It was a historic night for the North Miami football program.
With a 48-21 win against Reagan at North Miami Stadium on Saturday night, North Miami clinched District 13-8A for its first district title since 1991. The Pioneers (7-1, 4-0) will be playing postseason football for the first time since 1999.
“This group of guys I have and this coaching staff worked hard,” said North Miami coach Ed Williams, who received a Gatorade shower from his players after the game. “It’s special. We don’t have those blue-chip guys. These guys worked hard, and I love it.”
Quarterback Hilton Joseph was surgical in tearing up the Reagan defense, throwing for five touchdowns and 334 yards on 18-of-25 passing in North Miami’s no-huddle spread offense.
"It feels good to know that I could come back to the school and know that I’m a part of something," Joseph said about propelling his team to its first district title in 22 years.
Joseph found receiver Stanley Clerveaux on a pair of long touchdowns -- one from 40 and another from 60 yards away. Clerveaux finished with 125 yards on five receptions.
Joseph’s first touchdown pass went 13 yards to Emmanuel Dorvil, who also threw for a late score once the score was out of reach for Reagan (3-5, 1-3). Victor Sam had both his catches go for touchdowns as he finished with 71 receiving yards.
Linebacker James Bell delivered the dagger when he returned a fumble 59 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter when the Bison were down by 14 and driving in North Miami territory.
With the district already wrapped up, North Miami has one more district game to play against Krop before finishing off the regular season against Edison and preparing for a regional quarterfinal matchup the Pioneers will host against the runner-up of District 14-8A.