No. 17 Northwestern beats No. 21 Miami Central Top 100 opener for both South Florida teams

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Even though both teams were starting their 2020 high school football seasons two months late, it didn’t diminish the importance of Friday’s game between South Florida nation powers Northwestern and Miami Central. Both teams were ranked highly in the High School Football America 100 national rankings (Northwestern No. 17, Miami Central No. 21) and both were beginning defense of their 2019 state titles — Miami Central (2019 6A champs) and Northwestern (2019 5A champs).

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Northwestern jumped-out to an early 14-0 lead. Miami (Florida)-recruit Romello Brinson’s 77-yard catch-and-run gave the Bulls a 7-0 lead on just their third offensive play.

Nebraska-recruit Patrick Payton’s scoop-and-score gave the Bulls a two touchdown lead with less than four minutes gone in the game.

Central didn’t go away, scoring twice to tie the game at 14-14 at the half.

Siddiq Jackson’s 46-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave the Bulls the winning margin. However, twice at the end of the game, Northwestern had to come-up with defensive stops deep in Bull territory to preserve the victory.

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Northwestern’s defense was outstanding throughout the game, coming up with ten sacks, five in the fourth.

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.