A late surge pushed Miami Beach past Ferguson at Memorial Field.
Heading into the fourth quarter trailing 10-7 to the Falcons, Miami Beach senior running back Jabbar Miles broke free and ran for a 90-yard touchdown to put the Hi-Tides back in the lead. Minutes later, an interception by Miami Beach’s Kama Jackson Jr. set up a second rushing touchdown by running back Markel Anderson to put the game out of the Falcons’ reach.
“The defense was able to bunker down and our offense eventually came along,” Miami Beach coach Aaron Harris said. “Our guys were resilient and we had a few guys really step up tonight.
After falling behind by a touchdown in the first quarter, the Falcons running game came to life as quarterback Eric Porras engineered two scoring drives to put Ferguson ahead 10-7 at the half. But after Porras went down late in the third quarter with a leg injury, he did not return and the Falcons offense was unable to respond to the Hi-Tides’ two fourth-quarter scores.
The Hi-Tides still found a way to win the game with 228 yards of total offense compared with Ferguson’s 284 yards.