Carol City continued its recent win streak Friday night at Traz Powell Stadium since dropping its season opener to Booker T. Washington.
Senior quarterback Akeem Jones connected with senior receiver Gregory Conde for the go-ahead 29-yard touchdown with 11:14 remaining as the Chiefs beat Belen Jesuit 22-17.
Junior Trayon Gray returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown after Belen junior Jorge Powell’s 26-yard field goal to give Carol City its first lead at 14-10. The Wolverines (2-4, 0-2) came back on junior quarterback Jorge Pola’s 30-yard pass to senior Ryan Murphy with just under a minute left in the third quarter.
Belen Jesuit broke a scoreless tie in the second thanks to an 11-play, 80-yard drive that culminated on junior running back Daniel Neptune’s 3-yard score. The Wolverines passed the ball just once — and four times overall — for the game.
Carol City (5-1, 2-0) finally got on the scoreboard with 36.1 seconds left in the half when Jones found Conde for 9 yards through the air, ending an 82-yard drive on just five plays. But it was unable to execute the two-point conversion and the score was 7-6.
“We couldn’t find out rhythm in the first half, and we knew they were a ball-control-type team,” said coach Harold Barnwell, whose team came into Friday tied with Homestead for first in District 16-6A. “We haven’t been [to the playoffs] in a couple of years and that’s one thing we want to get back into. We know that once you get into the playoffs anything can happen.”
• North Miami Beach 40, Krop 27: North Miami Beach and Krop were entangled in a high-scoring affair as they made their respective debuts in District 13-8A. In the end it would be the Chargers (3-2, 1-0) that would come out on top with a win over the Lightning.
The star was running back Freddy Leroy, who ran for 285 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Cedric Wiggins was also a major catalyst of the Charger offense as he passed for 166 yards and threw three touchdowns.
Wiggins also scored on a 46-yard touchdown run to help spoil the Krop homecoming.
Krop (3-3, 0-1) was led by quarterback Keon Roman, who threw for 281 yards, including a 77-yard touchdown pass to Orlando Olivera and 52-yard toss to Jovon Durante.
Roman also led the team in rushing with 78 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown run.
Taylor David led the Palmetto girls to a convincing 25-23, 25-23, 25-19 win over district rival Coral Reef.
David’s eight kills and five aces helped the Panther defeat the Barracudas in three sets.
“This was a tough match for us,” Palmetto coach Kim Latshaw said. “Coral Reef has been at the top of our district.”
Makayla Stephens added 10 kills, and Tiffany Batten had seven kills, nine digs and four aces to help the Panthers to improve to 11-3.
Jamie Comendeiro assisted in the win with 29 assists and eight digs.
• Ransom d. Nova 25-13, 25-5: Jess Mandel 5 kills. Erika Sklaver 3 kills. Lisette Tellez 16 points. Nikki Colonna 16 assists.
• Ransom d. St. Andrews 25-22, 25-15: Katherine Trinka 8 kills. Caroline Sklaver 4 kills, 6 blocks. Erika Sklaver 8 kills, 4 blocks. Nikki Colonna 28 assists.
• Ransom d. West Broward: Katerina Trinka 8 kills. Tere Bernace 14 digs, 2 aces. Jess Mandell 7 kills. Nikki Colonna 26 assists.