By Gary Andrews
The Southwood Knight football team had to be the favorite Friday as they traveled to North Miami for a TRC conference game, but the improving Warriors on homecoming night were not going to just roll over. After giving the Knights all they wanted for a half, both sides of the Knight attack took control in the second half for a 34-21 win.
The Knights would get the ball first to start the game and two plays in fumbled with North Miami recovering. The Warriors would immediately take advantage of the turn over and marched 42 yards for a touchdown and led 7-0 with 7:15 to go. Matt Cox would give Southwood good field position on the kick off return, but two consecutive holding calls had the Knights going the wrong way. After righting the ship and gaining two first downs the second fumble of the quarter came with the Warriors recovering. The defense would bail the offense out when Noah Kirk picked off a North Miami pass and taking it to the 6-yard line. Again, for the third time in the quarter, the Knights would give the ball up when North Miami picked off a Robbie Cole pass in the end zone. The Knight defense held again and they had one more shot before the quarter ended. The Knights moved the ball to the Warrior 32 when Nathan Hollars broke loose to the end zone to knot the score at 7 with 14.7 on the clock.
The second quarter was the Knight's defense turn to take the ball away. On North Miami's first drive Danny Goff picked off a pass, but the Southwood offense couldn't take advantage. A beautiful Robbie Cole punt was headed for the end zone when Matt Cox went air born to tip the ball out to the 3. On North Miami's second play, Nathan Hollars picked off a pass and the Knights were in business on the 12. Three plays later Jon Berlier would score with 5:31 left to give Southwood a 14-7 lead. North Miami would respond with a 41-yard touchdown run with 2:27 remaining and the two teams went to the locker room tied at 13.
The third quarter was all Southwood. Nathan Hollars set up the first score when he took a North Miami punt back to the 12 with 6:00 to go. At 5:35 Robbie Cole found Jacob Lloyd from 11 yards out and with a Zach Hobson kick led 20-13. The defense forced a punt for the third time and the Knight offense would go again. On second down on their own 13, Nathan Hollars would get loose again, zig zagging his way to the Warrior 10. With 2:03 on the clock Cole would strike again, this time with Noah Kirk and the Knights led 27-13 after three.
North Miami would make things interesting early in the fourth quarter. The Warriors would take their first possession and march down the field 51 yards to pay dirt with 7:38 remaining. The Warriors converted a two-point conversion and closed the gap to 27-21. On Southwood's first play North Miami picked off Cole again and the defense needed to tighten their belts. The defense answered, forcing a punt and after a North Miami personal foul the Knights had the ball on the Warrior 34. One play later Nathan Hollars stood in the end zone as Southwood led 34-21, which was the final score.
Robbie Cole was 6 of 14 for 55 yards, 2TD's. Nathan Hollars rushed 22 times for 220 yards, 2TD's. Jon Berlier rushed for 16 yards on 5 carries, 1TD. Noah Kirk caught 2 passes for 17 yards, 1TD. Jacob Lloyd caught 2 passes for 23 yards, 1TD. Danny Goff and Jackson Blair each had a catch.
The Knights had 59 tackles led by Ryan Barton's 11. Tristyn Howell had 9, Jon Berlier 8, Jake Smith 5.