Carol City outscored host Southridge 35-0 in the first half to pull away early in a 50-0 rout on Friday night to improve to 6-0 on the season. The Chiefs entered the game ranked 20th in the nation and fourth in Florida by MaxPreps.
The scoring came in droves early.
Nay’Quan Wright scored the first touchdown on a 32-yard run. Quarterback Daniel Richardson connected with Thaiu Jones-Bell on a 35-yard pass for the second Chiefs’ score. Wright scored his second touchdown on a 4-yard run to give Carol City (6-0, 2-0) a 21-0 lead going into the second quarter.
“I take my hat off to the offensive line,” Wright said. “Those guys opened up lanes for me and I hit it.”
Carol City’s offense operated in a hurry-up no-huddle. The Chiefs had five offensive possessions in the first quarter alone.
Richardson connected with Amari Johnson for a 30-yard touchdown in the second. Katravis Geter added the final first half touchdown on a one-yard run.
Carol City closed scoring with two more touchdowns in the second half. Richardson found Marc Britt in the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown pass, with Tywan Cash running in a two-point conversion. Late in the fourth quarter, back-up quarterback Lorenzo Floyd hit Johnson on a slant which he turned up-field for an 82-yard touchdown.
Wright finished with 117 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. Johnson caught four passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns. Antwan Anderson led the Spartans (5-2, 2-0) with 63 passing yards and 46 rushing yards.
“We played with a lot of passion,” Carol City coach Benedict Hyppolite said. “We need to improve on some fundamentals, blocking, tackling and just taking care of the ball.”
Richardson completed 12 of 21 passes for 174 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed three times for 30 yards. The Carol City defense blocked a punt and had interceptions by Keane Lewis and Travis McNichols.
“Daniel played very well, he had a couple of mistakes, but no turnovers,” Dwayne Richardson, father of Daniel Richardson, said.
“He came into the year needing about 2,700 passing yards to break the all-time Miami-Dade County passing record. Right now he has about a little over 1,300, so he’s on track. I am extremely proud of him.”
Carol City will face rival Northwestern (3-3, 1-0) next week in a rematch of the 2017 6A region final. Northwestern won that game and went on to win the state championship.
“We had a great game, dominated and played as a team,” Richardson said. “Now we’ll get ready for our rival, Miami Northwestern. One game at a time.”