MIAMI (CBSMiami/Herald) — Carol City continued its recent win streak Friday night at Traz Powell Stadium since dropping its season opener to Booker T. Washington.
Senior quarterback Akeem Jones connected with senior receiver Gregory Conde for the go-ahead 29-yard touchdown with 11:14 remaining as the Chiefs beat Belen Jesuit 22-17.
Junior Trayon Gray returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown after Belen junior Jorge Powell’s 26-yard field goal to give Carol City its first lead at 14-10. The Wolverines (2-4, 0-2) came back on junior quarterback Jorge Pola’s 30-yard pass to senior Ryan Murphy with just under a minute left in the third quarter.
Belen Jesuit broke a scoreless tie in the second thanks to an 11-play, 80-yard drive that culminated on junior running back Daniel Neptune’s 3-yard score. The Wolverines passed the ball just once — and four times overall — for the game.
Carol City (5-1, 2-0) finally got on the scoreboard with 36.1 seconds left in the half when Jones found Conde for 9 yards through the air, ending an 82-yard drive on just five plays. But it was unable to execute the two-point conversion and the score was 7-6.
“We couldn’t find out rhythm in the first half, and we knew they were a ball-control-type team,” said coach Harold Barnwell, whose team came into Friday tied with Homestead for first in District 16-6A. “We haven’t been [to the playoffs] in a couple of years and that’s one thing we want to get back into. We know that once you get into the playoffs anything can happen.”
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