No. 24 Northwestern uses strong defense to beat No. 71 Palmetto in Miami battle of Top 100 teams

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Both Northwestern and Palmetto had long waits to start their regular season due to the coronavirus. Heading into Thursday night’s showdown in Miami, Northwestern had two games under its belt, while Palmetto only had one game.

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Northwestern, ranked No. 24 in the High School Football America 100 national high school football rankings, used a strong defense to top the No. 71 ranked Panthers 17-7 at Traz Powell Stadium. The Bulls defense didn’t allow an offensive touchdown and forced three turnovers in the victory.

Palmetto got out to a 7-0 lead when Mike Jackson returned the opening kickoff nearly 100 yards.

Trailing 7-3 in the second quarter, Nebraska-recruit Patrick Payton came-up with a Pick-6 to give the Bulls the lead for good.

With Palmetto driving for a go-ahead touchdown in the second, the Bulls got another interception.

Zuberi Mobley scored the final touchdown of the game in the third quarter.

Palmetto now heads into the Class 8A playoffs next with with a 1-1 record. Three-time 5A champ Northwestern (2-1) will play Key West in its opening round game.

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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.