With a near altercation before the start of the game, the intensity was at an all-time high at the Northeast-Hallandale game once the teams kicked off, but it was the Chargers that brought the thunder early on with a defensive scheme that confused the Northeast offense and an offense that seemingly had the Hurricanes number throughout.
Freshman quarterback Tyler Huntley was 13 for 22 for 145 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Chargers to a 23-12 home win Friday night.
After forcing a quick punt to start the game, Hallandale marched right down the field on eight plays and took a 7-0 lead on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Huntley to Aaron Plantt.
The Chargers opened the second half the same way as the first, blistering the Hurricanes defense as they marched the field and finished the drive when Treyvon Rolle scored on an 11-yard run for a 17-6 lead, but it was a 21-yard touchdown pass from Huntley to Deandre Adams that sealed it on the final play of the third quarter.
It took a few possessions for the Hurricanes to get accustomed to the Hallandale defense, which at times had all 11 defensive players standing, jumping back and forth to the line in an attempt to confuse the Northeast offensive linemen.
Thats something we do to try to confuse the offensive line, Hallandale coach Dameon Jones said. It worked early on and got them off balance.
Northeast figured it out toward the end of the first quarter when a couple of runs by Jamal Wallace and Timonte King, followed by a 16-yard pass from Brion Sanchious to Willy Rivera set up a 22-yard touchdown reception by Stacey Coley, who made a great catch in the corner of the end zone. The Canes missed the extra point and trailed 7-6.
Fumbles plagued the first half as Northeast lost two fumbles, one that nearly cost it points and a second that did cost them three points just before the end of the first half. Driving down the field after a 32-yard catch by Coley, King fumbled at midfield and Hallandale took over at the Northeast 30-yard line. The Canes defense forced a 28-yard field goal just before the break.
Coley finished with 7 catches for 110 yards and a touchdown.
• Cardinal Gibbons 45, Coral Glades 21: For the second week in a row, the Chiefs trampled the opposing defense with their two-quarterback alternating system. After trailing 7-0, Gibbons (2-0) went on to score 45 unanswered points.
Ryan Giaratano and Peyton Bendon combined to pass for 206 yards, including four touchdown passes (three by Bender).
• Chaminade-Madonna 40, Village Academy 0: Sean White threw for 189 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a score as the host Lions outmanned the mistake-prone Tigers (eight fumbles, 10 penalties).
White overcame a slow start, throwing two interceptions during the Lions first three possessions, finishing with 13 completions in 19 passes, with two of his scoring tosses going to Alex Thomas for 43 and 3 yards. White and the rest of the starters sat out the fourth quarter, which progressed with a running clock.
• Calvary Christian Academy 20, Somerset Academy 15: Despite five turnovers, the Eagles prevailed against the Panthers.
Down 15-14 in the fourth quarter Calvary quarterback Isaac Hoza hit his favorite target, Alexander Fifelski, for a 53-yard touchdown pass for the decisive strike.
Hoza finished 7 of 15 for 153 yards and two interceptions to add to his touchdown toss while Fifelski reeled in three catches for 90 receiving yards.
The highlight of the day for Somerset came when Jonathan Rodriguez took a fumble recovery 65 yards to pay dirt to give the Panthers the one-point lead in the third that they would ultimately surrender.
• Pembroke Pines Charter, Piper (postponed): After the kickoff, there was a two-hour delay because of lightning. The game was done called for the day and it will be made up Saturday at 5 p.m.
• Western d. Flanagan 18-25, 25-15, 25-17, 25-9: Amanda Medlock 27 points, 18 aces, 10 kills, 5 digs. Alexa Oblak 9 points, 2 aces, 10 kills, 3 blocks. Melissa Procko 15 points, 6 aces. WES 3-0.
Douglas d. Coral Springs 25-12, 25-16, 25-11: Sydney Torres 11 aces, 10 points, 17 digs. DOUG 2-1.
• Cypress Bay d. West Broward: 17-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-16, 15-12: For WB: Ashley Navarrete 24 digs, 2 kills, 6 points. Daniela Arenas 10 kills, 5 blocks. Sophia Alichos 8 kills, 4 points.
• Late Thursday Monarch d. Blanche Ely 25-6, 25-7, 25-17: Madison Mihok 17 assists, 2 kills, 2 blocks, 13 points, 10 aces. Tara Brannen 8 kills, 3 blocks, 24 points, 13 aces.
Pembroke Pines Charter vs. Piper at Piper, 5
Stranahan vs. West Broward (Bonaventure), 3