Norland 20, Columbus 15

Norland beats Columbus behind play of Murat

With his starting quarterback down, Norland coach Daryle Heidelburg had senior Khalil Murat do everything but make the concession stand conch balls to get a 20-15 win against Columbus at North Miami Stadium Friday night.

Murat began the game lining up at running back and his 133 yards on 20 carries included a 30-yard touchdown run that put Norland (2-3, 2-0) ahead 14-8 in the third quarter. Well, that was the score after Murat’s two-point conversion lob to 6-5 Kendrick Edwards, who Murat hit with a 22-yard touchdown pass during a first quarter cameo.

After the second touchdown run of the night by Columbus’ Oshton Armstrong gave the Explorers (1-4, 0-2) back the lead 15-14, Murat’s 2-yard run for Norland’s third touchdown answered to end the next drive. That came out of a Wildcat set.

Then, for the fourth quarter, Norland went to a Wing-T with Murat quarterbacking. Murat made two tough, second effort runs on third and 2 and third and 1 to put the game away as the Vikings held the ball for the last 6:24.

Heidelburg credited offensive line coach Horane Allison for installing the Wing-T.

“It’s a little out of my shell,” Heidelburg said. “But if it’s going to make the kids comfortable, slow down the game and cuts down on turnovers, I’m not stubborn. I want to win games.”

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