Williams, in his first season as a head coach, said that his team’s recent turnaround is something that he’s been preparing for.
“I’ve been dreaming and preparing for this opportunity for a long time,” Williams said.
“I was a part of the staff that brought on a big turnaround at HML and I was a part of the staff that turned American around. I worked under some great head coaches, and I’m using all of that here at North Miami.”
• Palmer Trinity 46, Princeton Christian 0: Palmer Trinity got the first win of the season with the help of its rushing attack.
Falcons running back Alex Torbert led the team with two rushing touchdowns and 43 yards on the ground.
Senior Falcons quarterback Drake Peterson broke open the game in the second quarter when he had a 54-yard run to put the Falcons in scoring position, which changed the tempo of the game.
The Panthers’ offensive leader was Devin Hermann with 32 rushing yards. A junior, Hermann leads the Panthers in all offensive categories for the season.
• Florida Christian 41, Miami Country Day 6: Florida Christian (5-1) went on the road and defeated Miami Country Day in Miami Shores. .
Kenrry Tejedor led the dominant Patriots rushing attack with 173 yards and a touchdown, Julian Seekins ran for another 71 yards and scored on three occasions, and Carlos Nieto added 54 yards and a touchdown.
Quarterback JJ Burmeister balanced out the attack with 27 yards in the air and a touchdown pass to Giovanni Mallea.
Miami Country Day (2-5) was led by a great second-half performance by Ricky González as he led the Spartans with 68 yards rushing and scored a touchdown.
“The offensive line deserves credit,” Florida Christian offensive line coach Juan Montano said. “Every week they are opening holes. They are coming off the ball and making the plays happen.”
• South Dade 34, Miami High 7: Despite not having starting quarterback Bryant Stewart, out with a concussion, the Buccaneers (6-1, 2-0) demolished the Stingarees (1-5, 0-1) 34-7 in front of 400 fans in a one-sided battle at Harris Field.
The Bucs, celebrating their homecoming game, were lead by quarterback Darryl Tillman, who threw Dade’s first two touchdowns for a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. South Dade went on to lead 28-0 going into the half after running back Keenan Schneider scored on a 6-yard scamper and defensive back Antwan Cordy connected on a 6-yard pass to receiver Devontay Keaton.
The Stings (1-5, 0-1), who did not get a first down until midway through the second quarter, scored on an end-zone fumble recovery by Luis Tejeda, who ran 100 yards to the other end of the field. It would not be enough to disconcert the District 16-8A leaders, who scored again on 6-yard run by Schneider.
South Dade plays district rival Palmetto next week (4-3, 0-1), a game that Bucs head coach Nathaniel Hudson Jr. said will be thrilling.
“Every team becomes desperate and intense in district games,” Hudson said. “They are definitely going to come out with pride and excitement.”