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6A FINAL: Sanford Seminole 28, Northwestern 21!

ORLANDO -It may have been just one play, but that play with :33 seconds left in the 6A state championship game, when Ray Ray Armstrong found senior receiver Andre Debose from 40 yards out, was enough for Sanford Seminole to upset the two-time defending state champion Northwestern Bulls, 28-21 at the Citrus Bowl.

The loss was only the second in three years for a Northwestern team that was favored to become the first large school in the state to win three consecutive state titles.

The Northwestern Bulls wasted little time getting on the board. On the very first play from scrimmage, sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater hot junior Michael Lee Harris with a 72-yard touchdown stirke and a 7-0 lead.

Northwestern moved out to a 13-0 lead with 5:53 left in the opening quarter when senior Wayne Times, running out of the quarterback position, kept it from the 1.

The Bulls closed out the first quarter scoring when Bridgewater hit the versatile Times with a 47-yard pass for a score. Bridgewater's two-point conversion made it 21-0.

Seminole got on the board with 11:04 left in the first half when Armstrong went 26 yards for the score.

The Seminoles cut the lead to 21-14 with 5:28 left in thr third quarter on a 6-yard run by Debose.

Seminole tied the game at 21-21 with :23 left in the third quarter on 1 yard run by Debose, and then the Seminoles took their final shot into the endzone and came up a winner.

Northwestern 21 0 0 0--21
Seminole 0 7 14 7--28
NW - Michael Lee Harris 72 pass from Teddy Bridgewater (Eli Rogers kick), 11:43 (1) 7-0
NW - Wayne Times 1 run (Kick blocked), 5:53 (1), 13-0
NW - Wayne Times 47 pass from Teddy Bridgewater (Bridgewater run), :31 (1), 21-0
S - Ray Ray Armstrong 26 run (Eric Farkas kick), 11:31 (2), 21-7
S - Andre Debose 6 run (Eric Farkas kick), 5:28 (3), 21-14
S - Andre Debose 1 run (Eric Farkas kick), :23 (3), 21-21
S - Andre Debose 40 pass from Ray Ray Armstrong (Eric Farkas kick), :33 (4), 28-21

LARRY BLUSTEIN
lblustein@miamiherald.com

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Rocket

Lets go Rockets................!

Roc

Missed tackels and penalties

pepe

NW chocked like the Canes

alberto Munos

UPSET

Rocket

Da West Sorry as F**k. Central would have went up dere and handled business. Party on 71st. LOL...................!

Stick-Em

Big 3! No answer for em. But wait till next year. West all day everyday.

Rocket

Sorry stick-em but da west gon get crushed by st.thomas next year

No 3peat on 71st St !!!!!!!!!!!

After the 1st Qtr, NW got outplayed & outcoached the rest of the game. They had Seminole on the ropes & made the fatal mistake of letting Seminole get their confidence back. I've never seen a recent NW team get dominated on both sides of the line of scrimmage like they did in this one. Forston, Spence & Quavon wouldn't have let that happen, they would've taken over. And speaking of taking over that's what the Big3 for Seminole of Ray Ray, Dubose & Dye did. I couldn't believe a bunch of ignorant NW fans were saying those 3 were overrated and couldn't even start for NW. Like you know more than the 150 major colleges that are recruiting them. They could start for you, St Thomas or any HS team in the country. Could anybody on NW team have made the catch Dubose made or ran the ball at will on your D like Ray Ray did (and he played both ways!!!), NO WAY. Oh well back to 71st St for the Bulls w your runnerup trophy & in the future try to take your opponets a little more seriously & not make so many bonehead Pop Warner penalties. Those penalties will cost you in big games like it cost you the State Championship tonight, that along w a arrogant don't take your opponent seriously after you get a 21-0 lead. St Thomas Aquinas would've beat you by 4 TD's this yr so I guess your lucky your in 6A....this yr. Next yr you gotta go thru St Thomas to get to Orlando. I dont think so but yall are so cocky you probably think you could beat em this yr 2.

