At 24-0 in at the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Nathaniel ‘Traz’ Powell Stadium stands were clearing out as Miami Northwestern had just scored for the fourth consecutive time without an answer by Miami Central. But on the next kick off, Central would launch a furious comeback getting to within six points and the Northwestern 10-yard line before falling short on an incompletion as time expired to lose 24-18 to the Bulls.
“That was God smiling on the Bulls because we were not supposed to win that game,” head Miami Northwestern football coach Max Edwards told Football Hotbed after the game.
And what an amazing game it was.
Northwestern raced out to a big lead behind the arm of , the senior quarterback Chatarius ‘Tutu’ Atwell, committed to Louisville, with his dual-threat ability moving pacing them along the way. A deep pass to Kiaryn ‘Chop’ Davis set up a Davonne ‘Bo’ Kendrick rushing touchdown that put the Bulls on the board 7-0.
Later in the same quarter, Atwell pitched to Divaad Wilson who hit Derek Davis for a wide open touchdown reception that put the Bulls ahead 14-0. After a field goal pushed the lead to three scores, the ensuing kick off squib kicked and bounced over the head of a Miami Central defender and was recovered by Northwestern. A few plays later, Atwell would dance in for a rushing touchdown putting the Bulls up 24-0.
But Central wasn’t dead. Early in the fourth quarter they raced back. They got to within six points and down to the Northwestern 10-yard line with seven seconds left to play and zipped the ball into the end zone to a receiver that was well covered and the ball fell incomplete and the game was over.
Northwestern hung on to win after taking a safety and incurring four consecutive penalties that basically walked the Rockets from half field to within 10 yards of a game tying score.
The Bulls play Carol City next week at Traz Powell Stadium as they beat Daytona Beach Mainland 17-10 on Friday night.