Northeast used the long pass, short pass, lateral and about everything else to move to the state flag football tournament this weekend.
The Vikings (14-0) downed Dixie Hollins 18-6 to earn the bid to the state tournament, which will be held Friday and Saturday in Boca Raton. "They've worked hard all season and they are very determined," Northeast coach Dan Dotter said. "I think our chances of winning it all are pretty good."
While the Northeast defense stifled Dixie Hollins (7-5), the offense got rolling early. The Vikings held off a Dixie Hollins drive at the goal line and quarterback Faye Williams tossed a long touchdown to Rachel Hibbard to put the Vikings ahead 6-0.
On the next Dixie Hollins drive, Kim Clark picked off her first of two interceptions to set up another Northeast score, this one on a long strike from Williams to Amy Coleman. Dixie Hollins scored late in the fourth when Brandy Washington ran in from the goal line after an interception by Casey Baker.
ORLANDO DR. PHILLIPS 52, EAST LAKE 6: East Lake ended its season in Orlando with a first-round playoff loss. The Eagles got their only score on their first possession of the third quarter. Down 33-0, sophomore quarterback Nina Brojan pitched to Tiffany Phanhdone who out sprinted Dr. Phillips' defense for a 50-yard TD.
"That was our highlight of the game," coach Scott McLain said. "We came up against an incredibly talented football team."
The Eagles never were quite able to execute as cleanly as Dr. Phillips. Despite the apparent mismatch in ability, McLain said his team played hard. "We continued to fight back and never gave up," McLain said. "They never quit."
- LAURA LEE