Jackson beats Norland, reaches regional final


Special to The Miami Herald

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.

“We created a lot of turnovers and we’re able to score off those turnovers,” Booker T. coach Tim Harris said. “We need to keep moving and show we can compete.”

The Tornadoes’ defense limited Gulliver (6-6) for much of the game. Early in the first quarter, Booker T. forced a fumble after a blind-side hit on the Raiders’ quarterback. After recovering the ball, the Tornadoes scored on the subsequent play when junior Krondis Larry rushed for a yard. Larry was key to Booker T.’s offensive efficiency, scoring three times, including a 3-yard run before halftime.

The Tornadoes’ defense held Gulliver to 64 yards of total offense and three first downs for the game. The Raiders fumbled the ball three times, leading to three Booker T. scores.

“We’ve shown that we’ve gotten better,” Harris said.

Offensively, the Tornadoes (12-1) were relentless, scoring three consecutive touchdowns before the end of the first quarter. Junior quarterback Treon Harris, who did not play in the second-half, had 252 yards on 13 completions and threw for three touchdowns.



•  Late Wednesday – Archbishop Carroll 73, Killian 61 – CAR (1-0): Leon 19, Amaro 17, Brimah 13, Cohen 12, Lima 9, Brown 2, Garcia 1. KIL (1-1): Moore 20, C. Watkins 18, Garrammone 8, Cascia 5, Miller 4, R. Watkins 2, Florez 2, Alvarez 2. Three-pointers: Amaro 4, Leon 3, Lima 1, Moore 1, C. Watkins 1, Cascia 1. Rebounds: Brimah 7. Assists: Lima 7. Steals: Lima 4, Leon 4. Blocks: Brimah 4.

•  Late Wednesday – Ransom 94, Pace 82 – RE (1-0): Singer 36, Rivlin 6, Ertel 10, Roach 16, Marx 21, Rose 4, Campano 5. Rebounds: Singer 12. Assists: Marx 11. Steals: Singer 5.

•  Late Wednesday – Doral Academy 67, North Miami 43 – DA: Ruiz 15, Mendia 15, Reese 14, Fernandez 14, Garcia 5, Mercondez 3, Santos 1. Halftime: DA 33-22.

Late Tuesday – Belen 62, Westland 52 – BEL (3-0): Fernandez, M. 15, Iparraguirre 5, Perez 10, Alvarez 8, Battle 4, Pujals 13, Couto 7. WES (0-1): Cando 7, Suarez 7, Gonzalez 9, Chorion 13, Hernandez, D. 14, Hernandez, A. 2. Three-pointers: Fernandez 2, Iparraguirre, Cando. Steals: Alvarez 4. Rebounds: Fernandez 5. Assists: Alvarez 4.

•  Late Tuesday – Booker T. 68, North Miami Beach 63 – BTW: Spiller 17, Holcolmb 1, Pitpit 6, Williams 4, Passmore 2, Jackson 20, Henvill 15, Cox 3. NMB: Larose 19, Mesinor 20, Bissainthe 4, Joachim 7, Jeantinor 8, Remedios 5. Three-pointers: Larose, Mesinor 4, Remedios, Spiller 2, Pitpit 2, Henvill 5, Cox. Rebounds: Jackson 18, Spiller 12. Assists: Spiller 11. Steals: Pitpit 4. Blocks: Jackson 4.

•  Late Monday – Booker T. 65, Krop 22 – BTW: Spiller 8, Holcomb 10, Pitpit 7, Williams 10, Passmore 2, Jackson 15, Henvill 10, Cox 5. KR: Morgan 2, Moreao 4, Aracena 4, Moreno 5. Halftime: BTW 38-6. Rebounds: Spiller 8, Jackson 8. Steals: Holcomb 6, Spiller 6. Assists: Spiller 7. Blocks: Jackson 4.


•  Mater East 53, Pine Crest 27 – ME: Camacho 10, Richard 23, Marquez 2, Woody 6, Zheng 10. PC: Ruggiero 2, Beltran 7, Martinez 3, Ruiz 2, Toranzo 13. Halftime: ME 28-16 . Rebounds: Camacho 11. Assists: Zheng 9.

•  Late Wednesday – Coral Reef 38, Homestead 24 – CR (4-1): Arabitg 16, Toussant 6, A. Alespeiti 5, Schonenberg 3, J. Hollin 3, R. Alespeiti 2, Sanders 2, Flores 1. HOM: Morris 11, Carcamo 7, Molina 4, Morais 2. Rebounds: Arabitg 20. Steals: Schonenberg 6, R. Alespeiti 6. Blocks: Arabitg 9.

Late Wednesday – Florida Christian 46, Ransom Everglades 38 – FC: Martinez 6, Sicre 21, B. Smith 6, J. Smith 13. RE: Bernhardt 10, Deutch 3, Sheppard 2, B. Smith 9, C. Thomas 14. Halftime: FC 24-18. Three-pointers: Bernhardt, Detuch, Martinez 2, Sicre 2. Rebounds: B. Smith 10, Assists: Jimenez 4, Steals: Sicre 10.

•  Late Wednesday – South Miami 69, Jackson 41 – SM (4-1): Brown 17, Cummings 12, Gil 5, Puertas 9, Ayerdis 4, K.D. Brown 6, King 8, Moore 2, Evans 8. JAC: Hall 2, Cruz 6, Bellot 3, Johnson 4, Paschal 10, Mitchell 8, Jones 2, Dela Rosa 6. Halftime: SM 34-18. Rebounds: Puertas 10. Steals: Cummings 7. Assists: Valdes 3. Fouled out: Bellot, Johnson, Paschal, Jones, Del Rosa.


Coral reef 45, Killian 31: 106: Jevontea Yarbrough pin 1:26. 113: Nico Grijalva pin 2:23. 120: Abbott Lopez pin 2:55. 138: Ramon Vega pin 1:38. 145: Derrick Jones pin 0:32. 220: Aaron Sparber pin 1:48.



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