RICK TRUTH SPEAKER

THANKS MIGHTY NORTHWESTERN BULLS FOR THE EXCITING GAME YOU GAVE US. I ORIGINALLY WAS GOING TO WATCH THIS GAME AT HOME BUT DECIDED TO TRAVEL TO ORLANDO AND WATCH IT. I WAS VERY, VERY, PROUD OF YOU'LL COACHES INCLUDED. OKAY SO WE LOST. YOU GAVE A GALIANT EFFORT AND I'M A TRUE BULL I'M WITH YOU WHEN YOU WIN AND I'M WITH YOU WHEN YOU LOSE. TO THE SENIORS, HOLD YOUR HEAD UP HIGH. IN LIFE WE WILL ALWAYS HAVE OUR UPS AND DOWNS, BUT JUST LIKE AND ELEVATOR. THEY ALWAYS LEAD US IN SOME TYPE OF DIRECTION, IT'S WHAT WE DO WITH THOSE DIRECTIONS THAT COUNT. REMEMBER YOU EXCEEDED MOST PEOPLE EXPECTATIONS AND I HAVE NO DOUBT NEXT YEAR'S TEAM WILL CONTINUE THE SUCCESS. GOD BLESS YOU, LOVE YOURSELF AND ALWAYS BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. JEREMIAH 29:11

Southern Beauty

FACT…Central ‘Fire Crackers’ DID NOT make it to State! So Rocket all the (would haves) in the world will not change that! Apparently Central is sorrier than Northwestern, because the Bulls prevented Central from going to Orlando to handle business! YES, there is a party on 71st Street! The Bulls made it, unlike Columbus, Central, Killian and Miramar whom the Bulls sent home for the season. The Bulls made it to STATE! Rocket, try passing the FCAT, getting a high school diploma, and getting into college as all of the Seniors of Northwestern’s football team will be doing in June. That lost will not prevent those young men from playing college football at D-1 schools, so stop HATING!

NorthF

So they do play some pretty good football in central Florida.Imagine that.Boone played the Seminoles tougher that the Bulls.

Southern Beauty

NorthF it’s tougher (than), not tougher (that)…I have three (3) words for you…HOOKED ON PHONICS!

Die Hard 305Fan

Are the NW fans believers in the Big3 now or are ya keep up the ignorance and blame this loss all on the coaches. I told yall to watch out for em but people kept saying they were overated, played against weak competition & couldn't even have started on NW '07 team. YEAH RIGHT, looks like the real overrated players was NW defense. Face the music, their 3 stud players outplayed your stud players & yall didn't have an answer for it. They refused to give up, had more heart, speed & talent that the NW players did and in the end are just better than than the defenders NW put up against them. You got beat by a better team w better playmakers who showed up on the big stage to take the State Title from you & back to Sanford, Fl. Deal w it like men/women of character & show some Bull Pride that your always talking about.
Time for the NW fans to stop cryin like whiny b1atches by blaming it on the coaches, man up & give Seminole their due that their playmakers outplayed your playmakers. Rolle didn't fumble the KR, Rolle didn't miss tackles on D & keep the offense off the field for all but 16 seconds of the 3rd Qtr, Rolle wasnt the center floating back the long snap so that the punt got blocked, Rolle wasn't making stupid holding, late hit, offsides penalties that were costing your team TD's, field position & key 1st downs. I will say though that 2 things I do disagree w him on were running out the clock w 1:46 left in the 1st half(big mistake) & not coming up w a new play to get Times the ball after Seminole made the adjustment after the TD & had Ray Ray playing spy on Times. Other than that NW coaches did a great job, in the end yall just got beat by better players who wanted it more than you did & yall took them too lightly just like you did in '01 vs Apopka cause they were from the North Bracket

NW will be back, no doubt about it (although it's gonna be tough to replace Times), Bridgewater is the real deal at QB & will play at the major college level and a great HS team always starts w a great QB. Also they got a lot of underclassmen returning & this whole playoff run will benefit them greatly next yr come playoff time.

Rocket

Sounds like sumbody's upset (southern ugly) LOL. Dont be mad boo, yall got 2 in a row. U bulls are so greedy. But keepin it real the west did let us down. Even tho Central, columbus, and killian lost to u we still wanted yall to win becuz bringing the championship home to Dade County is more important then which school makes it.

Rocket

Now that the season is over its time to focus on 09, which will be the year for the Rockets. We've got Jeffrey Godfrey, Brandon Gainer, Joshua Reese, Charles Gaines j.r., Derrick Dansby, Anthony Williams and so much more. Were gonna be loaded. Will be ranked in the top 5 nationaly for sure! All i want for christmas is Godfrey, Gainer, Reese, and Dansby to commit to da U. God Bless 95st n 17ave. Central Rockets 2009 State Champs

upset bull fan

man we was post to win dis year cuz next year we gotta worry bout st.thomas

jorge morales

Go Seminoles!! (I have a niece that attends Seminole High in Sanford, and I lived there several years before moving back to the Miami area.)

