and two scores. St. Andrews was led by running back Sean Mooney who had 95 total yards from scrimmage and scored the lone touchdown of the game for the Scots.