For the first time in program history, the Mourning football team played a regular-season varsity matchup with neighborhood rival Krop, one of the two public schools in the North Miami Beach area that Mourning was designed to relieve of overcrowding when it was established in 2009.
After the result Wednesday night at North Miami Stadium, Krop may wish it could trade back to being overcrowded.
Behind two touchdowns from wide receiver and kick returner Austin Stradford and two passing touchdowns from quarterback Frank Ochoa, Mourning defeated Krop 31-12 in a game of foes that grew up together.
“A lot of these kids know each other,” Mourning coach Carl Cirkl said. “You can see them during the game hitting each other on the head. It’s a great victory for us, especially being a new school in this area.”
After the game, Cirkl received a water cooler shower from his players.
“I don’t understand why. I mean we’ve won before,” Cirkl said. “But I’ll take it.”
With Mourning (1-1) up 7-6 at halftime, the Sharks outscored the Lightning 21-6 in the third quarter. They scored on a 10-play, 45-yard drive after starting the half with field position in Krop territory after a favorable kickoff.
After a Krop touchdown drive made it 14-12, Stradford responded quickly with a 75-yard kick return for a touchdown on a squib kick.
Stradford also scored in the first half as Ochoa connected with him from 14 yards out.
Ochoa later hit Kevin Joseph on a slant that went 37 yards for a touchdown to put the Lightning (0-3) away for good.
Mourning kicker Skylar Reese capped the scoring with a 48-yard field goal that just barely snuck above the crossbar.
MK- Khouri 14 pass from Hamilton (kick blocked)
ATM- Stradford 11 pass from Ochoa (Reese kick)
ATM- Johnson 3 run (Reese kick)
MK- Vandiver 1 run (run failed)
ATM- Stradford 75 kick return (Reese kick)
ATM- Joseph 37 pass from Ochoa (Reese kick)
ATM- FG Reese 48
•Miami Jackson 26, Miami Norland 7:
Why is it so tough to defend Jackson quarterback Quinton Flowers? Because when he struggles with the passing game, he simply does it with his legs.
Such was the case on Wednesday night at Curtis Park when Flowers bobbed, dodged and weaved his way through the Norland defense for 143 yards on 11 carries and scored three of his team’s four touchdowns as the Generals cruised past the Vikings.
With the win, Jackson No. 5 in the Miami Herald’s South Florida Top 20 poll, moved to 2-0 while the Vikings, just two seasons removed from a 5A state title, dropped to 0-3.
“When it not’s working [through the air], I just count to five and go,” said Flowers; who completed just 4 of 12 for 76 yards, including a 37-yard scoring strike to Terrance Rutherford late in the first quarter.
“Last year against Immokalee [a state semifinal loss] we were one win from the state final and I didn’t take off when I had my chances and I’m not going to let that happen again. We have our eye on the big prize [Orlando] but we need to stay focused each and every week.”
NOR: Tyson 72 pass from James (Murat kick)
JAC: Rutherford 37 pass from Flowers (Watson run)
JAC: Flowers 16 run (pass failed)
JAC: Flowers 64 run (pass failed)
JAC: Flowers 22 run (pass failed)
BOOKER T. WASHINGTON 45,
CAROL CITY 0
BTW-Larry 1 pass from Harris (kick blocked)
BTW-Parker 7 pass from Harris (Green pass from Harris)
BTW-McPhee 17 pass from Harris (Borregales kick)
BTW-FG Borregales 25
BTW-Hopkins 20 run (Borregales kick)
BTW-Walton 1 run (Borregales kick)
BTW-Frye 3 run (Borregales kick)
•TERRA d. American 3-0:
High games: Nick Munoz 225, Chris Bacallao 222, Josh Munoz (TER) 221, P. Orlando (AME) 193. High series: Josh Munoz (TER) 565. TER 1-1
•Miami Christian d. Belen:
High games Alex Yaniz (MC) 221, Jeffrey Yaniz (MC) 201, Daniel Cortez 158 (MC). MC 1-1.
•TERRA d. American 2-1:
High games: Tori Burstein (TER) 226, Samantha Boellard (TER) 176, Kristi Perlberg (TER) 148, Briana Futch (AME) 193. High series: Briana Futch (AME) 535, Tori Burstein 507.TERRA 2-0.
•Lake Highland Prep 313, Ransom Everglades 329 (at Country Club of Orlando, Par 72):
Andre Loveque (LH) 75, Daniel Tannenbaum (RE) 76, Matt McDonald (LH) 76.
•Coral Park 229, Miami Sunset 275, Ferguson 272:
Carlos Mena 45 (CP).
•Belen Jesuit 151, Archbishop McCarthy 152:
Kristian Lastre 33 (BEL), B. Perez 36 (AM), J Chaser 37 (AM), Pedro Gomez 39 (BEL), Nick Vega 39 (BEL). BEL 4-1
•Coral Reef d. South Dade 25-13, 25-10, 25-9:
Kristine Rios 14 assist, 7 kills, 4 aces, 9 digs. Andrea Alespeiti 6 kills, 2 blocks. Raquel Alespeiti 2 kills, 2 blocks. CR 5-0.
•Palmetto d. Southridge 25-9, 25-5, 25-1: Lauren
Phillips 34 points, 17 aces. PAL 4-2.
•Terra d. Mater 25-21, 25-17, 25-19:
Brooke McDermott 15 kills, 3 aces, 2 assists. Katelyn Barrow 16 assists, 2 aces. TER 7-0.
•Late Tuesday, MAST d. Booker T. 25- 2, 25-12, 25-10:
Christina Soto 9 assists, 4 aces. Mia Boloix 5 kills. Delma Fonseca 2 set assists, 2 hits, 21 aces
•Late Tuesday, American d. South Miami, HML:
100 free Alejandro (AME). 50 free: Antonio Perez (HML). 200 free: Maria Perez (HML). 500free: Maria Perez (HML).