High School Sports

Northwestern wins to set up showdown next week with Carol City for playoff berth

The muddled mess, also known as the District 16-6A playoff race, got a little clearer on Saturday night.

Northwestern and Norland squared off at Traz Powell Stadium in what basically amounted to a playoff game, with the loser facing postseason elimination.

And when it was over, it was the Bulls who survived with a 16-8 victory at Traz Powell Stadium, setting up another big showdown contest against Carol City next week in which the winner will secure a playoff berth and the loser will be eliminated.

Central, which is done with its district play, finishing 3-1, clinched a playoff spot on Saturday night and will either finish first or second depending on who wins the NW/Carol City game.

But it wasn’t easy for the Bulls – not even close.

With the game seemingly wrapped up, Northwestern (4-4, 2-1) botched a kneeldown at midfield with 38 seconds left, fumbling the ball away and giving Norland a second chance. The Bulls then survived a controversial finish when the clock ran out on the Vikings on the Bulls’ 25 and Norland still with a timeout in its pocket.

“A big win for this team [Saturday],” Northwestern coach Max Edwards said. “The kids worked hard all week during practice, and we knew we had to have this to keep our playoff hopes alive. Now, we’ve got Carol City and we’re treating every week like it’s a playoff game.”

Edwards and the Bulls wound up having to work a lot harder than they should have.

After a Vikings pass fell incomplete at midfield with 38 seconds left and Norland with only one timeout, a couple of kneeldowns would’ve done the trick.

But the snap was botched and the Vikings (4-4, 1-2) recovered the loose ball. Two completed passes by Norland got the ball to the 25, the second one to Aubrey Carr with 6.6 seconds left for a first down which momentarily stopped the clock to set the chains.

Norland coach Darryle Heidleburg instructed quarterback Rodrick Robinson to clock the ball in order to save his timeout.

But when the chains were set, the clock started running, and when Robinson was pressured into an incompletion on the next play, there was no time left.

Confusion reigned. Heidleburg argued vehemently that his team had clocked the ball but the head referee explained to him that before the ball was snapped, the chains were not set yet and did not allow the clock play and instructed the quarterback that he was starting the clock on the ready whistle.

“Our mentality as a unit is just go out there and do whatever it takes,” said Bulls defensive end Demetrius Taylor who had two sacks and a bushel of big plays for his unit. “Bad things happen sometimes so when the kneeldown got messed up, we just said ‘let’s just go do it again.’ We really wanted this bad [Saturday night].”

The Bulls led 9-0 at the half and then built it to 16-0 when they put together their best drive of the night to open the third quarter going 67 yards in nine plays, Kai Henry scoring from seven yards out.

The Vikings struggled offensively for a good portion of the night but answered Henry’s touchdown with a 75 yard drive culminating with a 2 yard quarterback sneak by Robinson and subsequent two-point pass to cut the Bulls lead in half.

Before its final desperation drive, Norland flirted twice with the red zone, reaching the NW 26 and 31 only to be turned away on downs both times.

“Football is a game where the bounces work funny ways and it just happened to bounce our way,” said Edwards. “God was smiling on the Bulls. We played a fine Norland team that battled just as hard as us and it could’ve gone either way and fortunately it went ours.”

NW

NOR

First downs

11

18

Rushes-yards

37-118

36-174

Passing yards

56

72

Passes

5-8-0

7-28-1

Punts

3-36

0-0

Fumbles-lost

4-3

4-2

Penalties-yards

18-121

9-85

Field goals-att

0-1

0-0

NW

2

7

7

0--16

NOR

0

0

8

0--8

SCORING SUMMARY

NW - Safety; Norland grounding in end zone

NW - Lane 2 run (Flores kick)

NW - Henry 7 run (Flores kick)

NOR - Robinson 2 run (Sarette pass from Robinson)

Individual Statistics

Rushing (att-yds) -- NW: Atwell 6-(-19), Adams 1-(-4), Frazier 2-16, Henry 12-60, Lane 16-65. NOR: Evans 1-0, Stephens 1-3, Robinson 15-77, Wright 19-94.

Passing (comp-att-int, yds)-- NW: Atwell 5-8-0, 56. NOR: Robinson 7-28-1, 72.

Receiving (rec-yds-TD) -- NW: Othelot 1-1, Davis 1-4, Lane 2-18, Frazier 1-33. NOR: Robinson 1-10, Carr 1-12, Stephens 1-13, Richards 1-13, Gallimore 2-16, Scott 1-18.

