When Miami Central roared out to a 20-0 lead in the first half, NOBODY could have predicted the finish some two hours later,
If they were writing a Hollywood ending to this 2023 season, it was certainly enhanced when the Vikings came back and remained unbeaten with a 29-26 overtime victory against a Rocket team that has dominated the landscape of football in the state of Florida.
While the four-time defending state champions walked out of Traz Powell Stadium on Friday with a rare loss, you can almost guarantee that it only sets up a third-round state playoff game between these two impressive programs.
While head coach Daryle Heidelburg and his 7-0 Vikings could have folded up after the three-score deficit, but like the previous week against Miami Booker T. Washington, they found a way, and that way came via sophomore kicker Noah Sidan, who had problems converting extra points all night, booted the game winner.
Keep in mind, the Rockets have lost three games this season by a total of 10 points to the national No. 1 team Bishop Gorman, the No. 4 rated Chaminade-Madonna Lions and a Norland team that has been impressive. Between the three programs they are 20-0, so DO NOT COUNT OUT head coach Jube Joseph and his football team.
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In addition to that thrilling game, there were other matchups that produced district championship performances – such as Coconut Creek’s 42-28 win over West Boca Raton, Davie Western wrapping up their district with a 56-0 win against Weston Cypress Bay, Hialeah bringing home a district crown with a 25-7 victory against North Miami, Homestead’s revenge win against Miami Southridge, 45-14.
Miami Booker T. Washington, who can win the district title tonight when they play Edison, moved one step closer, handing Miami Northwestern a 28-20 loss.
In a battle of unbeatens, Fort Lauderdale NSU University School took care of Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy, 42-7.
In addition, there were some more outstanding Week 8 games:
Cooper City 21, Pembroke Pines Somerset Academy 13
Coral Gables 38, Miami Beach 0
Coral Springs 36, Boca Raton Olympic Heights 24
Coral Springs Coral Glades 17, Coral Springs Taravella 8
Doral Ronald Reagan 34, North Miami Mourning 28
Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian 44, Coconut Creek North Broward Prep 21
Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons 63, Hallandale 6
Fort Lauderdale Dillard 28, Plantation 26
Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas 42, Fort Lauderdale 0
Hialeah Gardens 34, Miami Coral Park 0
Miami Braddock 35, Miami Varela 28
Miami Christopher Columbus 44, Doral Academy 7
Miami Coral Reef 26, Miami Sunset 0
Miami Killian 33, South Miami 6
Miami Palmetto 42, Homestead South Dade 34
Miami Dr. Krop 44, Hollywood Hills 6
Miami Ferguson 28, Southwest Miami 21
Miami St. Brendan 34, Westland Hialeah 6
Miami Westminster Christian 45, Miami Palmer Trinity 20
Miramar 27, Hialeah American 8
Miramar Everglades 29, Pines Charter 2
Naples Gulf Coast 21, Pembroke Pines West Broward 19
North Lauderdale Prep 38, Miami Country Day 7
Parkland Douglas 33, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson 0
Plantation American Heritage 63, Fort Lauderdale Stranahan 16
Pompano Beach Blanche Ely 36, Deerfield Beach 0
South Plantation 36, Pompano Beach 0
Starke Bradford County 24, Miami True North Classical 13
Sunrise Piper 40, Davie Nova 6
West Palm Beach Oxbridge 42, Deerfield Beach Somerset Key 12
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