By ISHEKA N. HARRISON
South Florida Times
After six years of Miami Central Senior High dominating South Florida football, two high schools that battled it out year after year in the 1990’s have re- emerged as gridiron giants.
Miami Northwestern Senior High School and Miami Carol City Senior High School will face off for the second time this year to determine who will advance in the play-offs, Friday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Traz Powell Stadium.
Both teams defeated the Central Rockets in the regular season to return to their former glory. The Northwestern Bulls have a record of 9-1 and the Carol City Chiefs have a record of 7-3, including regular and play- off games.
During the regular season game the Chiefs were upset by the Bulls’ last minute victory. The renewed rivalry is making a big splash in the South Florida community, with tons of pride coming from both sides.
Jorge McKenzie posted on Facebook, “Carol City gets a chance at redemption and will show them Bulls why they going to state!”
Northwestern’s defensive back coach is Torrie Cox, an alum who was a star player for Northwestern in 1998 when they completed a perfect season. He is also a former NFL player who spent his entire career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He said the renewed success on the field is encouraging.
“It’s really good for the kids, the community and the school. It’s been a while. Everybody’s excited and the kids are starting to understand what it’s like to have the community behind you; what it’s like to wear that blue and gold. It been fun and exciting,” Cox said.
According to both sides, it will be a battle to the finish. Whoever prevails in Friday’s game will go on to the next round of the play-offs in their quest for a state championship.