North Miami junior quarterback Hilton Joseph threw six touchdown passes — each to a different receiver — in the Pioneers’ victory over Krop at FIU North.
“I was trying to get each of them a touchdown [Thursday],” Joseph said of his receiving corps after completing 24 of 33 passes for 286 yards. “I guess I accomplished that.”
North Miami ran 23 plays and maintained possession for nearly nine minutes in the first quarter in taking a two-touchdown lead that it never surrendered. Krop had the ball for seven plays and 2:30 in the opening quarter. The playoff-bound Pioneers (8-1, 5-0 District 13-8A) held the Lightning (1-8, 1-4) to 51 yards in the first half.
“We’re not really a passing offense. We’re balanced,” Joseph said. “We came in here prepared just as if they were any other team. We watch film like if it was the state championship game.”
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Pioneers receiver Henry Payoute had five receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown, and Victor Sam caught four passes for 87 yards and a touchdown.
Krop’s Colorest Vandiver ran for 54 yards on 10 carries.
“We’re going to be just as prepared as we were [Thursday] for [the next] game,” said Joseph, who threw for 228 yards in the first half. “We come in every week the same way.”