Kai Henry pinballed through South Dade defenders with the ferocity of a tornado for one of his two touchdowns in Northwestern’s 44-7 win at Traz Powell Stadium.
It took just four plays for the Bulls to take command against the Buccaneers (1-4, 0-2 16-8A). Henry had 11 carries for 156 yards and the two touchdowns in the win. Chatarius Atwell completed 6 of 7 passes for 86 yards and two scores.
“It all starts with my O-line,” Henry said. “I can’t do anything without my O-line. Some of it is on me. I try.
“My mind-set is don’t go down. Full steam ahead to the touchdown. I’m not going down.”
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The Bulls (4-1, 0-1 16-6A) took the lead on Kiaryn Davis’ 22-yard touchdown reception from Atwell just 1:30 into the game. Henry sprinted for a 38-yard score three minutes later.
Then came a 1-hour 30-minute lightning delay.
“I had a really good performance,” Davis said. “Nothing would have happened without the O-line. Coach always tells us to remain focused. We had to keep focused until the game got back.”
When play resumed, Buccaneers quarterback Darnell Durham took the first snap for a 39-yard score. But the Bulls responded by exploding for 28 unanswered points.
Andre Adams had the first score in the run, snatching an 8-yard pass from Atwell. After a 38-yard Kelvin Flores field goal, Henry dashed for a 28-yard score. Justin Hill Jr. piled on in the third quarter with a 1-yard scoring run. Davis had a 7-yard rushing score with six minutes remaining.
The Buccaneers play a district game at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at Southridge. Northwestern faces Booker T. Washington at 7: 30 p.m. Oct. 7.
“It’s all hype,” Henry said. “Everybody think Booker T. is so good. We will see in two weeks how good they are. Whatever happens, happens.”