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.
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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.”