Coral Reef responded to the firing of former coach Chevas Clements earlier in the week with a win over Hialeah at Harris Field.
The Barracudas (6-4, 2-2 District 16-8A) forced a running clock on the Thoroughbreds (6-4, 4-1 District 13-8A), who will be in the playoffs next week.
“They played it for Coach [Clements],” said interim coach Billy Rolle, who was most recently Northwestern’s head coach. “It takes a special group to get it together like that after the situation with the coach.’’
Duke-bound Coral Reef quarterback Nico Pierre threw for two scores and ran for another. He finished with 64 yards on 5-of-11 passing, two interceptions and 30 rushing yards.
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Jordan Edwards ran for 103 yards on 13 carries and Marcus Leslie punched in two more scores on the ground.
This is not the way Hialeah (6-4, 4-1 District 13-8A) wanted to head into the playoffs. The Thoroughbreds now prepare for a regional quarterfinal matchup with Coral Gables.