Carol City used a fast start – fueled by a big rushing touchdown from their four-star running back Cam’Ron Davis – en route to a 21-0 victory over neighborhood rival, Miami Norland in the Miami Gardens’ Bowl at Traz Powell Stadium.
Davis, a University of Miami commit, took the ball around the left-hand side, appearing to be tackled on the sideline but keeping his balance and racing off to a 70-yard score. And after a safety on a holding call while Norland was backed into their own end zone, Carol City’s quarterback Marlon Smith hit Thaiu Jones-Bell for a finishing touch on a drive.
“I really felt good because we talked about it last week…we understood we wanted to focus on the fundamentals of the game. I thought we played [really] fast and very physical and mistake free. Guys were flying around and just having fun,” said Carol City head coach Benedict Hyppolite.
Norland did manage to keep the Chiefs out of the end zone for the entire second half. However, it was their offensive woes that were the story of the game. Having put up a great fight against Miami Central just three days prior, the Vikings appeared out of sync and out of gas on Monday night against the Chiefs and never threatened.
The reality of playing two tough district opponents within three days because of making up Monday’s game missed during Hurricane Irma and its aftermath hit home for Norland. They looked lethargic, lacking the urgency necessary when trying to unseat a reigning state champion.
It was over when: Sophomore Jones-Bell caught a touchdown reception in the corner of the end zone, midway through the second quarter.
Game’s Most Valuable Player: Cam’Ron Davis, 2018 RB
Quote of the night: “They thought we were dead after we lost to Deerfield.” -anonymous Carol City assistant coach to Football Hotbed after the game.