Saturday night was a tale of two teams on opposite ends of the football spectrum as Northwestern and Booker T. Washington played one another. Booker T won 21-9 but Northwestern put up a fantastic fight versus the No. 1 team in many High School polls around the nation. The mystique of Miami Northwestern was draped on one end of Traz Powell stadium--all over there were alumnus with shirts colored in Blue & Gold printed with their class year. The fans in the stands walked around at halftime giddy at the 7-3 score and the prospects of producing a monumental upset. Northwestern for many years has ruled the City of Miami's High School teams and was once the best team in the nation. Now, the current year's team features young players who are hungry but must learn. They are not far away either from competing for a District or State title. The proud fans of Booker T High School sat across the field colored in Black & Orange. The 2013 Tornadoes are ready to be the best team this year and they played like it in the second half.
Both bands put on a show that competed for popularity with the game itself--Northwestern's band performed brilliantly dazzling with dance moves, synchronized formations and body moving songs. As they left the field, the Booker T marching band silently played their first song and turned around towards the Northwestern fans. They dressed one of their own as a band member from Northwestern and in a parody, had him parade in front of the young Bulls band. Suddenly, the silent playing changed to a blaring, rhythmic challenge thrown down by the Tornado band. The Bulls walked off the field onto the track waiting for their turn and as Booker T finished, they brought the crowd to their feet responding to the Tornadoes. The young Bulls played the same way in the second half as they rushed Treon Harris and created pressure but the gifted quarterback turned and sped away time and again to complete a pass or evade a sack. At one point down 14-9, a botched snap sent Harris into the end zone with two Bulls defenders draped over him.
Harris flicked the pass 20 yards downfield out of bounds and saved what could've been a game changing play for the Bulls. The crowd booed the referees and the Northwestern coaches ran onto the field pleading for the referees to call a safety. On the next play, Tornado RB, Krondis Larry sped 20 yards downfield for a first down and the drive continued. It seemed all night as if the young Bulls team had Booker T in their sights to make a great play but the veteran Tornadoes found a way with their blurring speed to get out of danger to move the ball down the field. The young Bulls have improved greatly from their game in August against St. Thomas and find themselves at 3-3 in District 16-6A. They are 1-1 in the District and are chasing Miami Carol City for the runner-up spot to qualify for the playoffs. Booker T has 3 games remaining on their schedule before they begin their journey to win back to back State titles in Class 4A.