Nwesterns hopes of undefeated season squashed

mcneir | 9/27/2012, 5:30 a.m.

Carol City wins 20-14 for first time in seven years The Northwestern Bulls were upset by the Carol City Chiefs for the first time in seven years last Friday night, losing by a score of 20-14 in a district matchup. Northwestern, who went into the game undefeated this season, had not lost to Carol City since 2004, in the days of Walt Frazier and Roland Smith. Carol City (3-1) has struggled the past few seasons; last year the Chiefs finished at the bottom of their district with a 4-6-1 season. The year before, they were 3-8. Carol City, however, has shown new life with this win and a fourth quarter comeback against Jackson the previous week. Its different this year, said Harold Barnwell, head coach of the Chiefs. Were one step closer to the playoffs. This isnt the end of it. Senior QB Akeem Jones, who dominated the ball for Carol City, finished with 178 yards on 13-of-23 passing, including two touchdowns on a 60-yard pass and run and a 26-yard pass. I could not have done it without the other players, Jones said. The defense is the strength of our team. Both Barnwell and Stephen Field, head coach of Northwestern, recognized the historical rivalry, but were more focused on the importance of the game for this season. Field is determined to help the Bulls (3-1) bounce back after a 7-3 season that left them out of the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade. Were looking at adversity as a motivation, Fields said. But [Carol City] is a very well coached team. The Bulls were initially ahead 7-0 off of a 1-yard push by Joseph Jo-Jo Robinson and again 14-7 on an 11-yard scamper by Darius Tice, but it would not be enough. As a team Northwestern amassed 208 total yards, which was more than the Chiefs. And though both teams earned 90 penalty yards, the Bulls came at crucial junctures. Randy Jones, Bulls quarterback, also struggled throughout the game, with no completions in the first half. Carol City, elated with the victory, said they still have a job to do. This is our shot, Jones said. Im praying to God that its going to repeat itself with this one, Barnwell added. By Akilah Laster Miami Times writer