Miami Northwestern (FL) vs Southlake Carroll (TX)
MNW 29, SLC 21
A game surrounded by so much hype and media could never live up to the expectations, right? Just a few things you need to know about the Miami Northwestern (FL) vs Southlake Carroll (TX) first. Celebrities were found verywhere including such high profiles as Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin, Nate Newton, and Run (from MTV). The attendance was an overflow of 31,896 inside Ford Stadium on the SMU campus and it was broadcasted by the ESPN network. The national # 1 team vs the national # 2 team. Each team ranked # 1 in their respective states. Southlake Carroll was riding a 49 game winning streak coming into the game and has won the last three 5A Texas state titles while Miami Northwestern won the Florida 6A title last season. Carroll also had not lost a regular season game since November 9, 2001. Well, the game did live up to the hype!
The teams traded scoring punches evenly throughout the first half as the halftime score was knotted up at 21-21. Carroll got on the board first with a SR QB Riley Dodge TD pass to SR WR Chris Brainard. Northwestern struck right back with a hookup from SR QB Jacory Harris to SR WR Tommy Streeter that covered 32 yards. The Carroll defense later stripped the ball and SR LB Derek Tomlin scooped it up and took it to the endzone 33 yards later. The Bulls responded right back once again with another Harris to Streeter hookup, this time 19 yards. Jacory Harris threw another TD pass as well but it was matched when SR WR Blake Cantu caught a Dodge pass inside the 4 down the sideline and took it in for 6 points as well. SR RB Tre' Newton caught a pass out of the backfield and took it over 20 yards but fumbled inside the Northwestern 10 yard line just before the first half ended. The second half provided another Bulls TD and missed extra point that gave them a 27-21 lead. The last 2 points of the game which gave the final score of 29-21 was because of a bad snap that sailed over the Carroll punter and e ran back and kicked the ball out of the endzone to give the Bulls the safety. The Dragons had multiple chances to put more points on the board, but they were just not meant to be. A FG attempt by SOPH K Cade Foster which hit the post and fell short, a Dodge injury that led to backup JR QB Kyle Padron leading a series in which he was picked off in the endzone, and a dropped TD pass in the last few minutes that was knocked out by a Northwestern DB are just a few of the chances that slipped out of reach for SLC.
Northwestern SR WR Tommy Streeter played like he was in a video game as he had 4 receptions for 140 yards and 3 TD. SR QB Jacory Harris was 21-28 with 282 yards and 4 TD. SLC SR QB Riley Dodge managed to go 22-29 with 3 TD passes but had 2 INT.
Video interview with SR DT Marcus Forston
Video interview with SR WR Tommy Streeter
Video interview with SR QB Jacory Harris