Miami Norland, 0-3 overall, in District 16-6A defeated Homestead High, 2-0 overall, 19-17 at an electric Harris Field tonight. There were dueling bands, flag waving principals, staff pumping drum majors and hilarious public address announcers which colored the events of the competitive game. Both teams were playing their first district game and Homestead started the game off with a kickoff return for a touchdown by Ermon Lane, #23 ranked player in the ESPN 300 and University of Florida commit. Homestead went up 10-0 until the Norland offense began to pound the Bronco defense and gain yardage in the running game with a revolving door of running backs. Led by Cedric Miller, the Vikings offense scored towards the end of the first half to close to 10-7 and got the ball to start the second half. The Vikings controlled the ball for most of the third quarter with the only Homestead drive ending in an 80 yard scoop catch and dash for a score by #4 of the Broncos. The only problem and what proved to be the deciding factor in the game was that the score didn't give the Homestead defense enough rest and the Vikings scored on the following drive to cut the score to 17-13.
After a three and out by Norland, the Bronco offense took over at 9:43 left in the game and looked close to running out the clock to win but didn't convert on third down with 3:50 left to give Norland the ball back at their 25 yard line. The Homestead defense couldn't stop Norland's rushing attack and they scored with :55 seconds remaining in the game. The extra point was blocked to make the score 19-17. A squib kick or attempted onside by Norland on the ensuing kickoff gave Homestead the ball at their own 45 to start. Only 15 yards would have probably been enough for Homestead's kicker who was kicking the ball with distance and force the entire night on extra points and kickoffs. The Norland defense came up big with a sack and deflected pass to bring up fourth down. Homestead's quarterback threw for a first down on third and 15 but he passed the line of scrimmage and nullified the first down by penalty. On fourth down, the pass was incomplete and Norland knelt on the ball to clinch the important district victory.