Dealing with the disappointment of being eliminated from the playoffs in a district tiebreaker less than 48 hours earlier and a coach who was freely substituting his backups for a good portion of the game, the Norland Vikings were ripe for an upset on Wednesday afternoon. And that’s exactly what happened.
In a game that was switched at the last minute to North Miami Stadium when the Milander Stadium lights were vandalized, the Hialeah-Miami Lakes Trojans took maximum advantage of their opportunity by pulling off a 3-2 upset in the season finale for both teams.
Struggling on offense all day, the Vikings, thanks to a 35-yard punt return by Steven McIntosh, were set up at the HML 32 with 4:10 left. But a 35-yard field-goal attempt by Kevon Oconner fell 2 yards short of the crossbar with 2:29 left.
“I can’t speak for [Norland], but this was big for us today,” said HML coach Horane Allison, whose team finished with a 5-5 record. “We’re working hard trying to build a program here, and we basically were in every single game this year so to do this today gives us a great springboard into the offseason and next season.”
Trailing 2-0 on a late-first-quarter safety when quarterback Issiah Small was tackled in the end zone, the Trojans’ three points came on the final play of the first half when kicker Yayo Quiles booted one from 39 yards that richocheted off the left upright and went through.
HIALEAH-MIAMI LAKES 3,
Nor - Safety, Small tackled in end zone
HML - Quiles 39 FG
Rushing (att-yds) -- NOR: Alexander 1-(-10), McIntosh 3-5, Satil 9-19, Scarlett 9-28, Robinson 11-92. HML: Evans 3-5, Walden 6-11, Small 13-21, Brown 10-34, Shannon 9-49.
Passing (comp-att-int, yds)-- NOR: McIntosh 0-1-0, 0, Robinson 4-10-1, 75. HML: Small 1-3-0, 17. Receiving (rec-yds-TD) -- NOR: Walker 1-6, James 1-15, McIntosh 2-54. HML: Walden 1-17.
Reagan 6, Miami High 1: Fabiana Alcala, Odette Sarue goal.
Coral Gables 8, South Miami 0: Jade Mallea 2 goals. Amy Perez goal, assist. CG 4-0.
Lourdes 8, Southwest 0: Taylor Cosio 3 goals, 2 assists. Lourdes 5-0.
Everglades 2, Hialeah 0: Michelle Montes Deoca goal. Jazmin Masten goal.
TERRA 8, Homestead 0: Cristina Bichara 4 goals, assist. Karina Bermudez 2 goals.
Hialeah Miami-Lakes 4, Northwestern 2: Aspen Arias, Jessy Marquez goal.
MAST 2, Westminster Christian 2: Sheridan Plummer (MAST) goal. Mariana Speckmaier goal.
Doral Academy 4, Miami Jackson 2: Chris Cervantes (DA) 2 goals. Lucca Barbaris goal.
Miami Beach 2, Coral Park 1: Jesse Aguero 1 goal, Angel Esteche 1 goal.
Palmer Trinity 1, SLAM 0: Miguel Gonzalez goal.
Pines Charter 3, South Broward 0: L.J. Lemmers, Jason Isaacs goal, assist.
American 4, Hollywood Hills 1: Diego Arcon goal, two assists.
Ferguson 3, MAST 0: Jose Nahuat 2 goals, 1 assist.
Everglades 6, Hialeah 1: Alex Alexis four goals, Jesus Alonzo goal, assist.
Reagan 8, Miami High 0: Max Borguez three goals, one assist.
Columbus 2, Southwest 1: Fernando Borge (COL) , David Gunter goal.
Western 4, Coconut Creek 0: Ethan Elalouf two goals. David Sanchez three assists.
Cardinal Gibbons 4, Plantation 3: Andres Gonzalez 2 goals, assist. Francisco Perdido goal, two assists.
American vs. Carol City ( Traz Powell Stadium), 7
Coral Reef vs. Hialeah (Traz), 3
Killian vs. Krop (North Miami), 7
Miami Springs vs. Ferguson (Tropical), 7
South Miami vs. Varela (Southridge), 7
Edison vs. Mater Lakes (Mater Lakes), 2
Norland vs. Hialeah (HIA), 2
Homestead vs. Mater Academy Charter (Mater Academy Charter), 3:30
Coral Reef vs. Southridge (SR), 3:30
Ferguson vs. Miami Palmetto (PALM), 3:30
Belen Jesuit vs. Miami Springs (MSP), 3:30
Monsignor Pace vs. Dade Christian (DCS), 3:30
TERRA vs. Miami Central (CEN), 3:30
Varela vs. Sunset (SUN), 3:30
Doral Academy vs. Gulliver Prep (GP), 3:30
Killian vs. South Dade (SD), 3:30
Goleman vs. Westland Hialeah (Westland Hialeah), 3:30
Divine Savior vs. Hillel, 4
Westwood Christian vs. Miami Community Charter (Miami Community Charter), 4
Archbishop Carroll vs. St. Brendan, 4
Somerset Charter (Homestead) vs. Colonial Christian (Colonial Christian), 4
University School vs. Hialeah Educational Academy (Hialeah Educational Academy), 4
Pinecrest Prep vs. Ransom Everglades (Ransom Everglades), 7
SLAM Charter vs. Mater Academy Charter (Mater Academy Charter), 3:30
Miami Beach vs. Coral Park (CP), 3:30
Goleman vs. Hialeah Gardens (Hialeah Gardens), 3:30
Sagemont vs. Palmer Trinity (PT), 4
Edison vs. Mater Lakes (Mater Lakes), 4
Monsignor Pace vs. Hebrew Academy (Hebrew Academy), 5