Carol City scored 21 second-half points to top Norland Friday night at Traz Powell Stadium in the Region 4-6A quarterfinals.
“We got the job done, it was a team win and we are looking forward to next week,” quarterback Daniel Richardson said.
Carol City (9-2) scored on its opening drive when Richardson connected with D’Andre Stafford for a 36-yard touchdown. Norland responded with a drive deep into Chiefs territory but was stopped at the 1-yard line on a fourth-down run. Richardson found Stafford for a second touchdown pass late in the second quarter.
The Vikings (4-7) held their own in the first half and forced three punts. Norland also had a touchdown called back due to a holding penalty in the second quarter. Carol City led 13-0 at halftime.
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“It’s the playoffs, everyone comes in and plays harder than they normally do, every team will compete,” said coach Benedict Hyppolite.
Nay’Quan Wright scored the first touchdown of the second half on a 24-yard run. Jamaal Poitier scored a defensive touchdown for Carol City when he recovered a fumble in the end zone in the third quarter. Richardson connected with Thaiu Jones-Bell on a 72-yard pass for the fifth Chiefs score.
Stafford caught four passes for 73 yards and two touchdowns. Wright finished with 58 rushing yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Katravis Geter rushed for 79 yards on 10 carries. Deon Jones led Norland with 92 passing yards.
Richardson completed 7 of 15 passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns. He has now passed for 9,328 yards during his high school career. He’ll need to pass for 84 yards next week to top the all-time record held by Rakeem Cato.
Cato played for Miami Springs from 2007-09 and played for Central during his senior year in 2010. He passed for 9,411 yards during his high school career.
“The record would mean a lot, but it’s all about the team and the state title,” Richardson said.
In the region semifinal, Carol City will face rival Central (8-2) next week at Traz Powell. The Chiefs defeated Central 36-28 on October 26.