- Faith & Family
Traz Powell Stadium was the place to be last Friday night where an estimated 8,000 fans watched Head Coach Telly Lockette’s Central Rockets put the clamps on the Northwestern Bulls for a 37-18 win. The victory knocked the Bulls out of playoff contention for the first time since 1991 and sets up a District 16-6A championship showdown between Central and Belen Jesuit next week.
It was the fourth consecutive win for Central (7-0, 3-0) over its cross town rival. And while the Rockets have had Northwestern’s (5-3, 1-2) number in recent years, Bulls fans had hoped that their team would be able to continue its long streak of playoff appearances. Central, however, had other plans. The Bulls defense showed up and stopped their opponent at key junctures throughout the game, ending any efforts by Northwestern to build momentum. An interception by Errol Clark when the Rockets were down a point 18-17 led to a touchdown pass from Austin Stock to Devontae Phillips and a 24-18 lead. Clark, who was named defensive Most Valuable Player, forced a fumble later in the second half and spearheaded a determined defense that refused to allow Central another score.
Central Quarterback Joseph Yearby finished the game with 126 yards on 16 carries, scored twice and was selected as the game’s Offensive MVP. Coach Billy Rolle and his team will have to wait until next year before they can remount their efforts for a state title. Sports enthusiasts may recall that Northwestern has dominated its opponents for almost 20 years with four state titles (1995, 1998, 2006, 2007) in six appearances.
Scores from across the County
Booker T. Washington defeated Gulliver Prep, 49-14.
The Tornadoes, 6-1, established the lead early in the game and never looked back.
Miami Edison stopped LaSalle, 41-19.
The victory kept the Red Raiders’ playoff hopes alive for one more week but willneed a loss by Gulliver in order to avoid elimination.
Homestead beat Carol City, 25-23.
The game remained close with the lead seesawing until the end. Despite an
impressive 82-yard kickoff return by Carol City’s Ermon Lane, a failed two-pointconversion would be the difference between a tie and a loss.
Jackson stopped Killian, 24-10.
Norland (8-0) had a bye week.
By D. Kevin McNeir