Carol City 27, Norland 14

Carol City beats Norland, punches ticket to playoffs

 

Special to the Miami Herald

Much was at stake in the Vikings’ and Chiefs’ first meeting since 2010, namely playoff berths.

Carol City (5-3, 2-1) not only clinched its first playoff appearance since 2009, finishing second in District 16-6A with a victory over Norland (2-7, 1-3) at North Miami Stadium, but the Chiefs also have neighborhood bragging rights for the year. Trayon Gray finished with 170 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Gray is at the center of the Chiefs’ return to the post season according to first year coach Aubrey Hill.

“We call him ‘Mr-Do-it-All’,” said Hill of his duo-threat quarterback. “We just want to use him wisely.”

The Chiefs’ defense stymied the Vikings’ passing attack, holding it to 75 yards while getting four interceptions. Norland responded with two touchdowns, but its kicking kept it from closing the gap.

“Lack of a kicking game hurt us,” Vikings’ coach Daryle Heidelburg said. “The kids have to get used to bringing it every week.”

Carol City finishes the regular season with a game against American, but the sweetness of this win mitigates any significance of defeating Norland.

“This game really defined where this program is going,” Hill said. “The tradition has always been here.”

The Chiefs face Dillard to open the playoffs.

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