Jackson quarterback Quinton Flowers, doubling as a safety, got called for a personal foul for a crushing hit he put on Norland receiver Zaquon Tyson Friday night at North Miami Stadium.
But that was nothing compared to the pain the entire Jackson team inflicted on Norland.
The Vikings, the defending state champions in Class 5A were eliminated from the playoffs by Jackson 30-21.
Flowers ran for one score and threw for three, all of them to wide receiver Vincent Hall.
With the win over Norland (9-3), the Generals (7-4) advanced to the regional finals for the first time since 2006.
It was the second straight week the Generals had pulled a significant upset. Last week, Jackson beat American Heritage, 39-23.
Jackson entered the Heritage game riding a three-game losing streak. Included in that skid was a 22-3 loss to Norland on Oct. 19.
But Jackson led that game 3-0 at halftime and never trailed. Jackson, which plays Glades Central next, is one win away from making its first trip to the state semifinals since 2000.
The Generals have never won a state title, but they sure looked comfortable dethroning Norland, forcing the Vikings to punt without a first down on their first four possessions.
By that time, Jackson had built a 13-0 lead on a 44-yard touchdown pass from Flowers to Hall and a 35-yard quarterback sneak by Flowers.
Norland’s top running back, LaKeith Stafford, who was held to 26 yards on 15 carries, got loose for a 5-yard touchdown to make it 13-7. It was the 14th score of the season for Stafford, the heir apparent to Duke Johnson as a Vikings star runner.
But the Jackson defense, which had allowed seven touchdowns of 63 yards or more in the past six games, had no such breakdowns against Norland. They held Stafford in check and went into halftime with a 16-7 lead after a 27-yard field goal by Franklin Bonilla.
The Generals seemed to put the game away with a 32-yard TD pass from Flowers to Hall on a third-quarter slant pattern. That made it 23-7, and the Generals were shutting down a Vikings offense that came in averaging 29.4 points.
Norland, though, was not dead yet. Quarterback Taron James ran for a one-yard touchdown and threw a two-point conversion pass to Kendrick Edwards, a 6-foot-5 receiver who reached over two defenders in the back of the end zone. Norland trimmed the deficit to 23-15 with 8:25 left in the game.
The Vikings then recovered an onside-kick. Three plays later, James had connected with Edwards on another high pass for a 19-yard touchdown.
The Vikings went for the two-point conversion to tie the score, but running back Khalil Murat was stopped about a foot short on a pitch play to his left.
Norland trailed, 23-21, with 7:52 left and had plenty of time to keep their repeat-title hopes alive. But that’s when Flowers came through again, running for two first downs and converting on a third-down pass to Timothy Bellinger. Jackson also got a first down on a face-mask penalty, killing more time.
Flowers capped the drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Hall — a combination the Vikings will likely see in their nightmares.
• Region 4-4A final – Booker T. Washington 57, Gulliver 0: Booker T. Washington scored seven first-half touchdowns in route to a 57-0 win over Gulliver Prep at Curtis Field.
The Tornadoes will face Cocoa in a state semifinal next week.