Central embarrasses Norland, 56-6
10/24/2013, 9 a.m.
As expected the Central Rockets (5-1, 2-0) easily defeated the District 16-6A newbie Norland Vikings. What was unexpected was the outright onslaught that ensued. The Vikings (2-5, 1-2) did not have a prayer against the Rockets, like most other teams. With a final 56-6 score, the Vikings allowed Central to earn its largest margin of victory this season.
“We were tremendous on both sides of the ball,” said Central Head Coach Roland Smith. “The kids have been focused.”
The Rockets, who have swept their district the last four years, are on the same path this season. They are in their third consecutive week of district competition and face Northwestern next Friday. With eight touchdowns against the Vikings, Central appears to be unstoppable and merciless. But one thing they are not, is comfortable.
“Northwestern is going to bring some pride,” Smith said. “You have to throw the records out the window.”
This win marks Central’s 18th consecutive district win since October of 2009.
However it was somewhat bittersweet. Central’s senior linebacker Jonathan Harris played in his final game as he was subject to the Florida High School Athletic Association “19-9” rule, where a player’s eligibility ends nine months after their 19th birthday. A tear-filled Harris addressed his teammates in the post-game huddle, where he encouraged them to enjoy their high school moments.
“You can’t change your past,” Harris said. “You can only make your future brighter.”
Smith said the remainder of the season would be an ode to Harris, who has interest from Appalachian State and University of South Florida.
“We have to finish the season strong for him,” Smith said. “You just never know when your last game will be.”