North­west­ern takes Soul Bowl

Miami Herald (Sunday) - - Sports - BY DAVID WIL­SON db­wil­son@mi­ami­her­ald.com — BILL DA­LEY — DAVE BROUSSEAU

The North­west­ern Bulls got off to a slow start against the Jack­son Gen­er­als be­fore even­tu­ally pulling away for a 34-10 win — their fourth in a row in the Soul Bowl — at Traz Pow­ell Sta­dium.

“Th­ese kids know each other. They grew up with each other, so it’s go­ing to start of sloppy on both ends,” Bulls coach Max Ed­wards said.

North­west­ern (5-5) needed only three of­fen­sive plays to quickly turn a three-point deficit early in the sec­ond quar­ter into a lop­sided win.

A long punt re­turn by Kam­ren Kinchens set up North­west­ern’s first score. Af­ter a face­mask at the end of the re­turn, the Bulls be­gan at Jack­son’s 17-yard line and handed the ball to Jac­quez Stu­art. The Toledo com­mit darted to his right, found a hole and gave North­west­ern a 7-3 lead.

An­other good punt re­turn gave the Bulls the ball at the Gen­er­als’ 25. It was Isa­iah Velez’s turn. The quar­ter­back made a tough throw un­der pres­sure to run­ning back Nathan Noel along the left side­line for a 25-yard touch­down pass.

A Ron­ald De­lancy in­ter­cep­tion re­turn to the goal line set up a 2-yard rush­ing touch­down by Ja­cob Bap­tiste. Kinchens ended the bar­rage with a 37-yard punt re­turn for a touch­down.

In just 4:22, a 3-0 deficit be­came a 27-3 lead.

The Bulls de­fense han­dled the rest. North­west­ern fin­ished with 17 tack­les for a loss and nine sacks. Mi­ami Hur­ri­canes com­mit Sa­muel Brooks alone logged five tack­les for a loss and three sacks in the win. The Gen­er­als (5-5) fin­ished the game with neg­a­tive yardage.

Be­len Je­suit 32, Pace A

7: It was sup­posed to be a spe­cial night Fri­day for out­go­ing Mon­signor Pace coach Joe Zac­cheo. And it was sup­posed to be a spe­cial night for the Pace Spar­tan se­niors as it was Se­nior Night.

Be­len Je­suit could not have cared less, jump­ing out to a 17-0 half­time lead and never gave Pace so much as a small open­ing of get­ting back into the game as the Wolver­ines beat the Spar­tans.

The only touch­down by Pace came with less than two min­utes left when Leroy Wil­son re­turned a kick­off 75 yards for a score. Be­len held Pace to 146 yards of to­tal of­fense.

“I’ve been part of this ri­valry for years, and we al­ways ex­pect a tough, close bat­tle, so any­time you can do what we did tonight to a great tra­di­tion pro­gram like Pace on their field and a coach like Joe Zac­cheo, that’s a real credit to our kids,” Be­len coach Eddie Del­gado said. “We still have a re­ally young team, only three start­ing se­niors, so I’m re­ally proud of the ef­fort out there tonight.”

The win was the sixth in a row for the Wolver­ines (8-2), who wrapped their district up with a win over South­west last week.

Be­len ju­nior run­ning back Don Chaney scored a pair of rush­ing touch­downs, and the de­fense forced four turnovers. Ni­cholas Gon­za­lez turned both of his turnovers into touch­downs, first with fum­ble re­cov­ery in the end zone and then with a 42yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn.

Car­di­nal Gib­bons 21, A

McArthur 0: Gib­bons ex­tended its wn streak to eight con­sec­u­tive games fol­low­ing a 21-0 vic­tory at McArthur High on Fri­day. The game was called with 6:13 left in the fourth quar­ter be­cause of in­clement weather.

Se­nior run­ning back Vin­cent Davis rushed for 90 yards on 17 car­ries and a pair of touch­downs, in­clud­ing a 4-yard score mid­way through the fi­nal quar­ter to clinch the game for the Chiefs (8-2).

James Dono­van re­turned a blocked punt 12 yards for Gib­bons’ sec­ond touch­down just 23 sec­onds into the sec­ond half for a 14-0 lead.

One play prior to the blocked punt, McArthur quar­ter­back T.J. Smith just missed on a 79-yard touch­down pass to Jer­maine Hart.

Palmer Trin­ity 29,

A

West­min­is­ter Chris­tian 7: Palmer Trin­ity won its fourth con­sec­u­tive FIFC cham­pi­onship and im­proved to 9-2. Bran­don Yanes fin­ished with 200 yards on 22 car­ries. Kyon White-Royal led the de­fense with 12 tack­les. Sopho­more Jose Corbo had a 70 yard punt re­turn and a re­ceiv­ing touch­down. Nico Casares was 12 for 15 with 135 yards and one touch­down.

PE­DRO POR­TAL ppor­tal@mi­ami­her­ald.com

Be­len’s Don Chaney Jr., who scored two rush­ing touch­downs, gets tack­led by Pace’s Thomas Wil­lis dur­ing the first quar­ter of the Be­len’s 32-7 vic­tory on Fri­day night.

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