Perseverance has kept the Killian football team on the path to improvement the past three seasons.
In recent weeks, it’s been the Cougars’ running backs’ turn after losing a few key members to injuries.
Sophomore Jaquan Johnson and seniors Harry Jones and Miguel Andrillon combined for 208 of Killian’s 212 rushing yards to lead the Cougars to a convincing 27-13 victory over district rival Southridge on Saturday night at Harris Field.
Johnson sparked the effort with 94 yards on 11 carries and three touchdowns. This included a 55-yard score in the second quarter that helped Killian (4-0, 1-0 District 16-8A) build a 27-0 lead early in the third quarter.
They, Jamaal Burgess and backup quarterback Nigel Dillard have helped Killian on track after it recently lost tailback Rodari Revere to a season-ending knee injury. Senior Tadam James also went down with a knee sprain and junior Armando Martinez is out for an extended amount of time with a broken fibula.
The Cougars held Southridge (1-3, 0-1) in check until the fourth quarter when Troy Cook threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Dorvilier to break a streak of 11 quarters by the Killian defense not allowing an offensive touchdown.
“We give these kids a task every week and that goes for any defense,” Killian coach Corey Johnson said. “You will have a person you have to stop. If you diffuse that bomb every week, you will be successful.”
• Dade Christian 14, Ronald Reagan 13: Dade Christian (4-0, 1-0) scored a late go-ahead touchdown against Ronald Reagan (3-1) on a 10-yard touchdown catch by running back Andrew Florvil with five minutes left to win at Milander Park.
There was only one pass attempt in the first half as each team relied on its running game. The Bison led 3-0 at halftime. The Crusaders scored early in the third quarter on a 12-yard run by Florvil.
With the score 14-13, the Bison elected to attempt a possible game-winning field goal with 37 seconds to play. Kicker Ricky Gomez was already 2-3 on the night, but his 56-yard attempt fell short and wide-left.
Florvil had nine carries for 60 yards and two touchdowns.
• Norland 46, Miami Springs 0: The Vikings (3-1) rolled to the easy win at North Miami Stadium.
Quarterback Taron James threw for a pair of touchdowns and nine different Viking running backs touched the ball led by LaKeith Stafford who finished the night with 56 yards on eight carries and a 10-yard touchdown run.
James tossed two touchdown passes in the second quarter, five yards to Kendrick Edwards and 27 yards to Zaquon Tyson.
• Ransom Everglades vs Archbishop Curley PPD:
The game, which is a district contest in the South Division of the newly-formed Southeastern Football Conference, has been rescheduled for Monday at 4 p.m.
• Booker T. Washington 68, Orlando Jones 13: Orlando Jones did not stand a chance against Booker T’s strength and speed in a game that could wind up being a Class-4A state semifinal preview Saturday night at Traz Powell Stadium.
The Tornadoes (3-1) outran the Tigers with 263 yards rushing compared to Jones’ 13 on the ground as they defeated Orlando Jones at Traz Powell Stadium.
Treon Harris went 11 of 13 for 229 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for a score.