Miami-Dade High Schools

Northwestern-Norland game rescheduled because of lightning

Northwestern quarterback Chatarius Atwell, right, keeps the ball for yardage and the touchdown in the first half of the football game Northwestern versus Norland at Traz Powell Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014.
Northwestern quarterback Chatarius Atwell, right, keeps the ball for yardage and the touchdown in the first half of the football game Northwestern versus Norland at Traz Powell Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Northwestern and Norland couldn’t settle the outcome of their key district matchup Thursday night because of inclement weather.

The pivotal District 16-6A game at Traz Powell Stadium was suspended with 5:59 remaining in the third quarter and the teams tied at 10.

The game is scheduled to resume Monday at 6p.m. at Traz Powell.

Both Northwestern (4-0, 1-0) and Norland (2-1, 1-0) missed the playoffs last season and knew coming in the importance of what a victory would mean toward reaching the postseason this year.

The Bulls scored 10 points in the first quarter, aided by the running of freshman quarterback Chatarius Atwell and their special teams.

Leading 3-0, Khalid McGee surged through and blocked a Norland punt that was recovered by Xavier Bailey and returned to the Vikings’ 3-yard line. On the ensuing play, Atwell ran it in for a touchdown.

Norland finally got its running game going in the second quarter, collecting 83 yards in the half.

After a Kevon O’Connor field goal cut Northwestern’s lead to 10-3 before halftime, the Vikings tied the score with 9:01 left in the third quarter on a trick play.

Wide receiver Steven McIntosh took a lateral pass from quarterback Rodrick Robinson and then threw a perfect pass into the end zone to Terrell Scott for a 24-yard touchdown.

Lightning in the area halted play with Northwestern driving into Norland territory.

After a delay of more than an hour, officials from both schools chose to continue the game Monday.

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