BELEN JESUIT 51,

BRADDOCK 28

BEL

BRA

First downs

22

15

Rushes-yards

49-396

21-81

Passing yards

74

302

Passes

6-11-0

17-30-1

Punts

1-26

4-22

Fumbles-lost

1-1

0-0

Penalties-yards

6-60

5-45

Field goals-att

1-2

0-0

BEL

14

17

7

13--51

BRA

7

0

7

14--28

SCORING SUMMARY

BEL-Pinto 32 run (Rice kick)

BRA-Victor 68 pass from Alvarez (Mederos kick)

BEL-Pinto 6 run (Rice kick)

BEL-Estrada 1 run (Rice kick)

BEL-Pinto 7 run (Rice kick)

BEL-FG Rice 25

BRA-Victor 30 pass from Alvarez (Mederos kick)

BEL-J. Hernandez 14 pass from Pola (Rice kick)

BEL-Plasencia 18 pass from Pola (Rice kick)

BRA-Grant 23 pass from Alvarez (Mederos kick)

BEL-Garrastazu 47 run (kick failed)

BRA-Victor 41 pass from Alvarez (Mederos kick)

Individual Statistics

Rushing (att-yds) -- BEL: Hondal 1-(-8), Jimenez 1-(-2), Galvez 2-6, Hernandez 2-10, Chaney 3-31, Estrada 10-38, Garcia 8-41, Garrastazu 5-73, Robaina 5-92, Pinto 12-115. BRA: Alvarez 8-(-18), Sanabria 3-21, Chavez 5-29, Victor 5-49.

Passing (comp-att-int, yds)-- BEL: Hondal 3-8-0, 33, Pola 3-3-0, 41. BRA: Alvarez 17-30-1, 302.

Receiving (rec-yds-TD) -- BEL: Pinto 1-0, Garcia 1-9, Hernandez 1-14, Robaina 1-16, Perez 1-17, Plasencia 1-18. BRA: Chavez 2-4, Castellanos 1-8, Sanabria 2-11, Grant 6-94, Victor 6-185.

BOYS’ SWIMMING

▪ District 12-2A Final — 1. Gulliver Prep 555, 2. Mater Lakes 255.5, 3. Key West 219, 4. St Brendan 191.5, 5. Mourning 187, 6. Somerset Academy 183, 7. Mast 164, 8. Keys Gate 127.5, 9. Goleman 79.5: 200 Medley: Gulliver 1:43.28. 200 Free: Miguel Cancel (GP) 1:43.74. 200 IM: Ervin Marin (ML) 1:57.58. 50 Free: Irvin Hoost (SB) 21.38. 100 Fly: Reid Banciella (MA) 57.37. 100 Free: Irvin Hoost (SB) 47.62. 500 Free:Miguel Cancel (GP) 4:39.73. 200 Free: Gulliver 1:31.78. 100 Back: Trahern Gribble (GP) 56.84. 100 Breast: Ervin Marin (ML) 1:01.33. 400 Free: Gulliver 3:25.13.

GIRLS’ SWIMMING

▪ District 12-2A Final — 1. Gulliver Prep 612, 2. Mast 287, 3. St. Brendan 233, 4. Key West 190, 5. Keys Gate 177, 6. Mater Lakes 154, 7. Mourning 144, 8. Goleman 94, 9. Somerset Academy 93: 200 Medley: Gulliver 1:50.84. 200 Free: Niki Urquidi (GP) 1:53.64. 200 IM: Kelly Fertel (GP) 2:03.81. 50 Free: Andrea Santander (GP) 23.97. 100 Fly: Emily Cordovi (GP) 57.85. 100 Free: Andrea Santander (GP) 53.16. 500 Free: Niki Urquidi (GP) 4:58.94. 200 Free Relay: Gulliver Prep 1:42.89. 100 Back: Emily Cordovi (GP) 1:00.26. 100 Breast: Kelly Fertel (GP) 1:04.84 400 Free: Gulliver Prep 3:39.35.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

▪ St. Brendan Preseason Classic — St. Brendan 8, Southwest 4: Jessica Botero 2 goals. Adri Diaz 2 goals. Kate Alvarez 2 goals. Kate Lopez goal. Merci Cordovi goal.

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