Norland falls short to Northwestern

Norland opted for a 2-point conversion on a late touchdown instead of tying the game, losing to Northwestern.

10/05/2013 12:01 AM

10/05/2013 11:25 AM

Miami Northwestern senior quarterback Trevis McKinney threw for three touchdowns and scored one of his own, helping the Bulls overcame a second-half deficit to beat District 16-6A rival Miami Norland 27-26 on Friday night at Traz Powell Stadium.

McKinney, who went 10 for 20 with 208 yards with three touchdowns, connected with senior wideout Odis Grimes for the game-winner with 10:15 remaining.

The Lightning (2-4, 1-1), which snapped a two-game winning streak, produced its own touchdown with 1:09 left on sophomore quarterback Rodrick Robinson’s 35-yard strike to senior wide receiver Kevin Harris.

Electing to go for two instead of attempting to tie the game, senior Khalil Murat’s pass fell incomplete.

The Bulls (3-2, 1-1) took a 7-0 lead early in the first on McKinney’s 36-yard touchdown to senior Jarbari Dowling. They would later connect on a 24-yarder in the third for a 21-20 advantage.

Norland held a 14-7 halftime lead on a pair of touchdown runs from senior Zaquan Tyson from 6 and 27 yards out.

McKinney added 72 yards on the ground on 22 carries, including a 3-yard touchdown run that tied the score at 14 with 8:23 to go in the third. The Vikings responded with Robinson’s 18-yard pass to senior Kendrick Edwards that made it 20-14.

“He’s turning into a really big-time player,” Northwestern coach Stephen Field said of McKinney. “We’re really excited about him. The offensive line did a great job. We just all came together tonight. I’m really, really proud of the guys.”

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