Southern Beauty

Rocket, Central ‘Fire Crackers’ might not be a public school eligible to have a football team if the state has its way and close the consecutive ‘F’ disaster. Maybe Jeffrey Godfrey, Brandon Gainer, Joshua Reese, Charles Gaines, Jr., Derrick Dansby, and Anthony Williams need to start looking for another school to attend. In addition, for the record its somebody not (sumbody) there goes the reason why Central is in danger of being shut down by the state of Florida…the ignorance that are current and pass students! The way you have been ragging on the MIGHTY BULLS did not give the impression you wanted the Bulls to bring the trophy back to the 305. The only classy statements about the Bulls have come from Killian and Miramar fans. Godfrey, Gainer, Reese, and Dansby have to pass the FCAT, complete 75 hours of community services hours (not criminal court hours), and get a diploma before Miami Dade Community College will look at them as potential students, let alone a Division 1 school like the University of Miami. FYI, I would not call myself Southern Beauty if I were not truly BEAUTIFUL, do not make me tell you who is the ugly one! Get your priorities in order and get of the corner selling drugs…LOSER!!

Die Hard 305Fan

to NorthF, Central FL does play some tough football, look at all the problems Lakeland has given STA over the yrs. Also Apopka, Dr Phillips Daytona Beach Mainland & Osceola could be top notch teams in the 305 every yr, they have the athletes, the coaches, the tradition, the fan support & the talent. As far as Boone though, they couldnt've beaten NW this yr, they're too intimidated by NW espc after the 41-0 beatdown in '07. The difference in that game was Debose, Ray Ray & Dye DIDN'T back down and have more heart than the whole '07 Boone team had. Once Ray Ray scored that first diving in the end zone TD to make it 21-7 you could sense Seminole start to gain their confidence and realize they could play w NW. Then when NW fumbled the kickoff & Seminole tied it up 21-21, Seminole realized they could beat them too. Bottom line is Seminoles Big3 got everybodys confidence up on Seminole team & Seminole outplayed NW for the Final 3Qtrs. Boone doesn't have that type of talent and would've gotten beat by NW again, most likely on a running clock too.
NW fell into a trap; they thought cause the stopped Gore, Lamar, Geno, Steadman & outscored Central they'd do the same to Seminole. Problem was Debose, Ray Ray & Dye are better atletes & ball players than the guys I mentioned above & more importantly they got heart which is something you dont know how that's gonna play out till you line up & play the 48minutes on the field. Personally I think if NW makes it back to the finals next yr, don't look for this to happen again & look for them to win w a 4th Qtr running clock the same way STA did this yr. That is if they get back to 6A. If they get stuck w STA in 5A reclassification, it's gonna be REALLY tough to make it back to Orlando. STA is a much better coached team & wont beat themselves. You'll never see an STA team have 14 penalties a game. Or try to run out the clock in the 1st half w the offensive weapons they have.

