There was a major explosion at Southwood Friday night in the first half and it was called the Knight offense. Southwood erupted for 35 first half points to lead 35-7 then held on for dear life to defeat North Miami 42-27.
The Knight defense set the tone right off the bat, holding North Miami on their first possession to set the offense up for their first strike. With 8:09 on the clock Robbie Cole found Andrew Finicle from 19 yards out to give Southwood a 7-0 lead. Two and a half minutes later Cole connected with Danny Goff for a 40 yard scoring strike as the Knights led 14-0 with North Miami driving when the quarter ended.
North Miami would score on the first play of the second quarter, but that would be the end of the Warrior scoring in the first half as the Knight defense shut them down while the offense went off. Cole would throw his third touchdown of the game when he found John Berlier open with Berlier racing 71 yards for a score and a 21-7 Southwood lead. The Knights would then surprise everyone with an onside kick that was recovered by Austin Schlemmer. Cole wasted no time, connecting with Goff for a second time for a score, this time from 30 yards out to lead 28-7. With the air attack clicking on all cylinders the Knights would get their next score on a Nathan Hollars run and open a 35-7 lead with 8:00 left in the half. North Miami would get the final score of the half with 4:06 left on a 35 yard run as the Knights took a 35-14 lead to the locker room.
With the Knights being red hot in the first half, the fuse burned out in the third quarter. Midway through the quarter Southwood would drive to the North Miami 5 yard line looking to increase their lead before giving up the ball on downs. North Miami would take advantage, scoring on an 88 yard run with 4:52 left to cut the Knight lead to 35-21. On Southwood’s next possession the Warriors would pick off Robbie Cole on the Knight 20, scoring again with .57 remaining in the quarter to make it 35-27 after three.
The fourth quarter was one that couldn’t go fast enough for Knight fans. With 6:44 left in the game the Southwood defense rose to the occasion one more time, stopping the Warriors on downs at the 49. The Knights were driving when Cole took a shot to the end zone that was picked off, giving North Miami the ball on the 20. As big as the defense had played the entire game, the play of the game came with 1:11 on the clock when Austin Schlemmer picked off a Warrior pass, running it back 44 yards for a score that sealed the 42-27 win.
Robbie Cole was 11 of 21 for 249yds, 4TD. Nathan Hollars rushed 17 times for 94yds, 1TD. Robbie Cole added 12 for 37yds, Jon Berlier 3 for 15yds, Noah Kirk 1 for 5yds. Danny Goff had 5 receptions for 119yds, 2TD. Andrew Finicle added 3 for 38yds, 1TD, Jon Berlier 2 for 78yds, 1TD, Nathan Hollars 1 for 14yds.
Nick Rebholz led the defense with 17 tackles. Johnny Jones, Luke Perlich and Tristyn Howell added 10 tackles each. Austin Schlemmer had an interception for a TD.