King, Stephenson fall in Battle of the Borders

Kion Holder intercepted Jordan Douglas pass and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown to help give Norland of Miami Gardens, Fla., a 30-0 victory over M.L. King in the Battle of the Borders at Hallford Stadium on Saturday.

Douglas threw four interceptions, three in the first half. The Lions had just 34 first-half yards.

Carlton Davis intercepted Douglas to set up Rodrick Robinson’s 26-yard touchdown run in the first half.

Minutes later, Robinson hauled in an interception and drove the Vikings into the red zone, but fumbled inside the 1-yard line. M.L. King recovered and escaped with just a 14-0 halftime deficit.

On the final play of the third quarter, Robinson extended Norland’s lead to 21-0 with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Steven McIntosh before an hour-long lightning delay halted play.

That delay also affected both late games. The Vikings extended the lead to 23-0 with a fourth-quarter safety.

Marist 17, Godby (Fla.) 14: Joey Goegel’s 19-yard field goal with 8 seconds left lifted Marist past Godby (Tallahassee) in the opening game of the Battle of the Borders.

Quarterback Sam Phelps scored on a 1-yard run to give Marist a 7-0 lead before Godby quarterback Darius Bradwell answered with a 6-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to tie it at 7. The Jaguars jumped offsides on a 30-yard Marist field-goal attempt before the half and Spencer Taylor capitalized on a 6-yard touchdown run.

Bradwell again answered in the third quarter to make it 14-all.

Marist’s Chris Martel ran for 31 yards to convert and third-and-11 and set up Goegel’s game-winning kick.

Marist survived three turnovers in the third quarter.

Miami Central (Fla.) 21, Stephenson 20: After a scoreless opening quarter, Stephenson’s Dewann Ford scored on an 18-yard quarterback keeper to give the Jaguars a 6-0 lead in the third game of the Battle of the Borders.

Stephenson failed the 2-point conversion and the Rockets used a 7-yard Malik Allen rushing score to take a 7-6 lead with 53 seconds left in the first half. Stephenson (seven) and Central (five) combined for just 12 passing yards in the first half.

Central opened the second half with a 79-yard touchdown drive capped off by Jerrod Thomas’ sneak. Stephenson answered with a Dexter Neal touchdown reception with 17 second left in the third quarter but the Jaguars failed another 2-point conversion and trailed 14-12.

The Rockets made it a 21-12 lead with five minutes to play on a 1-yard Allen touchdown run. Stephenson cut it to 20-21 with 42 seconds left with an Ivonte Patterson touchdown run and Dexter Neal 2-point conversion, but the Rockets recovered the ensuing kickoff and ran out the clock.

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