RICK TRUTH SPEAKER

THE COACHES, PLAYERS, STUDENTS, STAFFS, ALUMUNUS AND OTHERS REALLY SHOULD BE PROUD OF THIS NORTHWESTERN TEAM BECAUSE IN ALL HONESTY, THEY FAR EXCEEDED MOST PEOPLE EXPECTATIONS. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SANDFORD SEMINOLES, BUT IN ALL HONESTY. I DON'T THINK THE BETTER TEAM WON, BUT THE M ORE EXPERIENCED TEAM. I REMEMBER LAST YEAR WHEN MIAMI NORTHWESTERN WENT TO DALLAS TEXAS TO PLAY SOUTHLAKE CARROL, WHO WAS RATED EITHER NUMBER ONE OR NUMBER TWO DEPENDING ON WHAT POLL YOU OBSERVED. THE CROWD WAS LIKE A COLLEGE CROWD, PURE ELECTRIC AND WHEN SOUTHLAKE CARROL TOOK THE BALL ON THE OPENING SERIES AND SCORED A TOUCHDOWN, MOST TEAMS, ESPECIALLY A VISITING TEAM WOULD HAVE FOLDED. NORTHWESTERN WHICH HAD A SENIOR QUARTERBACK AND A DOMINATING SENIOR SQUAD, MERLY LOOKED OVER AT EACH OTHER AND PROCEEDED TO GO ON THE FIELD AND SCORE TO TIE THE SCORE. THIS NOT ONLY TOOK THE BITE OUT OF THE FIGHT OF THE CROWD, IT RE-ESTABLISHED NORTHWESTERN'S PRIORITY OF LEAVING THIS FIELD AS THE NUMBER ONE TEAM IN THE NATION. REMEMBER THE 2007 AND 2006 TEAMS WERE A PRODUCT OF THE DEVASTATING HURT THAT NORTHWESTERN SUFFERED IN A LAST MINUTE DEFEAT BY DEERFIELD BEACH IN THE 2005 STATE SEMIFINALS. WE ALL CRAWL BEFORE WE WALK. NORTHWESTERN WENT TO THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP WITH A SOPHOMORE QUARTERBACK WHO PLAYED VERY WELL AND A VERY YOUNG TEAM WHO DID VERY WELL. THE COACHES IN MY OPINION DID A GOOD JOB, BUT REMEMBER YOU JUST CAN'T SQUEEZE BLOOD OUT OF A TURNIP. YOU CAN TURN A LEMON INTO LEMONADE BUT IN ORDER TO MAKE IT SWEET. YOU MUST HAVE SOME TYPE OF SUGAR. THE SUGAR I N THIS CASE IS DISGUISED AS A LOSS BECAUSE OF THIS LOSS IT WILL INSTILL IN TO THESE PLAYERS THE ABILITY TO WIN IN ORDER TO NEVER, EVER HAVE TO ENCOUNTER THE PAIN OF LOSING A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AGAIN. I GOT MY MONEY'S WORTH AND OF COURSE I WOULD HAVE LOVED FOR MIAM I NORTHWESTERN TO WIN, BUT IN LIFE WIN, OR LOSE THERE IS A MESSAGE, MANY TIMES PAIN WILL TEMPORARILY DISTORT THE MESSAGE, BUT CLARITY OF THOUGHT WILL ENABLE US TO REDIRECT OUR FOCUS. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT. THE SEMINOLES WERE A VERY GOOD TEAM WITH A GOOD PLAN, BUT IN ALL HONESTY. I DON'T THINK THEY WERE THE BETTER TEAM, THEIR EXPERIENCE JUST ENABLED THEM TO WANT THE VICTORY MORE. I SEE ANOTHER NORTHWESTERN DYNASTY IN THE MAKING AND IF THERE IS A BETTER QUARTERBACK IN THE STATE NEXT YEAR. I'LL BELIEVE IT WHEN I SEE IT. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL MY FELLOW BLOGGERS AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES WITH THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER. ISAIAH 65:24 JEREMIAH 33:3

RICK TRUTH SPEAKER

THE COACHES, PLAYERS, STUDENTS, STAFFS, ALUMUNUS AND OTHERS REALLY SHOULD BE PROUD OF THIS NORTHWESTERN TEAM BECAUSE IN ALL HONESTY, THEY FAR EXCEEDED MOST PEOPLE EXPECTATIONS. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SANDFORD SEMINOLES, BUT IN ALL HONESTY. I DON'T THINK THE BETTER TEAM WON, BUT THE M ORE EXPERIENCED TEAM. I REMEMBER LAST YEAR WHEN MIAMI NORTHWESTERN WENT TO DALLAS TEXAS TO PLAY SOUTHLAKE CARROL, WHO WAS RATED EITHER NUMBER ONE OR NUMBER TWO DEPENDING ON WHAT POLL YOU OBSERVED. THE CROWD WAS LIKE A COLLEGE CROWD, PURE ELECTRIC AND WHEN SOUTHLAKE CARROL TOOK THE BALL ON THE OPENING SERIES AND SCORED A TOUCHDOWN, MOST TEAMS, ESPECIALLY A VISITING TEAM WOULD HAVE FOLDED. NORTHWESTERN WHICH HAD A SENIOR QUARTERBACK AND A DOMINATING SENIOR SQUAD, MERLY LOOKED OVER AT EACH OTHER AND PROCEEDED TO GO ON THE FIELD AND SCORE TO TIE THE SCORE. THIS NOT ONLY TOOK THE BITE OUT OF THE FIGHT OF THE CROWD, IT RE-ESTABLISHED NORTHWESTERN'S PRIORITY OF LEAVING THIS FIELD AS THE NUMBER ONE TEAM IN THE NATION. REMEMBER THE 2007 AND 2006 TEAMS WERE A PRODUCT OF THE DEVASTATING HURT THAT NORTHWESTERN SUFFERED IN A LAST MINUTE DEFEAT BY DEERFIELD BEACH IN THE 2005 STATE SEMIFINALS. WE ALL CRAWL BEFORE WE WALK. NORTHWESTERN WENT TO THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP WITH A SOPHOMORE QUARTERBACK WHO PLAYED VERY WELL AND A VERY YOUNG TEAM WHO DID VERY WELL. THE COACHES IN MY OPINION DID A GOOD JOB, BUT REMEMBER YOU JUST CAN'T SQUEEZE BLOOD OUT OF A TURNIP. YOU CAN TURN A LEMON INTO LEMONADE BUT IN ORDER TO MAKE IT SWEET. YOU MUST HAVE SOME TYPE OF SUGAR. THE SUGAR I N THIS CASE IS DISGUISED AS A LOSS BECAUSE OF THIS LOSS IT WILL INSTILL IN TO THESE PLAYERS THE ABILITY TO WIN IN ORDER TO NEVER, EVER HAVE TO ENCOUNTER THE PAIN OF LOSING A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AGAIN. I GOT MY MONEY'S WORTH AND OF COURSE I WOULD HAVE LOVED FOR MIAM I NORTHWESTERN TO WIN, BUT IN LIFE WIN, OR LOSE THERE IS A MESSAGE, MANY TIMES PAIN WILL TEMPORARILY DISTORT THE MESSAGE, BUT CLARITY OF THOUGHT WILL ENABLE US TO REDIRECT OUR FOCUS. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT. THE SEMINOLES WERE A VERY GOOD TEAM WITH A GOOD PLAN, BUT IN ALL HONESTY. I DON'T THINK THEY WERE THE BETTER TEAM, THEIR EXPERIENCE JUST ENABLED THEM TO WANT THE VICTORY MORE. I SEE ANOTHER NORTHWESTERN DYNASTY IN THE MAKING AND IF THERE IS A BETTER QUARTERBACK IN THE STATE NEXT YEAR. I'LL BELIEVE IT WHEN I SEE IT. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL MY FELLOW BLOGGERS AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES WITH THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER. ISAIAH 65:24 JEREMIAH 33:3

Rocket

Sweetie u need to calm down. I know how the word is spelled, why cant i use a short cut? And scince u wanna talk all dat ying yang just to let u know the incoming freshmen for the class of 2005, only 50.08 percent of the students graduated at northwestern so dnt come at me wit dat try to pass the fcat s**t cuz i been there done dat. I bet u acusin me of not havin a diploma cuz u aint got one. U better go to dorsey I hear they give u a G.E.D if u have perfect attendance. Rockets 2009 State Champs!!!

Southern Beauty

Rocket, I have a High School Diploma and a Nursing License, see I have been to college, can you say the same. Maybe you know that Dorsey is giving out GED’s for perfect attendance because you could not make at the ‘F’ school so you had to go to Dorsey to get a GED. As far as the FCAT goes, that was three (3) years ago, the graduating class for Northwestern is much higher than the school that’s going to be closed by the state of Florida. If you looked at the news occasionally to keep up on current events or could read a newspaper you would know that so shut your DUMB A** up!

rellik

stop you guys and give it rest

top notch

coach billy rolle choked.

Rocktet

Central Rockets 2009 State Champs...........!

money

nw good game the fighting noles just wanted that state title just a little more yall team loaded so you should be back again next year

thebullmaaster

why is it everytime nortwestern does something good or bad and we all are human and do good or bad things the only thing people can say is wait until next year my team this or my team will do that and thats all that is being said about next year and the next and the next if you get my drift cause every time next year comes there team flops and there is no negativeness about there team but if the west don't get it done they chop or they were just lucky to get that far come on everyone has there time and place in life and will accomplish something some more than other lets just be glad who ever or what ever school is from the 305 and from florida to keep those scouts coming to help put our kidss in college

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